Norwich rout Colchester - but fans ejected

Sarah HallNorwich City emerged victorious in today's vital League One clash at Colchester - but a number of Canaries fans found themselves ejected from the Essex club's stadium.Sarah Hall

Norwich City emerged victorious in yesterday's vital League One clash at Colchester - but a number of Canaries fans found themselves ejected from the Essex club's stadium.

The Canaries emphatically won the grudge match 5-0, exacting revenge on their East Anglian rivals after the 7-1 opening day drubbing at Carrow Road.

On a rain-soaked pitch striker Chris Martin grabbed a brace, defender Gary Doherty scored his fifth of the season and substitute Oli Johnson slotted home the fourth before leading scorer Grant Holt added a fifth to delight the travelling fans.

Playmaker Wes Hoolahan also slammed a penalty against the crossbar on a day, while Thetford-born ex-Canary Ian Henderson was red-carded on his Colchester debut.

To make a good day even better, Norwich's title rivals Leeds United slipped up against Exeter, leaving the Canaries just three points off top spot.

Spice was added to the game because Canaries boss Paul Lambert swapped Essex for Norfolk just 10 days after that match, along with assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.

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The move sparked a bitter compensation row between both clubs, which is set to end with a Football League tribunal later this season, and prompted angry Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling to refuse to increase the Canaries' ticket allocation for this weekend's clash.

Through a ballot some 2,000 Norwich supporters snapped up the allocation of tickets for the travelling fans, but some yellow and green fans obtained tickets among the Colchester supporters.

A number of them were ejected from the stadium by stewards, while a Colchester supporter who ran onto the pitch and sped over towards the Norwich fans was rugby tackled by policemen and taken away.

A Colchester United spokesman said around a dozen Norwich fans were ejected from the home ends at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, but added on the whole fans had been well behaved in and around the ground.

With emotions running high police warned troublemakers they would face stern action. British Transport Police officers were on duty at Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester stations to ensure the safe and orderly movement of football fans.

But a spokesman for British Transport Police said that, as of 6.30pm on Saturday, there had been no arrests made.

With Ipswich Town at home to Coventry, Suffolk police also ensured there was a high visibility presence at Ipswich railway station, with the fans travelling back to Norfolk by train passing through there.

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