Norwich City Under-21s beat Dereham Town while running the rule over Shrewsbury winger Josh Ginnelly

Josh Ginnelly in action for Norwich City at Dereham Town. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Josh Ginnelly in action for Norwich City at Dereham Town. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Three trialists were given the chance to impress Norwich tonight as their development side beat non-league Dereham, writes Gavin Caney.

Defender Afolabi Coker, recently released by Leeds, striker Dernell Wynter of Enfield Town and wideman Josh Ginnelly started the under-21 outfit's first pre-season friendly of the summer. While Coker looked powerful at the heart of a relatively untroubled City defence, it was Wynter and Ginnelly especially who caught the eye at Aldiss Park.

Although the Premier League new-boys are hardly short of quality wideman, it was the latter's presence which will have set tongues wagging among the top-flight. A host of clubs including Newcastle United are thought to be keeping tabs on the 18-year-old who broke into Shrewsbury's first team last season as a scholar.

The Shrews recently revealed the winger has failed to turn up for pre-season – despite being offered two professional contracts. The in-demand youngster will surely be tied down soon though after showing some quality bursts and appearing to possess the same attacking instincts that have helped the Murphy twins garner a hot reputation at Carrow Road.

Wynter did his claims of stepping into the full-time game no harm at all by claiming an assist. His cut back was turned home by Cameron King at the second time of asking after his initial shot had cannoned back off Andy Wilton's crossbar early on. City's number 10 would have doubled his account had it not been for the post during what turned out to be a routine 1-0 victory for Norwich.