Town match after Tiptree put in jam

TIPTREE United have secured a money-spinning pre-season friendly with Ipswich Town.The Blues will travel to the Ridgeons League club on Thursday, July 24, as promised after an administrative mistake by them and Northampton Town, led to Tiptree being kicked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase.

Derek Davis

TIPTREE United have secured a money-spinning pre-season friendly with Ipswich Town.

The Blues will travel to the Ridgeons League club on Thursday, July 24, as promised after an administrative mistake by them and Northampton Town, led to Tiptree being kicked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase.

The Jam-Makers were expelled when they played former Ipswich academy player Ian Nimmo and Northampton youngster James Arlick believing they had been released from their respective clubs.

But the paperwork had not been sent to the FA by the Football league clubs' secretaries and so the players were technically ineligible.

The Blues apologised for their part in the error earlier in the season and promised to give Tiptree a pre-season game to help recompense.

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Tiptree secretary John Wisbey thanked the Blues for keeping their word, as yet Northampton have not followed suit.

Wisbey added: “The potential income from this one match will set the club up for the rest of the season and will also provide manager Colin Wallington and his players the opportunity to pit their wits against some of the best in the business.

“It may be just another pre-season game to Ipswich but to our lads it will be a cup final and with the squad Colin is assembling I'm sure our lads will be keen to put up a good show.”

Tiptree players will report back for pre-season on June 24 and have fixed up friendlies with Concord Rangers and Dartford.

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