Needham will get respect
IPSWICH Town are treating Needham Market with the same respect as they did Norwich City when they play their second derby game in four days tonight.The Blues reserves travel to Bloomfields to play Ridgeons League Needham in the quarter-final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup (kick-off 7.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town are treating Needham Market with the same respect as they did Norwich City when they play their second derby game in four days tonight.
The Blues reserves travel to Bloomfields to play Ridgeons League Needham in the quarter-final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).
And Town reserve team manager Richard Hall says that they will be looking for a similar performance to the one served up by the first team in Sunday's 3-1 Championship success against the Canaries.
“We will be looking to put on a professional show,” said Hall, who is fielding a strong side.
“It will be like a cup final for Needham, and we have to be prepared for that. As a professional
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club we take every game seriously and this one is no different.
“We have only lost once all season at reserve level and the aim will be to keep that good record going against what we expect to be good opposition.”
Gavin Williams, Owen Garvan, Shane Supple and Jaime Peters are four regular first team squad players who will be starting tonight.
“We have players coming back from injury and this is an ideal opportunity for then to get some match action,” added Hall, who is a coach at the Ipswich academy.
“Gavin will be playing his first game after a groin operation in late September, while Owen will be the better for another 90 minutes as he comes back from illness.
“Shane Supple needs a game, and Jaime Peters, like Scott Barron and Chris Casement, has a chance to shine. Darryl Knights and Sammy Moore also have much to play for.”
Town manager Jim Magilton is due to watch the game at a ground where Canadian international Peters impressed in a trial game before the 2004/05 season.