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Colchester United 0-1 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Friday, 19th Jul 2019 20:32

Town are ahead at half-time thanks to a James Norwood spot-kick in their now-traditional pre-season friendly against Colchester at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Norwood converted the 17th minute penalty, awarded after Cameron James was rightly punished for an ill-timed sliding tackle on Danny Rowe that left referee Tim Robinson with an easy decision to make.

Recent recruit Luke Garbutt, signed on a season-long loan from Everton earlier this month, was named in the Town starting line-up against the U’s, the club with whom he also spent a temporary spell a few years back.

Garbutt was on the left of midfield with Tristan Nydam at left-back and Myles Kenlock alongside skipper Luke Chambers at centre-half.

Trialist James Wilson, the 30-year-old central defender – a free agent after departing Lincoln – was named on the bench.

Meanwhile, the U’s gave a start to experienced goalkeeper Dean Gerken, now 34 and back with them for a second spell having made his debut as a teenager and snapped up following his release by Town at the end of last season. He would have been delighted with his pre-match reception from the Town following as his name was announced.

The game’s first scoring opportunity fell to Colchester new boy Jevani Brown, a summer signing from Cambridge United, in the eighth minute and at the end occupied by most of the near-3,000 strong Blue Army. But he delayed his shot long enough to allow Town skipper Luke Chambers to go to ground and block the danger.

Chambers, who will miss the season’s opening League One fixture at Burton through a one-game suspension carried over from last term, was prominent again to dispossess Courtney Senior. Within seconds, however, his challenge on ex-colleague Frank Nouble was punished by referee Tim Robinson, although the freekick floated in by Senior was easily gathered by new 6ft 9ins goalkeeper Tomas Holy.

The goal clearly lifted the Blues and they began to stroke the ball around with confidence, midfielders Andre Dozzell and Idris El Mizouni enjoying plenty of possession but unable to carve out any clear-cut opportunities for front man Norwood.

Colchester threatened down the left in the 32nd minute as Brown and Nouble exchanged passes but Janoi Donacien produced a well-timed challenge on the latter at the expense of a corner that was easily cleared.

Holy, signed on a free transfer after his contract expired at Gillingham, was grateful when the home side spoilt another potential opportunity by sending yet another free-kick into the area that he was able to gather easily.

With 33 minutes on the clock the referee called Chambers towards him and seemed to ask that the Town captain have a word with team-mate Norwood, which he duly did before the game got under way again. Presumably, had it not been a pre-season friendly, the Town striker would have been in trouble for something he had apparently said.

Town squandered an excellent chance to increase their advantage six minutes before the break when Tunisian international El Mizouni raced through without being challenged. But, rather than slip the ball to the unmarked Rowe, he opted to let fly from just outside the area and saw his low drive miss the target with plenty to spare.

Colchester: Gerken, Vincent-Young, Sowunmi, Eastman, James, Stevenson, Lapslie, Gambin, Brown, Senior, Nouble. Subs: Ross, Fernandes, Collinge, Prosser, Kensdale, Chilvers, Comley, Pell, Cowan-Hall, Ager, Norris, Hasanally.

Town: Holy, Donacien, Chambers, Kenlock, Nydam, Downes, Dozzell, Garbutt, Rowe, Garbutt, Norwood. Subs: Wilson, Bialkowski, Jackson, Ndaba, Dobra, Woolfenden, Emmanuel, Roberts, Clements, Huws.

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raycrawfordswig added 20:38 - Jul 19
Jackson 2-0 47 mins

paris_mitchell_in_oz added 20:40 - Jul 19
Who scored?

BeattiesBackPocket added 20:50 - Jul 19
Norwoods got a second and third for town 3-0

jas0999 added 21:00 - Jul 19
4-0 now. Norwood hat trick.

shouldistayorcounago added 21:01 - Jul 19
Make that 5

dangerous30 added 21:04 - Jul 19
Jackson has two goals with Norwood hat trick

oldbri added 21:05 - Jul 19
Is it Christmas’s again. We’ve got a goal scorer.

oldbri added 21:06 - Jul 19
Make that 2 goal scorers. Club.

midastouch added 21:07 - Jul 19
Enjoying the last of the Summer Wine with Norwood Batty!

franco added 21:13 - Jul 19

Saxonblue74 added 21:13 - Jul 19
Just waiting for the doom mongers to tell us it should be 6 or 7 by now!!😂

spanishblue added 21:16 - Jul 19
Is there anybody old enough to remember us scoring 5 goals in 90 minutes

BlueandTruesince82 added 21:18 - Jul 19
Wtf.... cant remember the last time this happened even in a friendly. Still means nothing but hey

Jonaldo added 21:18 - Jul 19
Where are you guys picking the score up from? Or are you having a giraffe?

shouldistayorcounago added 21:19 - Jul 19
Saxonblue74 I was half-expecting us to let one in just to give them something to moan about 😂

shouldistayorcounago added 21:20 - Jul 19
I've been using Bet365 Jonaldo

Cloddyseedbed added 21:21 - Jul 19
Evans will now be looking to sell Norwood in January for a hefty profit!

raycrawfordswig added 21:23 - Jul 19
EADT live posts .

Jonaldo added 21:25 - Jul 19
Yes old enough to remember watching us score 6 against Man Utd and missing 3 pens. TWTD when big Al did his talking on the pitch and turned up semi sober for work!

JaySwitch added 21:26 - Jul 19
Spanishblue Feb 1998 springs to mind :)

Jonaldo added 21:26 - Jul 19
Cheers chaps hard to find reliable updates in Manila

Linkboy13 added 21:52 - Jul 19
Probably the most important pre season friendly ever with morale being low . We all know these games mean nothing but winning breeds confidence if we had lost it would have been all doom and gloom on this site so i think we've got to give Paul Lambert and his team credit.

paris_mitchell_in_oz added 21:56 - Jul 19
Then there was the 9:1 win up at Old Trafford a few years back. Oh, hang on..........


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