Walsham-le-Willows 1-5 Reserves Tuesday, 13th Nov 2012 21:35
Town's reserves comfortably progressed to the next round of the Suffolk Premier Cup with a 5-1 victory at Walsham-le-Willows. A brace from Luke Hyam and strikes from Jason Scotland, Michael Chopra and Ronan Murray secured the win.
Town fielded a strong side with new signing Kelly Youga at left-back, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on the right wing, Nathan Ellington on the left, and Chopra and Scotland up front. Ex-Town man Gavin Johnson missed out due to a knee injury.
The first half was a fairly quiet affair with little goalmouth action in the opening half hour. Ellington was closed down by Lee Sim before Chopra's 20-yard effort was parried by keeper Duncan McAnally and Hyam was unable to put away the rebound.
However, Hyam made amends on 34 minutes when he placed his effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after Chopra's ball from the left.
Scott Loach was forced to push away Paul Mushrove's free-kick two minutes later, before Scotland's effort was deflected wide as the half drew to a close.
Five minutes after the restart, Walsham's Jack Brame hit a freekick just over the bar before Scotland doubled Town's lead with a good finish after finding himself one-on-one with McAnally.
Shortly after the hour mark McAnally was out quickly to block Chopra's effort, but the keeper was beaten on 67 with an unstoppable 30-yard drive from Hyam that nestled in the top corner of the net.
Town were dominant by this stage and Andy Drury hit a long range effort that took a slight deflection on its way through, and despite McAnally fumbling it Chopra was denied from the rebound.
Soon after, Loach was forced off through injury after a collision outside the area, with young Norwegian Michael Crowe taking his place.
Emmanuel-Thomas fired into the side netting, shortly before he played in Chopra who beat McAnally with a good finish with nine minutes remaining.
New signing Youga
On 85 Emmanuel-Thomas was again the provider as he played a wonderful ball over the top and into the path of sub Murray, who took the ball round McAnally and rolled into the empty net.
Walsham did pull a consolation back in stoppage time when Town failed to clear a corner and Brame fired into the roof of the net.
Town's fitness certainly showed through in the second half. New signing Youga got forward at every opportunity and Emmanuel-Thomas and Chopra will have impressed watching manager Mick McCarthy with lively and sharp performances.
Injured Loach said he should know more about the extent of his injury soon, tweeting: "Thanks to all those concerned. Will know more tomorrow, I've a sore thigh though! Credit to Walsham and all their supporters. Great hosts."
The Blues second string will now play Felixstowe and Walton United away in the quarter-finals in the week commencing January 7th. Town have re-entered the tournament this year after a two-season absence.
On a positive note, that side would be able to put up a decent fight (if they decided they could be bothered!) in a championship game. Now Big Mick's in charge I'm starting to feel more positive about everything!!!!
There were 745 people in attendance. I didn't see Mick McCarthy anywhere though. I thought Hyam, JET and Drury played well. Most of the team played OK but that's what you'd expect in this sort of fixture.
Nice atmosphere, great little village team who tried very hard. Almost a home game for me.
Good to see Mick and Terry in the microscopic stand with Russell Osman and Simon Milton just behind them. Kennedy was in charge on the touchline. Not a bad all round performance and if I was picking Wellens replacement for Saturday on tonight's performance it would be Hyam.
730 odd people. Poor game althoug Ipswich were rarely troubled. Chopra was gash and even gave attitude to some fans near me who heckled him for a bad touch. Mick in bar afterwards having photos and getting stuck into the sarnies.
Hardly a pub side. Walsham are a very well established local team who gave it their all tonight but could not have expected any better against the line up ITFC put out, almost a whole first team. Ipswich neat and tidy withgout really firing on all cylinders.
chopra has a stinking attitude ,i would understand if he was scoring goals at 1st team level. So far in the last few weeks , he has failed to score at 1st team level , failed to score at under 21 level ,scored one against villiage side tonight, Hmm perhaps hes found his level..
Had a bit of a pre-season feel to it; Ipswich players most accommodating to boys wanting signatures, photos etc. Always going to be a one sided affair. Unfair to have a pop at Walsham, they worked hard, would have benefitted a well run nonleague club very handsomely with the money paid out by fans, and for all those thats say its a meaningless event atleast it seems to be a starting point to getting some connection with what should be our true fanbase in and about suffolk; good to see Ipswich commiting to this cup and any competitive game is better than players sitting out simply picking up wages.
In terms of players... Loach - took a bit a wack and had knee bandaged in ice, can't see him being on the bench at the weekend. Hewitt - neat touches, happy to go forward but not overcomplicating things. Youga - Not afraid to tackle, a little mistimed seemed not quite up to match practice but loved pushing up and overlapping. Ainsley- composed did simple things well but not needed to be too involved. Quite a voice compared to some. Moshni - loves attacking the first ball in the air and quite confident in possession, happy to try to play out of the back. Was turned easily on one occasion and clattered the player for a yellow. Hyam - great to see him score a superb strike; really needs his chance back in the first team once again. Drury - kept the ball moving well. Ellington - looked uncomfortable out wide, not the pace or trickery to beat players there. Jet - an enigma as always. Looks like he's going through the motions and then does something truly impressive. Just seems to be him irrelevant of the level of opponent. Scotland - his usual self of holding up play, and working hard. Chopra - one minute strolling around looking a bit disinterested. The only one who had a bit of the big time charlies about being out there. Then comes alive when a goalscoring chance is on a plate for him. The occasional bit of clever movement to show he has class when he wants to. Get him playing in the box and he always has a goal in him.
All the first team coaching staff there plus Clegg etc. Hope the win (albeit against far lesser opposition than they'll face in the Championship) gets all the players of first team level desparate to climb us up from where are still perilously placed in the lague. COYB.
Brockley CC's very own Jack Brame had a positive game for Walsham. Decent free kick, good in the air & deserved his chance to score.
This is how ITFC will rebuild its community links following the bleakness of the administration years. Really good to see a positive strong reserves side out. Walsham benefit with the gate receipts. ITFC get a run out and can be shown in a positive light by entering & playing away from home. Walsham normally get 60, so 745 is a new record for them I believe.
JET had a good runaround. Drury looked physically imposing and saw alot of the ball with Hyam. Loach was doing plenty of chat with Moshni & Ainsley. Hyam's goal was a piledriver.
Ellington was underpar. I witnessed Chopra letting a village crowd getting under his skin.
Really good to see Eminem coming off with the players, smiling away. He just looks pleased he isn't in the midlands anymore. Make Suffolk a fortress.
Hyam will be future Captain of Ipswich - said it before - Love his approach to games - seen him at ressie games with 30 people at and Championship - always puts in a shift and controls the middle - nice goal last night as well
Jimmys Law - don't know where you were looking - McCarthy, Connor and ...... Clegg - were all there. Good to see too, and just how it should be. Walsham are a good local Club who deserve to be supported in this way. I guess they will be pleased with the turnout for the match - my very best wishes to the Walsham-Le-Willows Club.
My positive feel for our Club is very much returning - let's have plenty more in terms of PR - to compliment improvement on the pitch.
dirtydingus - a Team based in a Village yes, and supported by a good village community, but playing at a much, much higher level than most 'village teams'. And these games are a great PR exercise for the Clubs at their respective levels - great to see - long may it continue.
And who in their right mind would have wanted to see a bigger score line anyway. Somewhat restores my faith in the game to see these kind of matches being played.