GALLERY: Gillingham 0 Ipswich Town 2

Alex Henshall gets a high five from Paul Taylor after putting Ipswich in front early at Gillingham o

Alex Henshall gets a high five from Paul Taylor after putting Ipswich in front early at Gillingham on Saturday

Ipswich Town are still to concede a goal in pre-season following their 2-0 win at League One side Gillingham.

Alex Henshall – who had impressed in the goalless home draw with West Ham and 3-0 victory at Colchester – fired the Blues into the lead inside the opening 60 seconds, coolly side-footing home at the back post following Cameron Stewart’s low cross.

The second didn’t arrive until just after the hour mark, Luke Hyam converting a fine diving header just four minutes after he’d come on as a substitute.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy included trialists Kevin Bru and Balint Bajner in his starting line-up, although Stephen Hunt again missed out with a calf injury.

It was 6ft 5in Hungarian striker Bajner who set-up the second goal, soon replaced by Daryl Murphy, while French-Mauritian midfielder Bru did well before making way for Hyam in the 57th minute.


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Jack Marriott once again did his chances no harm, coming on at half-time and quickly forcing keeper Glen Morris into a good save. He did put the ball in the back of the net, slamming home a rebound after Bajner’s header had come back off the post, although the latter had already been flagged offside.

With the match having been played in scorching conditions, McCarthy told the club’s official website: “It was a good workout for the lads, especially in the intense heat that both teams had to play in.

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“I thought we played well and I thought we deserved to win.

“I can’t remember Gerks (Dean Gerken) having a save to make and I was thoroughly pleased with the performance.

“We’re playing well and we’ve come through another game without picking up any injuries, so I’m very pleased.”

Meanwhile, the Blues boss revealed that striker David McGoldrick – who scored 16 goals last seaosn before a cruciate knee injury ended his campaign in mid-February – could feature in either Tuesday’s friendly at Southend (7.45pm) or Saturday’s final warm-up at Leyton Orient (3pm).

“Didz trained this week and did some work with TC (Terry Connor) on Wednesday and Thursday, before joining in with one of my sessions on Friday,” said McCarthy.

“He looked good and his fitness is absolutely fine. He’s a bit ring rusty because he’s returning from such a long injury lay-off but he’s doing well.

“I’d like to give Didz some game-time and, providing he’s okay, we might see him play against Southend or Leyton Orient.

“We will be guided by him and the physios and if they all think he can feature, then I’d like to give him some time on the pitch.”

Town’s 13th successive season at Championship level starts with the Sky televised visit of newly-relegated Fulham on August 9 (5.15pm).

IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Veseli (Hewitt 46), Chambers (Berra 76), Smith, Parr (Mings 76); Stewart (Nouble 76), Bru (Hyam 57), Skuse (Wordsworth 76), Henshall (Anderson 61); Bajner (Murphy 70), Taylor (Marriott 46).

Attendance: 1,812 (236 away)

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