Wroxham 0, Norwich City XI 6
Norwich academy boss Ricky Martin hailed Tuesday night's comprehensive friendly win at Ridgeons Premier Division Wroxham as one of the best he had seen from the club's young brigade.
Martin was delighted with the manner of City's display in a squad featuring raw professionals Jed Steer, Matt Ball, Dawkin and Tom Adeyemi. None of the club's senior players were on duty at Trafford Park, but the Canaries were still too slick for the 2010 FA Vase finalists.
Skipper Patrick Drmola headed City in front before Josh Dawkin's brace and Richard Brindley's strike put the visitors in command before the break. Young Irish defender Kyle McFadden and Jamar Loza sealed the emphatic win after Martin had made wholesale changes for the final quarter.
'Very pleased with that,' said Martin. 'When you get a team where the oldest player is still an under 21 against good players and a good team who have been back a number of weeks and have been working on their fitness its all credit to our group.
'That first half was very good - one of the better performances from any of my teams during pre-season. We played a good system that the first team use and the personnel in the team carried out their roles. We really kept the ball well and kept them on the back foot. We deservedly went in at half-time 4-0 and although those players knew they were coming off they put it in for another 20 minutes or so. Then we made ten changes and we're sending on boys in some cases who have just finished their GCSE exams and we won that 2-0. Anyone who put the yellow and green on in this game did themselves proud.'
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Martin praised the approach from City's youngsters in games over the past few days against Ridgeons opposition.
'We had some young players out there and you can see in certain situations they might be physically weak but I thought technically and tactically we dealt with it very well against some very good Wroxham players,' he said, 'It's just pleasing to put out two teams effectively and be really competitive. The two full backs who started we would have liked to play them in reserve team football last year, but because of the rules they are too young.'
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Wroxham's summer signing Jordan Rocastle tested Jed Steer in the first half and the Yachtsmen hit the post after the break, but home skipper Graham Challen paid tribute to the visitors.
'I actually enjoyed watching some of that football,' he said. 'They are good players. They might be young but they play it in the right way. They were at us straight from the off – switching the ball well and catching us out. Both full backs played very high and kept bombing on and they were getting plenty of crosses in. Before we knew it, we were 2-0 down which puts you on the back foot. You don't want to get on the end of a silly score so we had to try and tighten up. It was a good work out for us. Even if we were chasing shadows when we didn't have the ball, putting those ten and 20 yard sprints in is what pre-season is all about and getting that fitness.'
• Wroxham (starting line up): Hilton, Cabana, Howes, Challen, Hilton, Daniels, Hinton, Lemmon, Cook, Rocastle, Terrington.
• Norwich City XI (starting line up): Steer, Barker, Toffolo, Kelly, McKenzie, Triallist, Adeyemi, Brindley, Ball, Drmola, Dawkin.
• Goals: Drmola (9), Dawkin (19, 34), Brindley (24), McFadden (73), Loza (87)