Norwich United take positives from defeat
NEWMARKET TOWN 2, NORWICH UNITED 1: Norwich United lost out by the odd goal of three at the Town Ground despite Matty Robinson giving them a first-half lead and felt aggrieved at two significant late decisions that went against them.
Already missing Jamie Wilson and Paul Atkins through injury and Justin Fox serving a one match ban, the Planters were dealt further blows when Andrew Claydon, Lewis Butcher and Ryan Seabright all came down with flu and Jordan Blyth was called away with work.
Under-18 centre-half Aarron Taylor made his debut at full back and there was a first call up to the squad for Andy Cook who was on a much depleted bench.
The Planters started well and Ross King brought a save from Andrew Youngs. Newmarket replied with Ben Nower holding a Jonny Olive shot and then tipping over from James Lane. King once again tested Youngs afte a good run into the box.
The Planters took the lead in the 33rd minute when King's cross from the left evaded both Ben Furlong and goalkeeper Youngs leaving a simple turn in for Robinson, to mark his full return to the side after being out since January.
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The Planters weren't ahead for long however as within a minute James Lane's shot from the edge of the area found the bottom corner.
Robinson brought another save out of Youngs, King shot wide on the turn from Taylor's throw into the box and Robinson lobbed just over as the Planters finished the half strongly.
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Nower had to block a Lane shot shortly after the restart, before the Planters once again got the upper hand, King just failing to reach a Lee Hunter cross from the right and then King's cross was just in front of Robinson.
Robinson was a constant thorn and his interception allowed him to put King away but his first time shot was high and wide.
Somewhat against the run of play Newmarket took the lead 12 minutes from time, the Planters were appealing for a foul wide on the left and as the ball came over to the far post where Jason Lynch headed firmly home.
To add insult to injury the Planters felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Ross King was held back from touching Hunter's cross home from close range.
The Planters' chances ended when Andy Key's injury time shot from an acute angle on the left went into the side netting.
A disappointing result from a good performance from Paul Chick's depleted team. Taylor grew in stature as the game went on and Robinson showed signs of what the Planters have been missing.
Chick was philosophical after the game: 'We played them off the park second half and another day it could have been four or five-one. The boys felt it was a foul leading up to the winner so I'm really disappointed, but there were a lot of positives to take from what was a bit of a scratch side today.'
• Newmarket Town: Youngs, Munro, Baillie, Liberatore, Lewis, Crick, Gilkes (Lynch 65), Grainger, Lane (Mepham 84), Olive, Bell. Unused sub: Claydon.
• Norwich United: Nower, Taylor, Key, Coe, Shipley, Simpson, Hunter, G Wilson, R King, Robinson, Furlong. Unused Subs: J Wilson, A Cook.
• Referee: C Francis. Assistants: M Holmes & G Daish.
• Attendance: 60.