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Gillingham 1-2 Town
Tuesday, 16th Jul 2013 21:18

Late sub David October slammed home an injury time stunner as Town beat Gillingham 2-1 at the Priestfield Stadium. David McGoldrick scored a superb freekick in the first half but the Blues were caught sleeping seconds after the restart when Cody McDonald equalised for the home side.

Trialists Titus Bramble, Frederic Veseli and Bongani Khumalo all started or Mick McCarthy's side. Veseli lined up at right-back with Bramble and Khumalo at the centre of the defence.

Town have ended their interest in centre-half Dan Seaborne, who was in the side last week at Crawley and at Shelbourne with the former Southampton man in the Yeovil side facing Torquay United this evening.

Left-back Aaron Cresswell missed out having suffered a thigh injury at Crawley and Tyrone Mings fulfilled that role at the Priestfield Stadium. Scott Loach was in goal.

Anthony Wordsworth and Luke Hyam, who was wearing the armband, were in the centre of midfield with Jay Tabb on the left and Paul Anderson on the right. David McGoldrick partnered Frank Nouble up front.

The first chance of the game fell to the Gills in the third minute, Danny Kedwell beating Mings on the right and cutting the ball back to one-time Town schoolboy Chris Whelpdale, who lashed wildly over.

Veseli started the game impressively and in the 10th minute whipped over a superb cross from the right, which McGoldrick headed wide when he ought to have made a better contact and scored.

In the 19th minute, Nouble, who spent time on loan with the Gills while a West Ham player, hit a low shot which keeper Stuart Nelson claimed comfortably after a lengthy spell of Blues possession. Town had been comfortably on top against last season’s League Two champions.

The Blues finally scored the goal their performance had deserved in the 22nd minute, and what a goal it was. McGoldrick’s mazy run was halted by Bradley Dack’s trip about 10 yards outside the penalty area and the striker stepped up to curl brilliant low freekick to Nelson’s right and into the net. It was the former Forest man’s second goal of pre-season.

Moments after the goal Mings took a nasty knock to the head after an aerial clash with Kedwell but after treatment was able to carry on.

Town were close to going two goals in front in the 27th minute when Tabb fed Wordsworth, who moved the ball on to Nouble just inside the penalty area but Gills keeper Nelson did superbly to save his powerful strike to his left.

The home side had keeper Nelson to thank again in the 36th minute after he pulled off a fine double stop. Nouble’s initial strike fell to McGoldrick but Nelson blocked at close range. The loose ball ran out to Anderson but again the keeper was equal to the strike.

Hyam, who had made several lively runs forward, shot wide from 20 yards as the half moved into its final five minutes with the Blues on top but with Gillingham creating the odd moment of danger.

There were no other chances before referee Andy D’Urso blew the half-time whistle and Town’s subs began warming up.

Aside from Hewitt’s introduction in place of Veseli at right-back, the Blues were otherwise unchanged and within seconds of the restart the Gills were on terms. Dack played in former Canary Cody McDonald on the left of the area and the striker slipped the ball under Scott Loach.

Town almost got their noses back in front a minute later when Hewitt crossed from the right and Nouble flicked the ball just past the far post.

Gillingham had started the second half strongly and nearly went in front in the 51st minute when Steven Gregory forced Loach into a save to his right from distance. Further efforts were blocked before Nouble broke and cut in from the left, but scuffed his strike across goal and past the post.

McGoldrick was close to netting his second of the game in the 58th minute when his overhead kick from Anderson’s cross flew just over the bar.

On 65 Michael Chopra and Daryl Murphy replaced Nouble and McGoldrick up front for the Blues. Six minutes later, Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith took over at the centre of the defence from Bramble and Khumalo, Kyle Hammond replaced Wordsworth and Cole Skuse came on for Anderson. Soon after, the Gills brought on man mountain striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Moments later, Chopra saw a freekick deflect wide after Murphy had been fouled. From the resultant corner, the ball was worked back to Chopra, but his low effort was just wide.

Smith headed Hammond’s strike to Nelson as the game moved into its final 15 minutes. Soon after the Blues switched Mings, Tabb and Hyam for David October, Byron Lawrence and Josh Carson.

As the game moved into injury time, Lawrence crossed from the left, Carson flicked a header back at the far post. The ball was half-cleared to Murphy but his shot was blocked.

The game was looking destined to end in a draw until Hewitt crossed from the right and the ball reached left-back October, who caught a half-volley perfectly and his low strike flew across Nelson and into the corner of the net. There was no time left for the Gills to hit back.

Town ought to have been more than a goal ahead at the break with Nelson making a number of decent saves. After the break, the Blues were caught cold for the Gillingham goal and never really matched their first half display.

