Jordan at the double for Town reserves
Ipswich Town Reserves 3 Leyton Orient Reserves 1JORDAN Rhodes gave Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton another reminder of his goalscoring prowess when he scored twice in last night's reserve match at Portman Road.
By Elvin King
Ipswich Town Reserves 3 Leyton Orient Reserves 1
JORDAN Rhodes gave Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton another reminder of his goalscoring prowess when he scored twice in last night's reserve match at Portman Road.
The 17-year-old also made the third goal for Dean Bowditch as Town kept on course to win the Pontins Holiday's Combination east division.
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Rhodes was as surprise inclusion in last Saturday's squad for the Championship game against Plymouth although he was not named in the final party.
In last week's 2-2 draw at Brisbane Road in the corresponding fixture, Rhodes netted both Town goals.
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He struck in the 15th minute last night after being put through a square defence by Kieran Leabon. The youngster finished in the style of an accomplished marksman beating the keeper easily after running from halfway.
Jason Demetriou equalised five minutes from the break when a deflected 20- yard shot wrong-footed Town keeper Shane Supple.
Ipswich played some attractive football with wing-backs Sito Castro and Kurt Robinson catching the eye, and it was no surprise when they retook the lead in the 74th minute when Robinson made a surging run down the left and crossed for Rhodes to convert comfortably.
With three minute remaining Rhodes turned provider when he ran free down the right and crossed to the far post where substitute Bowditch converted.
Scott Barron and Billy Clarke were ruled out of last night's game.
Barron has an ankle injury and Clarke picked up a groin problem in training.
Orient included midfielder Phil Mulryn, former Manchester United and Norwich City player who once had a trial with Town.
Ipswich: Supple, Sito, Robinson, Fenn, Synnott, Smith, Moore (sub Trotter 46 mins), Reason, Rhodes, Upson, Leabon, (Bowditch 46) Substitutes: Plummer, Tooms, Webster.
Leyton Orient: Morris, Matthews, Kemp, Webb, Fyfield, Mulryne, Page (Shields 63), Demetriou, Ibehre, Echanomi, Duncan. Substitutes: Doyle, Grange, Pires.
Referee: Mr M George.