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Tractor Girls get back to winning ways by beating league leaders

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

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National League Division One South East

Ipswich Town 2

Billericay Town 0

Ipswich Town Women ended a run of six games without a win by beating table-toppers Billericay Town 2-0 at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe on Wednesday night, writes Kieran Standley.

Natasha Thomas was making her return to the first team Picture: ROSS HALLSNatasha Thomas was making her return to the first team Picture: ROSS HALLS

Natasha Thomas headed Ipswich in front just before half-time, with summer signing Natalie Richardson sealing the three points after the break with her first goal for the club.

Town came out of the blocks flying with Toni-Anne Wayne unlucky to see her glancing header drop into the keeper’s hands before Thomas terrified the Billericay backline with her immense pace and struck the crossbar with a fizzing effort from just inside the area.

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Ipswich Town F.C Women ended a run of six games without a win by beating table-toppers Billericay Town 2-0 at the Goldstar Ground Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town F.C Women ended a run of six games without a win by beating table-toppers Billericay Town 2-0 at the Goldstar Ground Picture: ROSS HALLS

Richardson was next to go close as she spotted Nikita Runnacles off her line and forced the scrambling goalkeeper to into a reaction save.

Ipswich continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded for their endeavour.

Cassie Craddock floated in a corner from the right and Thomas was on hand to tower above her Billericay markers and head Town into the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Natalie Richardson scoring Town's second Picture: ROSS HALLSNatalie Richardson scoring Town's second Picture: ROSS HALLS

The goal marked the first time this season that Ipswich had taken the lead in a game as they headed into the break deservedly in front.

After the restart, Town once again came out with intensity and went close early on in the half as Wayne blasted narrowly over from the edge of the area.

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Zoe Cossey Picture: ROSS HALLSZoe Cossey Picture: ROSS HALLS

However, just moments later the Tractor Girls did double their advantage as Mollie DeBell’s terrific flick-on forced a mistake from Danica Dougal, allowing Richardson to pick up the loose ball and fire over Runnacles’ head from 20-yards.

Town weren’t done there, with full-back Jac Ball firing narrowly wide of the post with a strong first-time effort before DeBell was unlucky not to meet Richardson’s dangerous corner.

The visitors in truth had rarely threatened until they gave Town a scare in the dying moments as substitute Sophie Vale saw her effort rebound off the post.

Ipswich would hold on for a well-earned first home win of the season, claiming their first clean-sheet in the process.

The Tractor Girls return to action this Sunday at home to Denham United.

A prisoner from Hollesley Bay has been found after an appeal was launched to locate him.

A fire alarm temporarily stopped the show going on at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis tries out tapas sized dishes at the new Arlingtons in Ipswich.

A white van registered as having “no current keeper” was stopped by police - and then seized as the driver had no insurance or licence.

Half of Ipswich’s late night eateries have received full marks following their most recent visit from the council’s food hygiene inspectors and have been awarded a five-star award - while one received zero stars

A flurry of fraudulent bank notes have surfaced in Suffolk, with fraudsters trying to pay for low-value items with fake money.

Suffolk police have charged a man in connection with a burglary at a town centre bed and breakfast.

The rate of unsolved domestic abuse, serious sex offences and robberies is rising across Suffolk – and fewer victims are supporting police investigations.

A man has sustained injuries and another was arrested following an alleged road rage incident between two lorry drivers.

A car was seized for having no valid MOT or insurance after originally being stopped by police for having a defective headlight.

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