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Ipswich Cardinals lose in play-offs after a great season

The Ipswich Cardinals' defence tries to get to grips with the Hertfordshire Cheetahs. Picture: RACHEL GOODE

The Ipswich Cardinals' defence tries to get to grips with the Hertfordshire Cheetahs. Picture: RACHEL GOODE

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Division Two South play-offs

Hertfordshire Cheetahs 44

Ipswich Cardinals 14

The Ipswich Cardinals’ season ended with a play-off defeat in St Albans, but they can hold their heads high after a fine season, writes Kyle Clark.

Ipswich Cardinals star Chris Johnson on the run. Picture: RACHEL GOODEIpswich Cardinals star Chris Johnson on the run. Picture: RACHEL GOODE

The Cardinals first drive was unsuccessful after an excellent return by Chris Johnson as a turnover on downs left the Cheetahs deep in their own territory. However, it wouldn’t be long before the hosts would take the lead.

The Cheetahs’ elusive running back weaved his way through Ipswich’s young defenders, before setting up the pass for the first score of the game. Hertfordshire added two points, again through the air, to increase their early advantage to 8-0.

Ipswich struck back early in the second quarter. Excellent running from Henri Clements and Matt Wright saw the former eventually bundling the ball over the goal-line to close the gap. Ling added the extra point to close the deficit to one point at 8-7.

The Cheetahs extended their lead with a touchdown pass and another two pint conversion, to make the half-time score 16-7.

Hertfordshire scored on their first possession of the second half, and suddenly it was 24-7 to the home side and Ipswich were chasing the game.

The Suffolk side couldn’t get anything moving though and had to punt, only for the Cheetahs to score again and make it 30-7.

Undeterred, the Cardinals offence came out on the field determined to make their mark against a tough defence that had not conceded on their own patch all season.

Ipswich Cardinals runner Henri Clements looks for a gap. Picture: RACHEL GOODEIpswich Cardinals runner Henri Clements looks for a gap. Picture: RACHEL GOODE

Wright and a combination of Alvin Vyapooree and Johnson carried the away side down towards the goal line, before quarterback Matt Agate applied the finishing touch to an excellent drive. Ling duly added the extra point and it was 30-14.

But the Cheetahs’ play-off experience continued to show as they rounded out an excellent performance with a further touchdown on the ground, this time a huge run down the sideline, before the scoring was completed by a long pass over the top of the tiring Ipswich defence.

So the Cardinals’ season is over but, after a year in which they finished second in their division, they can be very proud of their efforts – and will look to make progress again next year.

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.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

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