Downpour ruins Norwich City reunion for Lowestoft Town’s Ryan Jarvis
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Ryan Jarvis' Norwich City reunion will have to wait for another – drier – day.
The Canaries' first public outing of pre-season was called off last night, due to hours of persistent rain that left Lowestoft Town's Crown Meadow pitch unplayable – as well as leaving the Trawlerboys out of pocket.
City told Lowestoft they will do all they can to rearrange the friendly for later in the year – although the logistics of that may prove tricky for a game unlikely to deliver the prestige offered by pre-season.
The match was also set to mark the contribution of Blues legend – and City fan – Micky Chapman.
'It was going to be lovely coming up against my old club – a couple of the lads there I know and it would've been nice to have played them,' said Jarvis.
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'But this does happen at the Meadow. We witnessed it last year with the pitch.
'It's frustrating for us players – but more so for Micky, the club and fans more than anything. It would've been great for Micky and he deserved this night.
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'The thing is the pitch actually needed it! There were two massive puddles and they just couldn't shift it.
'Thursday night we'll train on it and then we've got Wroxham on Saturday, and it will probably be a lovely pitch to play on. But they probably don't want to risk their millions of pounds-worth of players on our pitch.'
City will now prepare for Saturday's 120-minute friendly at League One Peterborough United – having begun their friendly schedule on Saturday with a 2-1 behind closed doors win against Walsall at St George's Park.
City did not speak to the media last night – and were not expected to either, had the game gone ahead.
There were also reports in the national press last night a £7m bid from the Canaries for striker Britt Assombalonga had been rejected by Nottingham Forest.