Town come good to beat Gills

Ipswich Town 2 Gillingham 1IPSWICH Town, who reached the play-offs last season, got their Coca Cola Championship season off to the best possible start when they came from behind to beat Gillingham at a hot Portman Road this afternoon.

By Nick Richards

IPSWICH Town, who reached the play-offs last season, got their Coca Cola Championship season off to the best possible start when they came from behind to beat Gillingham at a hot Portman Road this afternoon.

Goals from Richard Naylor in the 35th minute and a gem from Dean Bowditch in the 46th minute were enough to give Joe Royle's side three points – more than they had after six games last season.

It was Town's fourth 2-1 victory in succession having won three home pre-seasons friendlies by a similar score.

And it was the first time they have beaten Gillingham at home in the League since September 9, 1953 when they won 6-1 in the old Division Three South.

New signing Kevin Horlock was an inspiration in midfield while Jason De Vos, also making his debut, helped give Town a resolute look at the back after conceding a goal to Paul Smith in the 23rd minute.

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Darren Bent and Bowditch were lively up front used mainly on the flanks and Town had the chances to have scored more goals particularly in a second period where they had virtually complete control.

Read the full report in this weekend's Green 'Un… plus

Ian Westlake's new weekly column

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Colchester's historic start to the season

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