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Braces for Morris and Folami as Trialist Dawkins Impresses in U23s Victory Over Robins
Monday, 7th Jan 2019 16:26 by Blair Ferguson

Two goals each for Ben Morris and Ben Folami saw Town’s U23s to a 4-2 win against Bristol City U23s at Playford Road to stay top of the Professional Development League Two South table.

Ipswich were 3-0 up at half-time after taking an early lead, but defensive errors late in the game gave the Robins two goals that their play didn’t merit.

Morris and Tristan Nydam featured for Ipswich, both having returned from loan spells, as well as trialist Simon Dawkins who has been training with the first team for the last few weeks.

It only took four minutes for the 31-year-old free agent to make an impact on the game. A strong tackle from Nydam saw the ball break to Dawkins who broke into the Bristol City half before playing a perfectly weighted through ball to Morris. The striker cut back onto his right foot before curling the ball into the right corner of the goal to give Ipswich the lead.

The impressive attacking performance continued but Folami and Conor McKendry couldn’t score with their respective chances and Barry Cotter saw a stinging long-range effort saved by Aaron Sainsbury in the Robins goal on the half-hour mark.

Folami then had another opportunity to double the lead in the 34th minute but his effort following Morris’s pass went wide of the right post.

A second goal finally came in the 36th minute with McKendry heading the ball into the path of Morris who drilled it into the bottom right corner with Sainsbury unable to keep it out despite getting his hands to the ball.

The third quickly followed five minutes later through a swift counter-attack. Morris broke away towards the Bristol City goal before playing the ball to Dawkins who saw his shot blocked. The ricochet fell perfectly to Folami who composed himself and guide it into the bottom right corner from inside the area.

Dawkins continued to impress after the break and had a dipping shot from the edge of the area saved by Sainsbury who tipped it over for a corner.

Shortly afterwards, the Jamaican international played a well-weighted pass into the path of Nydam whose shot was comfortably saved by the visitors’ keeper.

The Ipswich pressure continued, and McKendry was the next to have a chance with a skilful run seeing him take on his man and move across the box with his shot being blocked by the trailing foot of Sainsbury as he dived the other way.

A fourth goal still wasn’t forthcoming inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half and it took an athletic diving save from Sainsbury to push away Ross Marshall’s header across goal from McKendry’s corner.

Ipswich finally got the fourth goal they deserved in the 55th minute with some brilliant football. Brett McGavin played a fantastic reverse pass to Folami in the Bristol area and the Australian U19 international shifted the ball to his right before hitting it into the right corner of the goal.

The tempo of the game dropped from an Ipswich perspective thereafter and Bristol City were awarded a penalty after Cotter clumsily pushed Vince Harper over when he was heading away from goal with no apparent danger looming.

George Nurse struck the penalty perfectly into the right corner of the goal leaving Harry Wright no chance of getting to it despite diving the right way.

Ipswich’s attacking threat was reduced after Aaron Drinan replaced a very lively McKendry in the 72nd minute and an error from Nydam led to a second Robins goal.

Ipswich had tried to play the ball out from the back for the duration of the game, but the midfielder was caught in possession on the edge of the area by Sam Bell, and the striker was able to run through to goal unopposed and hit the ball into an empty net.

There were plenty of encouraging and confident performances in the Ipswich team and the display of trialist Dawkins was among them.

Manager Paul Lambert wasn’t spotted at the game but had previously commented that the former Derby player wasn’t fully fit. However, the 31-year-old's performance suggested he may be getting close as he kept pace with the game and displayed very accurate passing throughout the game, albeit against a fairly poor Bristol City team.

U23s: Wright, Cotter, Clements, McGavin, Marshall, Ndaba, McKendry (Drinan 72), Nydam, Morris, Folami, Dawkins. Unused: Ware, Dobra, Elmizouni, Webber.

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cat added 16:27 - Jan 7
Great news, now for some first team experience.
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CraigEdwards added 16:33 - Jan 7
Just play the under 23s on Saturday they are hungry and will give there all. What's to lose !
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Durovigutum added 16:35 - Jan 7
I seem to remember last time we won the "reserves" league we were also relegated?
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blueherts added 16:36 - Jan 7
Strange Paul not there !?

Well done and great to see - something positive in our club !
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warwickblue added 16:39 - Jan 7
Give them all a day off tomorrow, then put exactly the same team out on Saturday afternoon.
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billlm added 16:41 - Jan 7
This report said Dawkins impressed, on my he forum Mr town seemed to think he wasn't anything to shout about,opinions huh lol,
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michael99 added 16:44 - Jan 7
The difference between u23 and first team is huge in my view you have to be ripping it up in 23s to be considered. Most of the young ones just not strong or tough enough 're Dawkins if he can run around for 90 mins in my view he is fit enough and should be in the 1st team squad
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Fatboy added 16:46 - Jan 7
"Ipswich finally got the fourth goal they deserved in the 55th minute with some brilliant football."

I'd love to read that in a first-team report sometime soon.
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michael99 added 16:47 - Jan 7
Also people keep saying play the kids firstly we are and secondly if the whole team were kids we would lose 10 or 15nil every week
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Northstandveteran added 16:55 - Jan 7
Braces? What's wrong with their teeth?
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Wishing4arightback added 17:00 - Jan 7
These are classed as kids, but when Morris gets a chance he will put it away. How many of the chances that Sears has missed in the last few games would Morris have scored? Where would we be? Still in the FA cup and closer to the pack. Just a thought, but what does a fan know?
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Bluebell added 17:05 - Jan 7
Shame Paul Lambert wasn’t there to watch but I am sure some of his staff were and will report back.

These are the players who should be given a chance off the bench. They are better than some of Hurst’s disasters!
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positivity added 17:19 - Jan 7
difficult to say given the level of the opposition, morris has hardly shone with forest green, but surely folami is more deserving of a bench space than roberts?
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CraigEdwards added 17:58 - Jan 7
Be surprised if he come back after that shower on Saturday and the next vouchers ME gave home to strengthen the squad
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dieselmorris added 18:39 - Jan 7
should have visited dentist before now to get teeth sorted.
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yocal_lad added 18:39 - Jan 7
Good to see Morris back, I rate him.

Where was Rowe? Seems to have disappeared after being in early PL squads?
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Pecker added 18:43 - Jan 7
Great result. Keep it going lads and I look forward to seeing you in the first team in the very near future.
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dieselmorris added 18:46 - Jan 7
bad parenting should have had there teeth sorted when they were fourteen.
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Steelmonkey added 18:57 - Jan 7
I really wish some would proof read there comments before posting them, it would make much more sense and stop a lot of head scratching trying to fathom some of the gobbledegook that gets put on this site.
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Kirbmeister added 19:17 - Jan 7
Steelmonkey - agree, and I wish people could learn the difference between ‘there’ and ‘their’. It’s bloody basic English.
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Northstandveteran added 19:24 - Jan 7
I like 'loose' opposed to 'lose' 😂
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Kirbmeister added 19:31 - Jan 7
Northstandveteran - don’t start me off on that one!
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cat added 19:31 - Jan 7
Still being a complete tit then Kirbsheister (lol) it’s a football forum not some Wordsworth appreciation site. Taxi for the grammar police!!
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Kirbmeister added 19:36 - Jan 7
Cat - sorry just trying to add some humour bearing in mind what be going on here all season. Sorry I’ll stop immediately.
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Kirbmeister added 19:38 - Jan 7
Oh and it’s spelt shister.
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