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Ipswich Town ladies stay unbeaten after 2-2 draw with Cambridge United

PUBLISHED: 11:54 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 11 September 2017

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock has now scored 4 goals in 3 games this season. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock has now scored 4 goals in 3 games this season. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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Ipswich Town ladies were pegged back twice as they drew 2-2 with Cambridge United to stay unbeaten so far this season, writes Ross Halls.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Amanda Crump goal to make it 2-1 to Town. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town players celebrate Amanda Crump goal to make it 2-1 to Town. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Cassie Craddock put Town in front, in a match played at Mildenhall Town, against the run of play with a great strike into the top of the goal from just inside the area.

She has now scored four goals in three games – she netted a hat-trick in the Blues’ 8-1 win over Larkhall Athletic in the FA WPL Cup determining round last weekend – and her strike sent the Blues into half-time leading 1-0.

Cambridge equalised with 20 minutes of the second half gone. A fantastic run from Evie Gallop saw her shot parried by Town keeper Ellie Bird, but ex-Blue Amy Howlett reacted well to fire home the rebound.

Ipswich then retook the lead through an in-swinging corner from captain Amanda Crump, which took a touch on its way in at the far post to make it 2-1 to the Blues.

Ipswich Town striker Jade Henry on the ball for Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town striker Jade Henry on the ball for Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS

But Cambridge equalised late on as Nuala Wayne held the ball up well in the box before spinning and firing the ball high into the net to win her team a point.

The ladies will come out of the game feeling unfortunate not to get all three points, but it’s a improvement on recent results against the U’s, who crushed them 5-0 and 4-1 last season.

Goalscorer Craddock said: “The game was highly physical and the girls battled very hard all over the pitch – we were unfortunate not to get all three points.

“It’s great to finally be adding goals into my game – something that has been a real focus of mine for this season. Four goals in the last two games – I’ll take that!”

Ipswich Town striker Natasha Thomas on the ball for Ipswich during the 2-2 draw with Cambridge. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town striker Natasha Thomas on the ball for Ipswich during the 2-2 draw with Cambridge. Picture: ROSS HALLS

The result sees Ipswich go second in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, after two wins and a draw, with Luton Town currently top of the league after three wins on the trot.

Up next for Ipswich is a home fixture against Leyton Orient at the Goldstar Ground on Sunday. Orient put nine past Enfield Town last weekend, and sit sixth in the league.

Town side: Bird, Blackwood, Hubbard, Fagg, Craddock, Thomas, Crump ©, Cossey, Henry (Campbell), Cage, Moore (S Welton). Subs not used: Downey, Ball

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

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