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Chris Brammer

Sports reporter covering Suffolk and north Essex

With eight games to go, Ipswich Town are still not safe from relegation to League One, following a tough season in the Championship, and lost 3-1 at Cardiff City at the weekend.

Leiston hitman Matt Blake has followed his heart and not his pocket, after turning down a big-money move to Ryman Premier Division rivals, Billericay Town.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver believes Matt Blake has the credentials to play at a higher level and said he will do all he can to make that happen, even if it results in the Blues losing their star man.

Women in and around Ipswich are being encouraged to scrum down to Humber Doucy Lane, where a ladies rugby team has reformed.

Mick McCarthy says his managerial record is the reason for his longevity at Portman Road, not owner Marcus Evans’ perceived patience with his managers.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins is impressed with the new-look Ipswich Witches, but admits the selection process was not an easy one.

Some riders may have retired, but new signing Rory Schlein has battled back from the brink to boost the Ipswich Witches’ promotion push.

Mick McCarthy admitted he regrets having to “fight fires” with the Blues’ long-suffering supporters this season, insisting the 2016-17 campaign has been one of the toughest of his career.

The Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (Federation) held their County Indoor finals at Sole Bay Indoor Bowls Club, Southwold recently.

Benhall St Mary go into tomorrow’s Suffolk Junior Cup semi-final with Oulton Broad at Beccles Town, still challenging on three fronts.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will know when any of the club’s talented youngsters are ready for the Blues’ first-team, having allowed young striker Ben Morris to join National League side Woking, on-loan, this week.

Ipswich Rugby Club are hoping to raise around £850,000 to build a new clubhouse, in time for their 150th anniversary in three years time, and are keen to hear from any potential benefactors.

Experienced defender Christophe Berra says his Ipswich Town team-mates and manager, Mick McCarthy, do not allow fans’ criticism to affect them too much.

Two managerial veterans go head-to-head in Wales this weekend, when Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy takes his Blues side to face Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

Mick McCarthy is unconvinced by the theory that playing teams with little to play for, towards the end of the season, is more difficult than facing a side that is desperate for points to win promotion or avoid relegation and possibly playing with nerves.

Christophe Berra says the Blues have punched above their weight in recent seasons, as Mick McCarthy’s men contemplate being dragged into a Championship relegation battle.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says rumours linking his players with moves away from Portman Road have had a negative effect.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has not ruled out changing his formation for the Blues’ trip to Cardiff on Saturday.

Kevin Bru and Kieffer Moore missed training this morning, Bru with a bang to his knee and Moore with a groin strain - throwing doubt over whether they will be fit for Ipswich Town’s match against Cardiff City on Saturday.

Felixstowe & Walton United moved to within three points of league leaders Mildenhall Town, in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, after this convincing victory, which kept their title ambitions very much alive.

Suffolk’s Mervyn King, Stephen Burton and Ryan Meikle have qualified for the HappyBet German Darts Championship, which will be played later this month.

Mark Morsley will be hoping for more of the same from in-form forward, Luke Ingram, when Needham Market host seventh-placed Enfield Town tomorrow.

Bramford United will have to accomplish something they have not been able to do in three attempts this season, if they are to reach the Suffolk Senior Cup semi-finals, beat Achilles.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will not risk fielding the club’s inexperienced youngsters, until the Blues are mathematically safe.

Ipswich Town trio Tommy Smith, Monty Patterson and Kevin Bru have all been called-up for international duty later on this month.

Ipswich Athletic manager, Mark Peck, says there is a belief amongst his squad that the SIL Senior Division basement boys can pull off a miraculous escape, and stay up.

Ipswich’s George Pinner captained England twice on their recent tour of South Africa.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has fired an ominous warning in the direction of Ipswich Town, ahead of the teams’ meeting at Oakwell on Saturday.

Ipswich Town are six points adrift of the perceived 50-point survival target and Mick McCarthy admits they are not yet safe. CHRIS BRAMMER thinks they will survive, reaching 56 points, and looks where vital games will be won and lost.

Ryan Meikle is loving life at the moment, having made his PDC Coral UK Open debut at the weekend.

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