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Norwich City 2010

It was a slightly cold and blustery morning when the players arrived at Carrow Road to play in Football Aid's tenth consecutive game at the home of the Canaries. The eager wait was over for the 2010 charity match and there was a feeling of excitement amongst the fans, fuelled by the knowledge that they would be lining up alongside club legends Darren Huckerby and Gary Holt...

Monday 12th April 2010
Norwich City Home v Norwich City Away
KO: 12:00 PM
Playing Legends: Darren Huckerby (Home) and Gary Holt (Away)
Managing Legends: Terry Allcock (Home) and Bill Punton (Away)
Match Officials: Nigel Warnes, Ralph Morris, Richard Owen and Keith Greensides

The match began with both teams showing plenty of endeavour, but it was the Away side that were exerting the early pressure; pushing forward in numbers and earning themselves a collection of throw-ins and free kicks in the opposition half. The first opening arrived in the 13th min when a certain Darren Huckerby showed 2 defenders a clean pair of heels down the left touchline, whipping in a cross to the back post that was eventually cleared by the Away defence.

A minute later and Away No 9, Matthew Walker, received the ball wide on the left before running at goal and shooting right footed from inside the area, his shot was parried by the keeper and cleared by the defence. In the 21st min the Away team had another effort on target, this time Dean Hurren surged through the midfield, past his marker, playing the ball out to Matthew Walker on the right of the area and continuing his run he received the return pass just inside the area and shot first time with his right foot, narrowly missing to the left of goal.

In the 34th min Darren Huckerby showed his pace once again, racing through the Away defence and going through on goal, he feinted to go past the keeper but an alert Tom Whitmore dived on the ball. The game was end-to-end by this stage and almost straight from the goal kick Away No 7, Tim Roberts, received the ball on the right of midfield, cut in towards the centre circle and picked out a great run by Scott Whitmore. Whitmore got past the last line of defence to the right of goal but saw his shot rise high and wide of the target.

With the half drawing to a close the Home side took the lead; Huckerby raced through the centre of midfield then passed left to captain Steven Thompson, his right foot shot was blocked by a defender but the rebound came straight back to him. Thompson passed to Huckerby who neatly laid it off for Ian Davenport to hit a cracking right foot shot into the top right corner of the net (1-0).

The referee had already checked his watch a couple of times when the Away side stole an equaliser just before half-time; Shaun Howes turned away from his marker in the centre and slid a great ball inside the left back for teammate Tim Roberts, who collected the ball then cut inside, ran past the keeper and slotted into the empty net (1-1).

Half time: Norwich City Home 1 - 1 Norwich City Away

The Away team began the second half in assertive fashion, getting a corner that came to nothing then attacking down the right in numbers, the ball being delivered into the box and landing at the feet of Dean Hurren, though his first time right foot effort went wide of the left hand post. In the 54th min James English got clear of the Home defence and was running through on goal before being brought down by Paul Denton, with what can only be described as a professional foul. Thankfully for Denton the referee was in a lenient mood. Dean Hurren took the resulting freekick but saw his effort sail over the bar.

A few minutes later and the Away team had their reward for the concerted pressure, Gary Holt taking a throw in level with the area found the lively Dean Hurren, he ran towards the goal before playing the ball in for James English who hit a great left foot shot past the diving Steve Brassington in goal (1-2).

In the 63rd min the home side came extremely close to levelling the game; a corner for the home side was taken by Darren Huckerby, he played a quick one-two then delivered an inch perfect ball towards the back post where it was met by the head of Andrew Coleman who had risen above the away keeper, Tom Whitmore. Unfortunately Coleman's header agonisingly hit the top of the crossbar before rolling to safety!

The Home side were showing great determination to get back into the match now, another cross from the left was directed at goal which forced Whitmore into a fantastic reaction save, tipping the ball onto the bar before Gary Holt headed it off the line.

With ten minutes remaining the Away side's Dean Hurren had the chance to wrap up the win when he was sent clear of the defence with only the keeper to beat. Running in at goal from the left he hit his shot over the keeper... and the bar, before holding his head in his hands. That miss was to prove costly as moments later the home side equalised; Huckerby, yet again, running down the left and laying the ball off for Jason Guy to hit a great right foot shot into the bottom corner (2-2).

Both teams were going all out for the win in the closing minutes, but it was the Away side that once again managed to drag themselves into the lead. Gary Holt breaking down the left wing, pulling the ball back for Dean Hurren and this time there was no mistake, Hurren casually slotting his right foot shot past the keeper (2-3).

However there was to be one final twist in the match in the final minute; the Home side were awarded a highly contentious penalty for reason as yet unknown, Jason Guy stepping up to take the pressure spot-kick. His initial shot was brilliantly saved by away keeper, Steve Brassington, but the referee ordered the penalty to be re-taken for an infringement, and Guy made no mistake in tucking the ball into the bottom right hand corner past Brassington's outstretched arm (3-3).

Full-Time: Norwich City Home 3 - 3 Norwich City Away

Man of the Match (Home): Steve Brassington
Man of the Match (Away): Owen Thomas
Moment of the Match: James English

Home Team: Steven Brassington, Philip Lockwood-Taylor, Darren Huckerby (L), Paul Denton, Alex King, Ian Davenport, Andrew Coleman, Luke Adamczyk, Steven Thompson (C), Christopher Proctor, Richard Warwick, Jason Guy, Jon Hare, Mark Mills. Manager: Terry Allcock,

Away Team: Tom Whitmore, Tim Proctor (C), Gary Holt (L), Kevin Whittaker, Owen Thomas, Shaun Howes, Tim Roberts, Scott Whitmore, Matthew Walker, Tristen Watson, Dean Hurren, Mark Bagley, James English. Manager: Bill Punton

Mascots: James Denton and Louie Watson