Cormac Burke, Damien Delaney, Nathan Ellington and Jack Marriott were the scorers as a Town reserves side beat Leyton Orient 4-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.
New signing Ryan Stevenson made his first appearance for a Town team in a side which also included Jimmy Bullard and loan keeper Alex McCarthy.
Burke put the Blues in front from close range, then Delaney headed in the second before the break. The O’s pulled on back shortly after the restart but Ellington converted Burke’s cross and sub Marriott added the final goal three minutes from the end.
In all seriousness though what is the point of only playing reserve friendlies once in a while? there should be a proper reserve league structure put in place, as throughout the season whenever a player has had to come in to replace another, they often haven't been to pace or been lacking in match fitness which could be down to lack of reserve games.
Dave, Peters is not a quailty RB, he is a headless chicken who could pick his nose more effectively than he could pick a pass. He has a bit of pace so gets labelled a winger but we have much better options on the wing so reserves is his level until he is released when his contracts runs out, if he was quality he would get played or he would have been sold.
I think we should have three subs rather than seven, therefore releasing the other 2 or 4 to play for the reserves. The reserves league should be either the reverse of the main fixture, ie this Saturday would be Boro Res v Town Res or, weather provided, played as 1pm Kick Offs before the first team game or played at noon kick offs at grounds which must be either within 10 miles or 30 minutes reasonable travel of the first team game, so perhaps Whitton Utd or Ipswich Wanderes could stage the lunch time games (or indeed the training ground) before the main event.....