Friday, November 23, 2012
Dereham Town came within two minutes of knocking out the talented Norwich youngsters in an entertaining Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie at Aldiss Park.
The Magpies took the lead in the first half through Nicky Howell and looked set to clip the Canaries’ wings and reach the quarter finals.
But Jamar Loza struck in the dying minutes to take the game in to extra time.
Despite both teams having numerous chances in the added period, neither could find the winner and there will now be a replay.
No date and venue have been arranged but it looks like being at Norwich’s Player Development Centre rather than Carrow Road.
Gary Starling returned to skipper the Magpies as they put last Saturday’s disappointing FA Vase defeat behind them with a much improved performance.
The Canaries started brightly and Jacob Murphy saw his curling left footer deflected inches from the target in the fourth minute.
Dereham then had a penalty shout dismissed after Shaun Bammant took a tumble in the box.
The visitors proceeded to pass and move well around the immaculate Aldiss Park surface but Dereham had several players behind the ball and protected their goal well. In the 20th minute Murphy passed inside to Cameron McGeehan who fired well over Andy Wilton’s goal from 20 yards.
Dereham created their first opening in the 27th minute when after a well worked four man move Shaun Bammant just failed to get his head on Nicky Howell’s fine cross from right.
However minutes later the Magpies found the net when Bammant controlled the ball on his chest before flicking on to Howell who ran on and lifted the ball over Norwich keeper Remi Matthews to put his side in front.
Dereham continued to play with confidence and City had Toffolo booked for a poor challenge on Ryan Hawkins.
In the 44th minute Ben Wyatt drilled a well struck 25 yarder just over the top and Dereham held a slender lead following an even first half. Soon after the restart Luke Tuttle replaced Aaron Kay for the home side. In the 50th minute Murphy chipped the ball onto the top of Wilton’s bar.
Dereham were unlucky not to increase their lead when Tuttle’s powerful header was blocked following a Starling free kick.
Bammant then just failed to convert a Howell cross from the left as the Magpies pressed again.
Wilton punched clear an effort from the lively Murphy as Norwich looked to restore parity.
Wilton was forced to then make a fine reaction save to keep out Murphy’s close range header from Wyatt’s centre from the left.
In the 73rd minute a Michael Clunan corner made its way to Olumide Durojaiye whosef ierce 22 yard drive looked to be heading goalward until Wilton leapt to his left to make a superb save.
Dereham came within inches of increasing their lead in the 81st minute when Tuttle curled a brilliant ball to Howell who took two touches before unleashing a powerful drive across Matthews’ goal that rattled his left hand post.
Norwich equalised in the 88th minute when a simple short pass was threaded through to Loza who side footed home giving Wilton no chance to take the game into extra time.
A Starling free kick caused problems for the City defence before they were able to hack the ball to safety.
Norwich responded with Loza having a shot across goal deflected behind for a corner. It was all square as the game went into its final period.
Bussens had a close range drive deflected just off target as Dereham pressed for the all important third goal.
Norwich then pressed and Wilton produced a fantastic save to turn Murphy’s curler onto a post and then getting down well to keep out Hall-Johnson’s header as the ball entered his. box again. Dereham nearly netted the winner when Bammant’s chip travelled the wrong side of Matthews’ post.
The game ended with Norwich clearing following a goalmouth scramble.
• Dereham: Wilton, Hawkins, Starling, Gusterson, Eastoe-Smith, Howard, Howell, Smith, Bammant, Borrer, Kay.
• Norwich Under-21s: Matthews, Barker, McNeil, Gafaiti, Wyatt, Clunan, McGeehan, Jacob Murphy, Toffolo, Morris, Hall-Johnson