Classy Wanderers reach semi-finals

SOCCER: Lowestoft Town 1 Ipswich Wanderers 5. Ipswich Wanderers secretary Martin Head described this as the club's best performance since he joined seven years ago.

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Lowestoft Town 1 Ipswich Wanderers 5

IPSWICH Wanderers secretary Martin Head described this as the club's best performance since he joined seven years ago.

The Humber Doucy Lane-based outfit go into Sunday's Jewson League Cup semi-final draw hoping for a home tie.

"We had five regulars missing, and Lowestoft are third in the Premier Division table," said Head.

"We were outstanding and could have scored more goals on the break. Lowestoft had chances but we deserved the win.

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"Jamie Baker is only 18 and he ran the midfield while 17-year-old Lee McGlone scored two goals.

"Reserve team manager John Coupe is 39 and was playing his first game since December, and he also had a starring role."

Lowestoft are the current holders and against the run of play Howell put Wanderers ahead in the 10th minute as his shot bounced over Bligh's outstretched arms.

Howell was on target again ten minutes later seizing on Norman's poor clearance to drive home.

Norman atoned for his error seven minutes later by crossing for McGee to head home to reduce the arrears.

Ipswich restored their two-goal advantage in the 37th minute with McGlone getting the final touch to a right-wing corner.

Lowestoft attacked for much of the second half but their efforts on goal were either straight at Evans or off target.

Ipswich continued to look dangerous on the break and added further goals through Howell who completed his hat-trick and McGlone.

Tiptree United 3 Needhm Market 0

TIPTREE progressed to the semi-finals of the Millennium Trophy with a comfortable victory over Needham.

The half-time scoreline was goalless despite the best efforts of both teams to take the initiative as both goalkeepers were kept busy.

Despite this Tiptree's extra experience finally told during the second 45 minutes as two quick goals from Dave Mackory and young defender Alex Snow effectively sealed the game.

When David Barefield grabbed the third on 65 minutes following an excellent series of first-time passes the game was wrapped up.

Needham are now left to concentrate on gaining ground and making a late run for First Division promotion.

They will look for three points when the play Thetford on Saturday.