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Reserves Hammer AFC Sudbury
Reserves Hammer AFC Sudbury
Wednesday, 1st Aug 2012 21:41

A strong Town second string comfortably beat AFC Sudbury 6-1 at The MEL Group Stadium on Wednesday evening. Braces from Ronan Murray and Byron Lawrence, along with strikes from Nathan Ellington and Mark Timlin, secured the win for Town, after Lee Boylan had equalised early on for the hosts.

The Blues were almost gifted an early goal when Sudbury centre-half Ian Cousins stumbled and allowed Ellington a clear sight of goal, but the strikers effort was blocked, as was Kyle Hammond's follow up.

However, Ellington wasn't to be denied and the former Wigan man gave Town the lead after 17 minutes. He was fed by Murray before lashing a left-foot shot past Sudbury keeper Steve Northwood from 12 yards.

David Cowley tested Arran Lee-Barrett for the first time soon after, but the keeper comfortably held the Sudbury man's crisp 20-yard strike.

Murray turned a Cormac Burke cross just past the post, prior to Boylan heading into Lee-Barrett's hands from Cowley's centre.

Boylan made amends soon after when he equalised just after the half hour. The striker latched on to a long ball and as the ball came over his right shoulder, he connected first time and looped the ball over the advancing Lee-Barrett from the edge of the box.

Boylan tried an audacious volley from 35 yards that dropped just wide, before Town were gifted their second goal on 36.

Michael Shinn's attempted header back to Northwood fell to the feet of Murray, who calmly slotted past the stranded keeper.

Two minutes later and Murray had increased Town's lead. The Irish U21 international played a neat one-two with strike partner Ellington before side-footing past Northwood again.

Two minutes after the restart Byron Lawrence hit a shot from 25 yards that deflected off James Smith and beat sub keeper Ben Tracey at his near post.

Lawrence grabbed his second on 54 when he met Ellington's pull back at the far post and bundled the ball into the net.

Lee-Barrett made a fine save four minutes later when he got down low to push Smith's header away following a Sudbury corner.

Murray fired a left-foot shot just over the bar on the hour, prior to Boylan seeing his header clip the bar on its way over at the other end.

Ellington toe-poked Lawrence's left-wing cross just wide before Murray pulled the ball across goal to give sub Mark Timlin a simple tap-in with seven minutes remaining.

Town continued to press and Gunnar Thorsteinsson nodded David October's cross just wide, and there was still time for Lawrence to fizz a 25-yarder just past the post.

Boss Paul Jewell will have been particularly impressed with stand-out midfielder Cheick Kourouma, who hardly put a foot wrong all night. The Frenchman controlled the game for Town and, alongside the lively front pairing of Murray and Ellington, must surely have caught the eye of the watching first-team manager.

Town XI: Lee-Barrett, Hammond, October, Thorsteinsson, Ainsley, Whight, Burke (Timlin 82), Kourouma, Ellington (Winter 90), Murray, Lawrence. Unused: Crowe, Peters, Robinson. Att: 732.

Report: James Ager

Photo: Action Images

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Jimmys_Law added 21:43 - Aug 1
Get in!!! Nice to see a great result for a change!!! COYB!

BROTHERBLUE1974 added 21:44 - Aug 1

Pique added 21:45 - Aug 1
Very encouraging. Pleased for Murray and Lawrence, and, perhaps strangely, for Ellington too.

Marmite added 21:46 - Aug 1
Nathan Ellington... next destination, Ryman league!

TractorBoy666 added 21:50 - Aug 1
Maybe some of the reserves are good enough to play some first team football Jewell? Although this is Sudbury we're talking about here!

GTRKing added 21:51 - Aug 1
Good result & will help the reserves.

Mark added 21:51 - Aug 1
Finally, Town (albeit the reserves) dish out a thrashing! Two goals for Lawrence is welcome news, as he is the most promising player in that squad.

casanovacrow added 21:57 - Aug 1
just shows up what a difference a well balanced side makes.

smell the coffee Paul, you're going to have to drop/sell some of our better players just to get the right balance. Painful but true.

SchancheITFC added 21:59 - Aug 1
Poor old Jaime Peters being embarrassed out of the club, not nice to see.

buryblue77 added 22:01 - Aug 1
Is there still that apathy there which made Supple retire? How come the reserves can do it but thr first team cant?
whatever the reasons however these are still just pre-season games but it's good to see our second string get such a good result, take note first team players!

Sindre94 added 22:03 - Aug 1
Jewell out, we are awful, moan moan moan

Edmunds5 added 22:06 - Aug 1
I'd imagine pretty much every one of those players gave everything because some of them want futures at the club, a passion our first team lads could do with. It's good to see Byron Lawrence score a couple and a good experience and confidence boost for the younger players knowing that the manager was watching.

tearle1974 added 22:09 - Aug 1
Good result town and good the youngsters got a handful. But trust my relation Lee Boylan to score. You wait til i speak to him next. Tut tut tut.

clive_baker added 22:09 - Aug 1
The comments on here make me laugh. This is Sudbury we're talking about. Let's not get carried away. You can only beat what's put in front of you but lets not suggest because we beat Sudbury these players are capable of competing with the Birmingham's, Bolton's and Blackburns of this world.

finidigeorge88 added 22:10 - Aug 1
At least the duke has finally found his level

Jimmys_Law added 22:12 - Aug 1
Completely agree with you Sindre94. They can't do right for doing wrong it seems, the poor lads. Great to see Murray score a couple and I really hope for his sake and the clubs' that this year he can push for a first team place. Nice to have a little 'live wire' in the oppositions box, stretching the defence.

CHOPRA added 22:13 - Aug 1
Boylan's goal was epic. Lee-Barrett had a solid game, as did Byron. Kourouma did well too but no real aerial threat from either of them. No real good goals from Ipswich and Ellington's movement up front was not up to Championship level.

Talbs77 added 22:13 - Aug 1
The reason the 1st team cant play like that week in week out is because they play against clubs like Leeds as opposed to Sudbury!

But none the less most of thsi team were young boys who look like they could well challenge the 1st team this season and I hope pj gives them a chance because thats the only way they will develop further. Thrashing teams of the quality of sudbury in reserve games this season wont make Murray and Lawrence better players.

irishtim added 22:15 - Aug 1
Good for Ronan & Byron.

Suffolk_n_Good added 22:27 - Aug 1
Was at the match, Murray was excellent, my son met Paul Jewell so he was happy!

trumanswampy added 22:29 - Aug 1
Preseason people getting high and low about all squads And games but this a time for fitness and trial and error. Chill and calm down peeps!

casanovacrow added 22:36 - Aug 1
can someone who went just fill in the blanks here please
what was the formation?
did the fullbacks go forward as much as cressy n carlos or play more disciplined?
did the wingers track back and defend?
did we play more physical than the first team do?


Michael11 added 22:38 - Aug 1
I'd like to see Ronan Murray get a chance this season always looked a decent young player when i've seen him and Byron Lawrence could be a gem in the next couple of seasons!

Garv added 23:11 - Aug 1
Would have thought this team put more into their performance than the first team did yesterday.

That doesn't particularly bother me, you don't expect your first team to put in 100% performances in pre season, just saying that probably has something to do with the differing results.

mike5ta added 23:26 - Aug 1
Dave kitson going on a free ??????

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