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Preview: Norwich City under-21s

10 November 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Norwich City under-21s

10 November 2020

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Two teams who already know that they have secured their place in the Papa John's Trophy second round meet at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium this evening (kick-off: 6pm).

Norwich City under-21s are the visitors tonight in a first against second Southern Section Group F fixture.

Both clubs know they're through to the next stage having enjoyed a 100% record so far in the group with victories over Newport County AFC and Plymouth Argyle. Tonight will decide who tops the group.

You can watch this evening's match online by purchasing an iFollow match pass for £10.

Team news

The competition offers an opportunity to rotate some members of the squad though Sean Long will continue to miss out as he continues to step up his recovery from a hip injury.

There's a chance striker George Lloyd could be involved after successfully completing the concussion protocols required after he picked up a head injury in the last match in the competition against Plymouth Argyle.

Watch Michael Duff's pre-match thoughts on this evening's fixture.


Matchday one in this season's competition saw Norwich City under-21s overcome Plymouth Argyle with a 3-2 win, and they followed that first win with a 5-0 victory in south Wales at Newport County AFC on matchday two.

Those two results, like Cheltenham, have secured safe passage through to the second round and they'll be hoping to claim a third Football League senior side scalp this evening.

They are managed by former Ipswich Town and Crewe Alexandra man David Wright and have enjoyed a positive season with their league commitments so far too.

Competing in Premier League 2 alongside the likes of Sunderland, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United's under-21s teams, they sit third in the table having taken 12 points from seven fixtures.

Their squad includes Wales youth international Dan Barden in goal, while defensively the likes of Andrew Omobamidele, who grew up in Ireland, and Belgium youth international Rob Nizet have been involved in their Papa John's Trophy campaign so far.

In midfield Scotland youth international Reece McAlear is a former Motherwell youngster who could be part of their line-up, as could be central midfielder William Hondermarck, who previously played his football in Ireland with Drogheda United before making the move to English football.

Up top the Robins defence will have to keep an eye on Tyrese Omotoye. The teenager, born in Belgium but raised in England, scored a hat-trick in the matchday two victory over Newport.

Watch the match on iFollow

You can watch the full 90 minutes of this evening's game by purchasing an iFollow match pass.

Subscribe online and pay the £10 fee to watch the game to watch from the comfort of your own home.

Match programme

Tonight's match programme is available to purchase on the CTFC online shop.

Young defender Grant Horton is the big interview and there's also a short interview with forward Alfie May after his two goals in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Manager Michael Duff also pens his pre-match thoughts while there's a look at the night's opponents too.

You can buy the print version online for £1.50, while the digital edition can be downloaded for £1.


Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for regular updates throughout the night.

Goal updates and team news will also be available on the club's Facebook page and Instagram account.

Post-match you can read a match report on the club website and hear from the viewpoint inside the camp to the final result.

Highlights will also be available to watch on iFollow a few hours after the game on the club website and EFL iFollow app on your smartphone.

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