Town looking for the professional job

IPSWICH Town will be looking for another professional job when they play Leiston in the final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road tonight (kick-off 7.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town will be looking for another professional job when they play Leiston in the final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road tonight (kick-off 7.30pm).

The Blues last reached the final in 1969/70, and it has proved a successful decision by manager Jim Magilton to make a return to the competition after 30 years.

The appearance of Ipswich Town at Felixstowe and Walton United, Needham Market and Ipswich Wanderers in the previous rounds has proved a tremendous public relations exercise.

Ipswich, who won all three games relatively comfortably, are seeking a double tonight having already won the east section of the Pontin's Holidays Combination.

“In every round our opposition has treated the game like a cup final. And we have turned in a professional display,” said Town's reserve team manager Richard Hall.

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“We will be looking to do the same tonight. The match gives our youngsters a chance to play on the main pitch, which they will relish and there should be a good atmosphere.”

Ipswich will be using the away dressing room, while Ridgeons League Premier Division high-flyers Leiston will have to play in their change strip.

Youth keeper Andrew Plummer will play in goal, with six players with first team experience in the Town squad - Dean Bowditch, now recovered from a thigh problem, Scott Barron, Billy Clarke, fit again after a groin problem, Sito, Liam Trotter and Sammy Moore.

Squads

Ipswich Town: Plummer, Clarke, C Williams, Bowditch, Upson, Reason, Rhodes, Robinson, Trotter, Synnott, Tooms, Fenn, Moore, Barron, Sito, Smith.

Leiston: Moyes, Sparkes, Ryland, Jennings, Saker, Boardley, Manning, Stanley, Hammond, McGlone, Dennett, Eagle, Roach, Dan George, Keeble, Trotter.

Referee: Mr A Sannerude (Carlton Colville)

Former Ireland and Surrey cricketer Mark Patterson is one of the assistant referees tonight, with Adrian Sannerude from Carlton Colville in charge. Suffolk FA president Gordon Blake will present the trophy.

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