Albion's under-23s drew their final match of the season.
- Albion draw 0-0 with Norwich City at Carrow Road
- Max Sanders hits the post in second-half stoppage time
- Harry Cardwell goes close in first half
- The Seagulls end the league season in eighth position
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s took a share of the spoils in their final league game of the season, as they drew 0-0 against Norwich City at Carrow Road this evening.
Max Sanders came agonisingly close to securing the points in second-half stoppage time, as he struck the post from close range for the Seagulls, which left the scores level and means Simon Rusk’s team finish eighth in the Premier League 2 (Division 2).
Rusk made five changes to the starting line-up that beat Stoke City in their last fixture, with Joe Ward returning to the side after his loan spell at National League champions Lincoln City.
The hosts created the first opportunity of the game when Diallang Jaiyesimi raced into the box to meet Jamal Lewis’s cross, but the Canaries man drilled his shot wide of the target from 15 yards.
George Cox tried his luck with an ambitious cross-shot from the left-hand touchline, and with Norwich goalkeeper Paul Jones scrambling across his goal, the full-back’s effort found the roof of the net.
Ward came close to finding a breakthrough for the Seagulls, after latching onto Robert Sanchez’s long ball forward, however the winger’s lobbed attempt dropped just over.
Albion continued to apply pressure inside the opening half hour, and when Harry Cardwell found himself through on goal after Dessie Hutchinson’s defence-splitting pass, Jones raced out the smother the striker’s shot.
Michee Efete then wasted an opportunity for the hosts, with Ray Grant waiting in space near the penalty spot, as he cut inside his marker and lashed an effort over the crossbar.
Sanchez collided with Efete shortly before the break, which led to the Norwich player going off injured, however Sanchez recovered as the side’s went in all square at the break.
After the re-start, Cox did well to cut inside of Ebou Adams but fired wide of goal, before Tyler Forbes curled an effort narrowly wide of the far post after going past Lewis.
James Tilley worked space for himself inside the penalty area but blasted wide of Jones’s right-hand post, shortly before Sanchez was called into action, as he saved Glenn Middleton’s fierce effort low down.
Joe Crowe then had a deflected effort go wide for the Canaries, before Adams was denied from the resulting corner, as Albion held strong under Norwich’s late pressure.
Rusk’s team had a glorious chance to secure maximum points three minutes from time, but Hutchinson’s close-range header looped just over from Forbes’s wonderful delivery into the box.
With the match into stoppage time, the ball dropped to substitute Sanders, who fired at goal from inside the penalty area, but the midfielder’s effort came back off the post, as the game finished all square.
ALBION: Sanchez; Dallison, White, Hall (J.Davies 68), Cox; Forbes, Hutchinson, Molumby, Ward (Collar 76); Tilley; Cardwell (Sanders 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK), Barclay.