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Non-league teenagers get Ipswich Town chance

PUBLISHED: 09:48 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 27 February 2013

Ade Yussuf

Ade Yussuf

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NON-LEAGUE duo Jordy Nkunga and Ade Yusuff will be given another chance to impress the Ipswich Town management at Queens Park Rangers, this weekend.

Defender Nkunga, who has been impressing at Evo-Stik Southern Premier side, St. Neots, and striker, Yussef, who recently left the Saints to join their league rivals, Banbury, turned out for Town’s under-21s team in their 4-3 win over Colchester on Monday night, having already trained with the club.

The duo, both 19, are full-time students at Kettering-based Tresham Academy and represent the under-21 development squad there, playing in the Conference Reserve League.

They both held their own in the game, in which Frank Nouble scored a hat-trick for the hosts, and made a significant enough impact, under the watchful eyes of Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and the Blues’ Under-21 coach Mark Kennedy, to be named in Saturday’s squad.

Yusuff was at Stevenage, before being released in April, while Nkunga has had spells at Midlands outfits, Walsall and West Brom.

Fellow trialist Victor Zapata-Caicedo featured for the reserves from the bench, the Tottenham Hotspurs youngster having spent the week training with the club at Playford Road.

The Colombian-born striker was brought up in Hackney and scored a hat-trick in Spurs’ recent under-18s game, against West Brom, a game they won 4-0.

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

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