Town youngters in Woodbridge stalemate

IPSWICH reserve coach Steve McCall was disappointed with a 2-2 draw after his side went 2-1 up.But he conceded: "All credit to Woodbridge. They worked hard.

IPSWICH reserve coach Steve McCall was disappointed with a 2-2 draw after his side went 2-1 up.

But he conceded: "All credit to Woodbridge. They worked hard. It was a good effort from them. It was also a very good work out for us."

Erdem Artun, the young defender who has been out with long term injury, made a good comeback.

Artun is available for transfer and has been attracting interest from a number of clubs including Oxford United, the Third Division side managed by former Town captain Ian Atkins.

Woodbridge forced a draw when from a flighted free-kick by Ben Miller, Jamie Buckle was first to the ball to beat keeper Scott Peat with a powerful header.

Woodbridge had gone ahead, against the run of play after 19 minutes when Jamie Baker flighted in a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

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His manager Colwyn Rowe said: "He does that every week."

Ipswich had gone close before through Liam Craig, Adem Atay and Craig Reid had been hauled over in the penalty box without a spot-kick awarded.

Ipswich were fluent in midfield with Atay and Alfie Kamara confident on the ball but they didn't exploit that fully until the second-half.

Soon after the restart Atay saw a strong effort on goal blocked and it looped up and got behind the defence, where Town's Scott Mitchell was the first player to react and scored easily.

Ipswich featured Erdem Artun in defence in his first game back since December and he drove forward, featuring in some good right-wing moves.

Another long-term absentee, Matt Robinson, came on in the second half and he made the second goal for Ipswich with a perfect left-wing cross for another sub, Billy Clarke, to head home.

As Ipswich looked like running away with the game, Kamara, Atay and Robinson were denied as they looked likely to score leading the way open for Woodbridge to grab their equaliser.

Ipswich man of the match Atay said: "I enjoyed it tonight but it was a very tough game."

Woodbridge coach Rowe said: "I am pleased with the lads, they are better technically than us but I can't fault the effort. They won't be playing against players as good as this every week."

Woodbridge: Dixon, Dearsley, Bailey, Coleman, Don George, Dan George, Bartholomew, Baker, Howell, Harewood and Laws. Subs used: Gales, Smythe, Buckle, Miller, Ager and Trevivian.

Ipswich: Peat, Artun, Okay, Flack, Hogg, Mitchell, Atay, Kamara, Reid, Craig and Barron. Subs used: Robinson, Preau, Krause, Clarke, Manning, McEntaggart and Nordin.

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