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Ipswich Town ladies stay unbeaten after 2-2 draw with Cambridge United

PUBLISHED: 11:54 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 11 September 2017

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock has now scored 4 goals in 3 games this season. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock has now scored 4 goals in 3 games this season. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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FA Women’s Premier League South East

Cambridge United 2

Ipswich Town 2

Ipswich Town ladies were pegged back twice as they drew 2-2 with Cambridge United to stay unbeaten so far this season, writes Ross Halls.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Amanda Crump goal to make it 2-1 to Town. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town players celebrate Amanda Crump goal to make it 2-1 to Town. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Cassie Craddock put Town in front, in a match played at Mildenhall Town, against the run of play with a great strike into the top of the goal from just inside the area.

She has now scored four goals in three games – she netted a hat-trick in the Blues’ 8-1 win over Larkhall Athletic in the FA WPL Cup determining round last weekend – and her strike sent the Blues into half-time leading 1-0.

Cambridge equalised with 20 minutes of the second half gone. A fantastic run from Evie Gallop saw her shot parried by Town keeper Ellie Bird, but ex-Blue Amy Howlett reacted well to fire home the rebound.

Ipswich then retook the lead through an in-swinging corner from captain Amanda Crump, which took a touch on its way in at the far post to make it 2-1 to the Blues.

Ipswich Town striker Jade Henry on the ball for Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town striker Jade Henry on the ball for Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS

But Cambridge equalised late on as Nuala Wayne held the ball up well in the box before spinning and firing the ball high into the net to win her team a point.

The ladies will come out of the game feeling unfortunate not to get all three points, but it’s a improvement on recent results against the U’s, who crushed them 5-0 and 4-1 last season.

Goalscorer Craddock said: “The game was highly physical and the girls battled very hard all over the pitch – we were unfortunate not to get all three points.

“It’s great to finally be adding goals into my game – something that has been a real focus of mine for this season. Four goals in the last two games – I’ll take that!”

Ipswich Town striker Natasha Thomas on the ball for Ipswich during the 2-2 draw with Cambridge. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town striker Natasha Thomas on the ball for Ipswich during the 2-2 draw with Cambridge. Picture: ROSS HALLS

The result sees Ipswich go second in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, after two wins and a draw, with Luton Town currently top of the league after three wins on the trot.

Up next for Ipswich is a home fixture against Leyton Orient at the Goldstar Ground on Sunday. Orient put nine past Enfield Town last weekend, and sit sixth in the league.

Town side: Bird, Blackwood, Hubbard, Fagg, Craddock, Thomas, Crump ©, Cossey, Henry (Campbell), Cage, Moore (S Welton). Subs not used: Downey, Ball

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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