Norwich City to play majority of under-23 Premier League Two home games at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoons during 2017-18 season

Diallang Jaiyesimi opened the scoring for City's U23s at Sutton on Friday. Picture by Paul Chesterto

Diallang Jaiyesimi opened the scoring for City's U23s at Sutton on Friday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Fixtures details for the new Premier League Two campaign have been released, with Norwich City intending to play the majority of home games at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoons.

Matt Gill’s squad continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-2 away defeat to National League side Sutton United on Friday night.

The young Canaries took the lead after trial striker Pierre Xavier Fonkeu teed up Diallang Jaiyesimi in the 12th minute but Sutton hit back to move 2-1 ahead nine minutes before half-time.

Todd Cantwell equalised in the 79th minute for the visitors, firing a low free-kick under the home wall, but the Londoners reclaimed the lead with two minutes remaining at Gander Green Lane.

City have since confirmed that Friday’s final pre-season for the development squad, against Burnley, will be played behind closed doors at Colney due to the friendly being played at the same time as first-team training.

The U23s then begin their Premier League Two Division Two campaign against Brighton at Colney on Monday, August 14, in a 2pm kick-off which will be open to the public.

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They then travel to Middlesbrough for a 7pm kick-off at Heritage Park on Friday, August 18, before playing their first match at Carrow Road at 7pm on Friday, August 25, against Stoke City.

Another long away trip follows on Monday, September 11, to Newcastle United, for a 7pm kick-off at the Premier League club’s St James’ Park stadium.

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On September 17 the U23s play their first Sunday game of the season at Carrow Road, against Blackburn Rovers at 2pm – which is when the majority of the team’s home games will be played.

Last season City’s youngsters finished bottom of Division Two, winning four and drawing five of their 22 matches, but enjoyed success in cup competitions when reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup and PL International Cup.

In total they played 40 games in all competitions but will not be competing in the Checkatrade Trophy again, having reached the last 16 in 2016-17, due to the academies of higher-level clubs accepting their invites.

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