Forster bags brace against Boston
IPSWICH made it two away wins out of two as their pre-season goals haul reached an impressive eight.Given the loss of last season's three top scorers in Darren Bent, Shefki Kuqi and Tommy Miller over the close season, putting the ball in the net is obviously going to be a big priority for Joe Royle's Tractor Boys.
IPSWICH made it two away wins out of two as their pre-season goals haul reached an impressive eight.
Given the loss of last season's three top scorers in Darren Bent, Shefki Kuqi and Tommy Miller over the close season, putting the ball in the net is obviously going to be a big priority for Joe Royle's Tractor Boys.
But Nicky Forster's brace, his second and third goals in a Town shirt and the impressive contributions of fellow new-boy Sam Parkin gave Town's travelling fans something to cheer about as they came from behind to trounce the League Two outfit 5-2.
There were also good goals from Irish duo Jim Magilton and Owen Garvan, while Alan White knocked into his own net.
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And there was the continuing progress of Dean McDonald, Sammy Moore and Aidan Collins, while Jimmy Juan had a tidy game.
That the goals continue to flow, even against lower division opposition, has to be a good thing and there is no doubt winning is a good habit to maintain.
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But at the other end there were a few scary moments, which will be heeded, and hopefully sorted out, starting against Scottish champions Rangers, who will offer a sterner test tomorrow night.
Boston went ahead when Jason Lee took advantage of weak defending at a corner and the Lincolnshire club scored a second goal through Daryl Clare, after a serious lapse in concentration - but Ipswich were had already bagged three goals by this stage of the game.
The League Two has opened the scoring in the game after 24 minutes, slightly against the run of play, when the Blues failed to deal decisively with a corner and Lee chipped Lewis Price from eight yards.
Lee had already posted a warning, after being left unmarked at a Stewart Talbot corner, while defender Lee Canoville had also found a way through before driving a shot wide.
Town had enjoyed a bright start, with Currie, in particular, moving around the park to good effect. He cleverly dinked a ball over the defence for Forster to run on to and his chip beat Nathan Abbey but it rebounded off the crossbar and the keeper recovered to push away under pressure from Parkin.
The equaliser came on the half-hour, when Currie side-footed an 18-yard free-kick around the wall and it hit former Lincoln City defender Ben Futcher on line. The ball went in off him under pressure from Forster, who claimed the goal.
T1own made seven changes at half-time and three made an immediate impact, with Kevin Horlock, at left-back, swinging a ball wide for McDonald to run on to and his cross was met by Garvan. The Irishman's first-time shot hit the crossbar but he followed up and nodded the rebound past substitute keeper Scott Howie.
Currie's movement and quality continued to pose Boston problems and he set up Town's third goal with a neat ball through for Forster.
The former Reading man cleverly allowed it to run and squeezed past a defender before clipping the ball past Howie.
United's reply was immediate, with Clare heading a Danny Thomas cross from the left past Shane Supple. The Blues' fourth came courtesy of former Colchester United defender White, who made the switch to York Street earlier this month.
A deep corner from Currie struck White and it dribbled into the bottom corner past Howie with 12 minutes left.
Skipper Jim Magilton weighed in with a rare gem of a goal, an exquisite 20-yard chip that the keeper got his fingers to but could not prevent from going in.
Boston United: Abbey (Howie, 46), Canoville (Thomas, 46), McCann, Greaves (White, 56), Futcher, Talbot (Ellender, 69) Maylett, Rusk (Edkins, 46), Lee, Clare (Norris) and Holland. Subs not used: Joachim, Johnson and Whelan.
Ipswich Town: Price, (Supple, 46) Wilnis (Moore, 46), Richards (Horlock, 46), De Vos (Collins, 46), Juan (Magilton, 46), Naylor, Bowditch (McDonald, 46), Forster, Parkin, Currie and Westlake (Garvan, 46). All subs used.
Referee: Kevin Wright (Peterborough)