Late on, the game became rather disjointed due to the number of substitutions made by both sides and a draw looked certain until 18-year-old October's excellent winner.

Veseli probably made the greatest impression of Town’s three trialists, pushing forward, working well with Anderson and getting in a number of decent crosses before being replaced at half-time.

Bramble was solid and largely untroubled, as you’d imagine against League One opposition, while Khumalo was dominant in the air if less comfortable on the ground.

Town: Loach, Veseli, Mings (October 79), Bramble (Chambers 71), Khumalo (Smith 71), Wordsworth (Hammond 71), Anderson (Skuse 71), Hyam (c) (Lawrence 71), Nouble (Chopra 65), McGoldrick (Murphy 65), Tabb (Carson 71). Unused: Gerken.

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NoCanariesAllowed added 21:29 - Jul 16
Nothing brightens up your summer quite like October. :)

oscarwhiting added 21:30 - Jul 16
Good result long may the run continue. Seems promising.

tcannITFC added 21:31 - Jul 16
Brilliant! Every match won so far, keep up the good job Town! Good to see a youngster on the score sheet, shows Ipswich has young talent which is always good to see at a football club!

suffolkpunchdrunk added 21:31 - Jul 16
TWTD - A standing ovation from me now!

Michael11 added 21:34 - Jul 16
Nice to see our main striker on the score sheet getting his range in early on. Also nice to see one of our young lads get a goal. 4 wins out of 4 should get the confidence going.

tractorblue99 added 21:38 - Jul 16
Liking the sound Veseli!

bluehook added 21:39 - Jul 16
Well done to TWTD for the virtually instant reporting.

paulnstar added 21:40 - Jul 16
calm down everybody meaningless friendlys and meaningless opposition shelbourne youth team, chippenham town, crawley and Gillingham all great teams but come on lets calm down I think reading are gonna be a bit of a sterner test

itfcjc added 21:41 - Jul 16
Bramble was probably at fault for the equaliser

dav86 added 21:42 - Jul 16
How did bramble play?

jas0999 added 21:44 - Jul 16
Apparently Ming's was at fault for the equalizer, but overall another good work out! Good result. Interesting to know what MM says about the trialists.

Sindre94 added 21:47 - Jul 16
Well done lads.

runningout added 22:20 - Jul 16
first moments of second half was a weakness last season a few times. Get rid of that and we are laughing

degausser added 22:22 - Jul 16
Another 90 minutes, another failure to find the net from chops. Sign up Veseli,can the South African play DM?

hollywoodginge added 22:32 - Jul 16
If the first team squad with all their experiences are playing then I agree results don't really matter in these games, but when we are playing some youth players it is great to keep winning, their confidence will be increased ontop of fitness so thats especially important and pleasing, the young'uns will feel 10ft tall after winning that, bless them!

tractorboy12341234 added 22:53 - Jul 16
If only we could have the right-backs as we do left-backs; Cresswell, Mings and now October looking good / if Veseli performs like this in our next game he must be an instant signing.

Edmunds5 added 22:59 - Jul 16
Sounds like we played well with some promising performances from the trialists aswell as the contracted players. It already shows a major comparison to last season where we went to Luton and lost 2-0 last season with two of our players fancying a Sandwich whilst sitting in the crowd, this season we look more professional and focused already. I echo the comments made about how quick TWTD were to put up an informative report on the game, very helpful.

syntaxerror added 00:21 - Jul 17
I thought Titus was training with Wetsham

yun added 00:34 - Jul 17
Decent result

BobbyBlueLamb123 added 00:49 - Jul 17
Good pre season results so far but lets not get to carried away about winning the games because its about getting the players fit and ready for a very hard season coming up and its going to be harder this year with the likes of QPR and Wigan in it but on the bright side we have not got a team of loan players this time and getting Wordsworth and Taylor back is like having two more new signings and I cant wait for the new season to start.

WIGGSTER1978 added 00:53 - Jul 17
I Think we should give Titus the support with give any other decent player at Portman Road. Think in a different way if it wasn't for the likes of Titus and Kieron Dyer who sponsor our youth set up we would not have the likes of October scoring great goals.

exeterblu added 02:41 - Jul 17
STOP PRESS - Referee D'Urso fails to award a penalty against ITFC / red card an ITFC player / otherwise spoil Mick McCarthys Barmy Armys fun...

On another note, Veseli sounds promising at RB, will be interesting to see how it pans out.

TractorCam added 09:35 - Jul 17
Hopefully this run continues into Barnet, the more we stay on form the more confidence we gain going into the Reading game, COYB

ntoms97 added 12:01 - Jul 17
David October

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