Clarke treble as Town hit Bury fox six
BILLY Clarke found his shooting boots as Ipswich Town hit the goal trail for the second game running at Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds, on Friday night.After their 5-1 win at Crawley Town on Tuesday - with Tommy Miller netting three times - the Blues hit Ryman League Division One North Bury for six.
By Elvin King
BILLY Clarke found his shooting boots as Ipswich Town hit the goal trail for the second game running at Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds, on Friday night.
After their 5-1 win at Crawley Town on Tuesday - with Tommy Miller netting three times - the Blues hit Ryman League Division One North Bury for six.
Clarke, 19, was a lively customer and took two one-on-one chances superbly - with a fortunate second goal squeezed between.
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Danny Haynes, a cracker from Owen Garvan and substitute Kurt Robinson were the other marksmen on a night when Gavin Williams gave Town a big boost with a successful return from injury.
He allayed fears over his well-being and showed he is on the way to a full recovery with an encouraging display.
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Within two minutes of his return to action the Welsh international showed why he is such a valuable member of the Blues squad when he lifted a peach of a pass over the Bury defence for Clarke to run clear and net confidently.
Owen Garvan was also showing his class in midfield and along with Williams sent a succession of pin-point first-half long passes that the home defence had difficulty coping with.
Manager Jim Magilton was not at the game because of a family commitment in the north of England with coach Bryan Klug taking charge of the side.
Town went further ahead in the 18th minute when Jaime Peters, who later took a knock to his thigh, went down the right to pull back a pass that the energetic Haynes placed precisely into the net with his left foot from 18-yards.
A scramble following a 24th minute right-wing corner resulted in the ball being struck against Clarke before rebounding into the net, and just before the interval Garvan played a one-two with Clarke before curling a spectacular left-foot shot high into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Town were unable to deal with a cross to the far post and former Ipswich Academy boy Scott Chaplin took advantage to score for Bury with a low shot that went under Shane Supple.
Academy scholar Tommy Smith showed his potential at the back, but there were times when Ipswich's worrying defensive frailties surfaced again.
Triallist Arsene Menassiu came on to play at right back with Michael Synnott moving to central defence, with Supple taking over as skipper from Ian Miller. Reggie Lambe, a scholar from Bermuda, also saw some first team action.
A strong run forward by 19-year-old Frenchman Menassiu led to a measured pass converted by Clarke for his hat-trick in the 65th minute, and two minutes later substitute Robinson blocked a clearance for the ball to loop over the keeper and into the net.
Town finished with ten men with Menassiu limping off eight minutes from the end with a hamstring strain.
Bury, who started with three under-19's and all their substitutes were all 18 or under, were not disgraced and the work out will have done them good both on and off the field.
Bury Town: D Greygoose (sub S Greygoose 80), Jeal (L Read 64), Nunn (Sloots 74), Cornwall, Coe (Walker 79), Bullard, L Smith (N Clarke 80), Steward (Foster 74), S Read (Bamment 74), Cambridge (Kawaguchi 80), Chaplin (J Miller 80).
Ipswich Town: Supple; Synnott, I Miller (Menassiu 57), T Smith, Richards; Peters (Lambe 46), Garvan (Murray 76), Williams (Robinson 57), O'Callaghan (Rhodes 76); Haynes (Cawley 76), Clarke (Upson 76).
Referee: Mr R Beevor (Lowestoft).
Two former Ipswich Town players have moved clubs with Gary Croft switching from Grimsby to Lincoln for free and Simon Walton going from Charlton to QPR for £200,000.