Henderson saves Norwich with late double
Felixstowe & Walton United 3 Norwcih City XI 4Two late goals from substitute Ian Henderson saved the Norwich City blushes as they trailed 3-2 at the break after a first half that had seen the Canaries have plenty of possession and play some pretty football but lacking the finishing touch against a Felixstowe & Walton side that paraded 5 potential new signings in their starting line up.
FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED 3 NORWICH CITY XI 4
Two late goals from substitute Ian Henderson saved the Norwich City blushes as they trailed 3-2 at the break after a first half that had seen the Canaries have plenty of possession and play some pretty football but lacking the finishing touch against a Felixstowe & Walton side that paraded 5 potential new signings in their starting line up.
New Seasiders manager Paul Adams, back for his third stint in charge, will have been encouraged by his sides performance in their first run out against a Norwich side that included Matt Jackson and Paul Dalglish in their line up.
The home side almost grabbed an early lead when they forced a fourth minute corner and Watson rose above the defence to power Scales flag-kick just wide of the post. But it was the visitors who made the first breakthrough in the 8th minute when Andrew Oxby rode a clumsy tackle before steering the ball wide of Hammond to put his side ahead.
The lead lasted barely a minute as a neat passing movement from the home side opened up the Norwich defence and John Bickers showed plenty of composure to finish emphatically with a low shot past Lee-Barrett. Three minutes later Bickers was again on the spot to collect a loose ball after some neat play from Dean Henry and drill the ball past the Norwich 'keeper.
Taking the lead certainly boosted the home side's confidence and they played some attractive football going forward and defended well when the Canaries forced the pace.
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Hammond produced a top quality save in the 14th min to turn away Danny Bloomfield's shot and deny him scoring against his former club and Karl Knights headed off the line to again deny Bloomfield in the 21st minute after Hammond had parried Dalglish's cross into his path.
Felixstowe & Walton then rocked the Canaries even further in the 35th min. when Dean Henry extended the lead after Andrews had done the hard work before setting him up.
Bloomfield finally got some reward for his efforts 3 minute later when he reduced the deficit from close range after the home defence had got themselves in a muddle and he pounced on the loose ball to stab home.
The second half saw the inevitable changes as both managers made substitutions at regular intervals with Challis replacing Hammond in goal for the second period and the match lost much of it momentum with Norwich taking control of the midfield.
With the Norwich fitness level proving a vital factor the equaliser always looked likely with Hayes heading wide in the 64th min and Challis turning away a fierce shot from Sinclair 4 minutes later.
In the 74th min Dalglish burst into the area and referee Mick Thorpe had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot as he was bundled over by Scarff. The former Blackburn player got up to take the spot kick but Challis got down well to parry his effort but the alert Henderson followed up to level the scores and four minutes later the diminutive 16 year old grabbed the winner as he collected Goodchild's pass to finish well.
It was certainly a good test for the home side with Crawford & Pritchard looking impressive at the heart of the defence and Nicky Barker involved in much of the midfield play but Paul Adams will have no illusions about the task ahead despite the confident start.
TEAMS: Felixstowe & Walton: Hamilton (Challis 45), Knights, Crawford, Pritchard, Barker, Watson, Sadler, Andrews, Henry, Bickers, Scales. Subs used: Crump, Wells, Ager, Winship, Scarff, Ricketts.
Norwich City: Lee-Barrett, Self, Blois, Davey, Jackson, Goodchild, Dalglish, Woodrow, Bloomfield, Oxby, Sinclair, Subs used: Shackell, Henderson, Hayes.