Jarvis misses out in City friendly

CHRIS LAKEY Ryan Jarvis has been told not to let his head drop up after ending up on the losing side in a one-on-one duel with Dereham goalkeeper Shaun Marshall on Saturday.

CHRIS LAKEY

Ryan Jarvis has been told not to let his head drop up after ending up on the losing side in a one-on-one duel with Dereham goalkeeper Shaun Marshall on Saturday.

The Canaries striker was thwarted by Marshall an incredible seven times in an hour as a young City side ran out 3-0 winners in a pre-season friendly at a sun-drenched Aldiss Park.

“Maybe on another day they would all have gone in and he would have scored seven,” said Canaries youth team coach Darren Bloodworth. “He was in the positions, and I always say if you are in the positions you have got to finish, but he got more frustrated as the game went on. The movement to get into the areas was good - you have to be in the right place to score. It is not a lack of confidence because he was looking sharp, it was just the end product.”

Scoring duties were left to pacy front-man Bally Smart, who scored City's first two goals before Luke Daley popped up with a third right at the death.

Smart opened the scoring just before half-time, his speed taking past a defender on the halfway line and from then on it was just a matter of keeping his composure, which he did to slide the ball past Marshall - who by that stage had already denied Jarvis three times.

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Smart added another a minute into the second half, this time with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.

“Bally's pace is ridiculous,” said Bloodworth. “He is a confidence player as well and I would like to think the two goals he has got will give him confidence to go on from it. We know his ability and pace, now he needs to do it consistently.”

Jarvis a little over an hour, Robert Eagle came off at half-time, while Rossi Jarvis directed operations in midfield alongside Pat Bexfield for the duration.

“For the first team players minutes on the pitch was important and for the younger lads being around the pros has been helpful because it was a good workout - Dereham are a decent side,” added Bloodworth. “They made it very difficult in the first half, but in the second half the fitness told overall as we kept the ball well. It was positive the way we played and the manner we tried to play.

“It is not a run around and they went about their business the way we expect them to at Norwich City.”

Dereham (from): Marshall, Ollie Willis, Cullington, Wilson, Gusterson, Howell, Hayes, Barrett, Beaumont, Harris, Sam Willis, Mann, Moody, Ferguson.

City: Arnold, Cave-Brown, Kelly, Halliday, Yong (Matthews 66), Amour (Cooper, 66), Bexfield, Rossi Jarvis, Eagle (Daley 45), Ryan Jarvis (Davey 66), Smart (Maximo 66).