Strong Town side beaten by Posh

Peterborough United Res 3 Ipswich Town 2A STRONG Ipswich Town team missed a chance to go back to the top of the Totesport.com Football Combination East Division when they lost at London Road.

Peterborough United Res 3 Ipswich Town 2

A STRONG Ipswich Town team missed a chance to go back to the top of the Totesport.com Football Combination East Division when they lost at London Road.

Blues manager Roy Keane was not at the game to run a rule over players who have not been playing regular first team football recently.

But first team coach Tony Loughlan and club coach Steve Foley looked on as Bryan Klug's second string failed to complete a double over Posh having beaten them with a Tommy Smith goal at Portman Road earlier in the season.

Jon Stead, who is interesting Derby County, scored twice after Sergio Torres put the home side in front in the third minute.

Torres got ahead of Damien Delaney to convert a cross from the left. Charlie Lee headed a second Peterborough goal from a corner five minutes later.

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Stead followed up an Owen Garvan free-kick to pull a goal back in the 16th minute, but Posh restored their two-goal advantage in the 36th minute when Delaney's intended pass to Stead was picked up by Lee, who broke forward unchallenged and fired home.

The Blues were better in the second half and in 70th minute, Delaney beat his man twice and sent over a good cross that Stead nodded home.

Peterborough keeper James McKeown was then forced into a number of good saves, notably from Stead and substitute Reggie Lambe although Stead did miss an 80th minute sitter.

Garvan and Colin Healy caught the eye but �1.7million striker Tamas Priskin was quiet.

Town team: Lee-Barrett, Ainsley, Delaney, Colback (Lambe 60), Bruce, Balkestein, Upson, Garvan, Stead, Priskin (Hyam 68), Healy. Unused substitutes: McLoughlin, Eastman, Cawley.