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Eagles clip Blakenham’s wings as their march towards another league title

PUBLISHED: 12:51 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 20 June 2018

Luke Harrison and Dan Knights collide in the first bend at Ipswich during the Elite Senior GP on Saturday Photo: PHIL CLARKE

Luke Harrison and Dan Knights collide in the first bend at Ipswich during the Elite Senior GP on Saturday Photo: PHIL CLARKE

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Ipswich Eagles 95 Great Blakenham 82

Ipswich Eagles put one hand on the South East Division One trophy after a hard-fought victory over local rivals Great Blakenham, on Sunday, writes Phil Clarke.

Blakenham had won the first fixture between the two clubs by six points, but this 95-82 victory for Ipswich in the return, means it will be the Eagles who will retain the title once more should they win the rest of their fixtures.

Ipswich were solid throughout with every rider contributing, while Blakenham relied heavily on their top three of Josh Brooke, Adam Peck and Lewis Osborne.

And while Peck went through the card, Ipswich were too solid.

Exclusions to Osborne and Keanu Bowers took their toll on the visitors to Whitton Sports Centre and Ipswich lead 49-38 at the interval.

Ipswich were content with shared heats in the second half in what was a master-class team performance.

The meeting also included Division 2 and Youth matches, both won comfortably by Ipswich.

With both teams dropping no points elsewhere in the league so far, this result makes Ipswich the favourites for the 2018 title as ties will be decided on the points difference from their two meetings.

Ipswich Eagles 95: Dan Knights 10+2, Matt Hill 17, Pierce Bacon 14+1, Richard Fellgett 15+2, Harrison Bacon 11+1, Ashley Hill 13+2, Fraser Harris 9, Ben Clarke 6+1.

Great Blakenham 82: Sam Turner 0, Josh Brooke 15, Jason Ashford 9+1, Adam Peck 20, Lewis Osborne 14, Jonjo Slaughter 12+1, Keanu Bowers 7+2, Adam Cooper 5.

On Saturday, the HSBC Elite Grand Prix took place at Ipswich.

And it was double joy for the home club, with Pierce Bacon (juniors) and Ashley Hill (seniors) taking home the top cash prizes. Bacon made it two GP wins on the bounce, defeating Poole’s Fraser Garnett and Kesgrave’s Lewis Brinkhoff in an A final clash.

Hill was untouchable in the seniors, racing to a 20-point maximum.

Indeed he was even afforded the luxury of finishing second in his final heat, if needed. However, he beat Josh Brooke in that. Brooke finishing the afternoon in third place and second in the overall standings. Chris Timms of Birmingham was second on the day.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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