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Posted on 17 January 2006  - 12:00

Our reserves made an impressive return to competitive action with a resounding 5-0 win at Norwich City on Monday night.

Our reserves made an impressive return to competitive action with a resounding 5-0 win at Norwich City on Monday night.

Clive Allen's side beat Watford 5-2 last time out in the FA Premier Reserve League on December 19 and matched that goal tally again after an understandably rusty first half at Carrow Road.

However, they were clinical in front of goal to forge into a 2-0 lead at the break and a quickfire double from Lee Barnard at the start of the second half put the issue beyond doubt. The lads controlled it from there and the icing on the cake arrived via Simon Dawkins' first goal at reserve level to complete the 5-0 scoreline.

Calum Davenport was back in the reserve line-up and back at Carrow Road after a three-month loan spell with the Canaries ended in December. The centre-back was joined by two more returning loanees - Johnnie Jackson and Phil Ifil - while Wayne Routledge lined-up on the right flank with Stephen Kelly.

Naturally, it was Davenport who opened the scoring as we struggled to find our collective feet. It was a simple goal as Jackson swung in a corner and Davenport rose unchallenged to power home his header from 10 yards.

Norwich were always in it in the first half and Rossi Jarvis headed inches wide after 22 minutes.

A moment of magic from Grzegorz Rasiak doubled the lead after 28 minutes. Jackson glided past a couple of challenges before rolling the ball into the Polish striker's feet, he flicked it up and fashioned an overhead kick that sailed into the corner.

Davenport was needed at the other end to divert Michael Spillane's goalbound header to safety on the half-hour but that proved just about the final threat from the home side. Barnard and Rasiak, whose effort was cleared off the line, could have added to the tally before the break.

It didn't take long for in-form Barnard to add to his tally in the second half

Only four minutes had ticked by when he latched onto Rasiak's flick, controlled and drilled home from the edge of the area for 3-0 and it was game over.

Barney bettered that goal after 57 minutes when Rasiak held the ball up and laid it back for his strike partner to unleash a half-volley across keeper Joe Lewis and into the far corner.

It was a case of how many from there on in. Jackson - and most of his team-mates - thought he'd curled home for 5-0 when his 30-yard free-kick struck the underside of the crossbar and, he claimed, clearly over the line but appeals were waved away.

Barnard's best chance of a hat-trick slipped away when he failed to control Ifil's pinpoint cross from the right but a fifth goal wasn't too far away as Dawkins, on for Rasiak, latched on to Kieran McKenna's pass and was alive to pounce on the rebound after his initial effort came back off the crossbar.

11mins: Davenport powered home header from Jackson's corner.
Norwich 0, Spurs 1

28mins: Jackson beat two men in box before passing to Rasiak who flicked the ball up and looped overhead kick into corner from 10 yards.
Norwich 0, Spurs 2

49mins: Barnard onto Rasiak's flick, control and low drive past Lewis from 20 yards.
Norwich 0, Spurs 3

57mins: Rasiak controlled and laid ball back to Barnard who cracked instant half-volley into corner from 25 yards.
Norwich 0, Spurs 4

82mins: Lovely lobbed pass from McKenna released Dawkins on goal, struck crossbar with first effort but onto rebound in a flash and slid home.
Norwich 0, Spurs 5

Norwich City: Lewis, Hughes (Howlett, 46), Brennan, Fisk, Spillane, Gusterson, Cave-Brown, Martin (Muddel, 70), Thorne (Smart, 46), Jarvis, Eagle. Unused sub: Arnold.

Spurs: Cerny, Kelly (McKie, 46), Ifil, McKenna, Lee, Davenport, Routledge (Maghoma, 75) , Jackson, Barnard, Rasiak (Dawkins, 60), Barcham. Unused subs: Burch, Lewis