Jul 15, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Cressing Road
Braintree Town
1-6
NorwichNorwich City
Marks (69')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Surman (7'), Lafferty (24'), van Wolfswinkel (47', 86'), Redmond (54'), Johnson (61')

Result: Norwich City hammer Braintree Town in pre-season friendly

Norwich striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel in action against Real Sociedad on August 6, 2013
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel grabs a brace as Norwich hammer Braintree Town 6-1 in a pre-season friendly.

Norwich City have continued their pre-season preparations with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Braintree Town this evening.

Both sides made a bright start to the match, with Bradley Johnson testing Nick Hamann with a free kick before Braintree's Alan Massey nodded a corner just over at the other end.

The opening goal was not long coming, however, as Andrew Surman produced a calm finish having been found in the box by Wes Hoolahan.

Gary Hooper and Johnson both came close to doubling the Canaries' lead shortly afterwards, while Sean Marks clipped the outside of the post with an effort for the hosts.

The second goal came midway through the first half as Kyle Lafferty curled a fine free kick over the wall and into the corner from 25 yards out.

Lafferty almost doubled his personal tally in the 38th minute when he latched on to Elliott Bennett's cross, but his looping header came back off the crossbar.

Norwich made eight changes at the break but still managed to pick up where they left off, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel taking advantage of a Hamann error to walk the ball into an empty net just two minutes after the restart.

It was 4-0 less than 10 minutes later as Nathan Redmond's long-range strike found the bottom corner, while Hamann was on hand to prevent another goal shortly afterwards as he denied Lewis Grabban.

It was merely delaying the inevitable, however, and the Canaries got their fifth just after the hour mark courtesy of a Johnson strike from the edge of the box.

Braintree did get themselves on the scoresheet with 20 minutes to play as Marks fired home from close range after the Norwich defence had failed to deal with a cross.

The five-goal lead was restored with just four minutes remaining, however, as Van Wolfswinkel capped off the scoring with his second of the night after being set up by Josh Murphy.

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