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Thurlow Nunn round-up: Woodpeckers return to top with big win

Alex Greggor and Ben Garnham celebrate during Woodbridge's big win. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Alex Greggor and Ben Garnham celebrate during Woodbridge's big win. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Paul Leech

Woodbridge Town returned to the top of the Thurlow Nunn Division One table on goal difference ahead of Whitton United after a comprehensive 5-1 win over March United, Matt Mackenzie scoring twice in their first game for three weeks.

Matt Mackenzie connects with a fine volley to score his second for Woodbridge. Picture: PAUL LEECH Matt Mackenzie connects with a fine volley to score his second for Woodbridge. Picture: PAUL LEECH

The home side, with new signing Carlos Edwards watching on, took the lead after six minutes when Ben Garnham’s accurate through ball found Mackenzie and he lobbed away keeper David Beeny with an excellent finish.

Mark Ray’s pinpoint pass after 24 minutes found captain Alex Greggor and he easily beat Beeny to double the lead. Then George Bowman’s cross after 36 minutes was met by Mackenzie and his first time shot made it 3-0.

The away side pulled a goal back after 67 minutes when substitute Sean White’s cross found Brand and he made no mistake to make it 3-1. Bowman’s deflected free kick made it 4-1 after 76 minutes and a minute later the home side scored a fifth when Mackenzie’s cross found Keeble and his shot easily beat Beeny.

Also in the First Division, Leiston Reserves went down 2-0 at Victory Road to a young AFC Sudbury Reserve side, Kane Munday and Josh Buckles getting the goals.

Woodbridge's new signing, former Ipswich Town star Carlos Edwards, with club sponsor, Lockdales' Dan Daley. Picture: PAUL LEECH Woodbridge's new signing, former Ipswich Town star Carlos Edwards, with club sponsor, Lockdales' Dan Daley. Picture: PAUL LEECH

In the Premier, Haverhill Borough secured their second consecutive league win with a convincing 3-1 victory over their neighbours from Long Melford.

Jarid Robson before the visitors equalised when a deflected shot rebounded to Hassan Ally who converted, giving Borough’s new goalkeeper Will Cook no chance.

Borough retook the lead after 27 minutes when an inch perfect pass from Tommy Hardwick found Robson in space and he lobbed the onrushing Darren Moyes in the Melford goal.

Borough secured the game early in the second half as Casey Phillips stooped to reach a Rory Bone corner and powered the header in.

Elsewhere, Walsham-le-Willows beat Fakenham Town 4-1, with a hat-trick from Jack Brame and a strike from Lee Warren. Kyle Plumb scored Fakenham’s sole reply from the spot after a foul by Callum Dongray in the area.

Bartosz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse will both be fit for Ipswich Town’s trip to Bolton on Saturday.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to still be at the club come the end of the season.

Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.

Ipswich Town travel to Bolton Wanderers for a Championship clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

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