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Photo gallery: Friendly: King’s Lynn Town 2, Norwich City Under-21s 1

PUBLISHED: 22:05 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:47 16 July 2014

Declan Rudd. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Declan Rudd. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Norwich fans saw a glimpse of the Canaries’ future – and maybe their past – as the club’s second-string lost at The Walks tonight.

City’s development squad were joined by defender Sebastien Bassong and striker Luciano Becchio who are clearly fighting for their futures at Carrow Road. And while both played 60 minutes, one was far more impressive than the other against the Linnets.

The centre-back, who played during the under-21s’ 3-1 loss at Boston United on Saturday, looked determined to show his professionalism. The 28-year-old looked far more composed than his partner at the heart of defence, former Paris St Germain teenager and trialist Cece Pepe, 17, and pulled his colleagues about with all the experience of a man who has played in the Premier League. Becchio on the other hand offered little to suggest that he is desperate to resurrect a career which has never got off the ground since his arrival in Norfolk.

But it was another player who created the major talking point on the evening, and that man was Steve Spriggs. He was a shock inclusion in Gary Setchell’s squad and could be set for his fourth spell with Town – despite being told his days at Lynn were over when he left the club, again, last season. However, the reformed outfit’s record goalscorer showed his worth by setting up both goals during a 45-minute cameo that showed there may well be a new chapter written in his semi-professional career.

It was Norwich who took the lead in the fourth minute when Carlton Morris slotted home a penalty. Jacob Murphy and Cameron King dazzled. Yet the hosts eventually grew into the game.

Declan Rudd hadn’t had a save to make until Bassong went off and his defence fell apart. Spriggs teed up former City youngster Jordan Yong to level things with about 20 minutes to go before the wideman did the same for Jake Jones to win it 10 minutes later after Luis Duarte had robbed a dallying Reiss Awuah of the ball.

Other friendly results: Outwell 1 Lynn Reserves 7, Wroxham 0 Leiston 0, Gorleston 5 Caister 1, Thetford 3 Mundford 1

Lynn (starting XI): Street, Ramm, Yong, Ward, Fryatt, Watson, Stocker, Quigley, Frew, Bridges, Jones.

Norwich (starting XI): Rudd, Norman, Fox, McGeehan, Bassong, Pepe, Jacob Murphy, Hall-Johnson, Becchio, King, Morris.

Goals: Morris (pen, 4), Yong (68), Jones (78)

Referee: N Walker. Attendance: 295

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  • Thanks for the comments DJ. I've been a bit unkind with Seb but I'm pleased that he's getting stuck in. Poor Becci doesnt get much luck and a striker needs the occasional slice of luck.

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    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Would have to disagree regarding Bassong and Becchio Gavin. From my position behind the Lynn keepers goal (superb MOM performance with 4 great saves), Becchio was always looking for a pass but for 40 minutes barely received one. He did however have a gilt-edged chance after 40 minutes but chose to cut inside instead of shooting from 15 yards and the chance was lost. Second half,I thought he showed much more and interacted well with his teammates. Murphy continues to try and be a one-man show and far too often tried to go alone when a team-mate was better positioned. That has to be improved. Bassong looked OK but compared to Pepe anyone would - he had a shocker. Once the main substitutions had been made, it really looked men against boys although Lynn were thankful to their keeper for his stunning saves to keep them in the game.

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    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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