Excellent display

Ipswich Town Res 3 Norwich City Res 0EVEN more satisfying than the three goal-winning margain against the Old Enemy (if that's possible) was the all-round performance by Town Reserves yesterday.

By Derek Davis

Ipswich Town Res 3 Norwich City Res 0

EVEN more satisfying than the three goal-winning margain against the Old Enemy (if that's possible) was the all-round performance by Town Reserves yesterday.

Individually and as a unit it was an excellent display topped by Danny Haynes' double and a Darryl Knights' finish.


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Although Jim Magilton was on scouting duties elsewhere, with Stoke City and Coventry City clashing last night, he will no doubt have been briefed on how many of these players are pushing for a first team place.

Sammy Moore put in a hard-working and effective shift, while Scott Barron supported Darren Currie very well and the whole back four kept City's experienced attack at bay.

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Czech keeper Jaroslav Drobny made a couple of good saves but was largely untroubled as James Krause and Michael Synott, not exactly the biggest defenders in the world, contained the experienced Peter Thorne and England Under-20 striker Ryan Jarvis.

Owen Garvan showed a few glimpses of his old self as he came back from a lengthy illness but still looks some way off a first team return.

Gavin Williams didn't play but is making steady progress from his groin operation, while Lewis Price was also watching the game and said he was feeling less pain now after cracking a rib.

Jaime Peters and Sito Castro were busy down the right flank supplying the lively Haynes and Knights.

Haynes kept his remarkable record of scoring in all but one of his games against Norwich when he won a penalty in the ninth minutes and converted with ease.

Moore had delivered a good ball wide for Knights to pull across and Michael Spillane tripped Haynes.

Haynes bagged his brace 10 minutes after the break when Mat Halliday made a hash of a Currie cross and the young striker pounced to bury from 10 yards.

Knights wrapped things up 10 minutes from time after good work from substitutes Jai Reason and Jordan Rhodes at a quick free kick and the young striker made it seven goals in four competitive reserve games with a sharp turn and finish.

City offered little in front of new first team boss Peter Grant with Bally Smart clipping the crossbar in the dying minutes as they staged a late rally.

The senior teams meet on Sunday, November 19 and Ipswich will be looking for a similar level of performance and result against their Norfolk counterparts.

Ipswich Town Res: Drobny, Sito, Barron, Moore, Synott, Krause, Currie (Short, 80), Garvan (Reason, 73), Haynes (Rhodes, 73), Knights and Peters. Subs not used: Smith, Plummer.

Norwich City Res: Camp, Louis-Jean, Bexfield (Lathorpe, 83), Hughes (Smart, 46), Halliday, Spillane, Fisk, Martin, Thorne, Ryan Jarvis and Rossi Jarvis. Subs not used: El Ouargui, Muddel, Arnold.

Referee: Mr G Ward. Attendance: 200.

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