Norwich City U18 1, West Ham U18 1
John Landamore Because of international call-ups Ricky Martin was forced into a couple of changes for this morning's visit of West Ham to Colney. Striker Danny Kelly had five stitches in a head injury picked up in Russia playing for the Republic of Ireland and took no part in this game while having played twice for Denmark in Greece this week Dario Dumic started the game on the substitutes' bench.
Because of international call-ups Ricky Martin was forced into a couple of changes for this morning's visit of West Ham to Colney.
Striker Danny Kelly had five stitches in a head injury picked up in Russia playing for the Republic of Ireland and took no part in this game while having played twice for Denmark in Greece this week Dario Dumic started the game on the substitutes' bench.
After this week's wintry conditions it was a very heavy pitch that greeted the teams and not surprisingly the surface cut up right from the off.
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City created the first opening of the game after some good build-up play although Nick Davey fired his shot wide of the target.
The Hammers looked dangerous on the break and they almost caught the Canaries out with a shot from the edge of the area that was blocked by a City defender but the loose ball was teed up for Georg Grasser but his rising shot was well saved by the Canaries keeper Declan Rudd.
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Davey again went close, this time after some good work by Luke Daley. West Ham striker Balint Bajner should have done better with a free header that Rudd saved comfortably.
Kris Renton was making his first appearance since a minor knee operation and on the stroke of half-time he saw a shot blocked.
Martin introduced Jed Steer at half time. The City keeper is all set to join the England squad early next week when they travel to the Algarve.
The visitors stepped their game up and it needed a good interception from George Francomb to deny Bajner while moments later a through ball sent Oliver Lee clear but after rounding Steer he took the ball too wide before losing possession.
Tom Adeyemi saw a curling shot go just wide while moments later at the other end Steer got down well to block a shot from Josh Payne. On 84 minutes City finally broke the deadlock.
A fantastic run by Adeyemi saw him beat two defenders before pulling the ball back from the byline and while the initial shot was blocked DAVEY fired the loose ball home although it needed referee Mr George to signal a ball had crossed the line after a West Ham defender appeared to clear the ball off the line.
City's lead lasted all of three minutes as the Hammers hit back when a far post header was knocked down for LEE to cheekily back heel the ball into the net.
t Norwich City Man of the Match: George Francomb.
t Norwich City: Rudd (Steer 45), Brindley, Gordon (Dumic 87), Lathrope, Francomb, Stephens, Daley, Omoregei, Renton (Clarke 45), Adeyemi, Davey. Subs not used Reeves, Ball.
t West Ham: Loveday, Barrett, Fry, McNaughton, Sanchez, Lee, Kearns, Payne, Abdullah (Edgar 70), Bajner (Subuola 72), Grasser (Okus 75). Sub not used: Cowler.