Ipswich Cranes II 3 Ipswich V 2

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Ipswich Cranes II 3 Ipswich V 2

CRANES made a slow and tentative start whereas Ipswich were the dominant side trapping Cranes in their own 25 with a myriad of free hits just outside the circle. These were repelled by the Cranes defence, with Simon Williamson being the main wall.

Cranes finally started to get a bit more control back with some fast and furious breaks but this served to open play up for both teams, which resulted in a goal for Ipswich to take the lead. Shortly afterwards the first half was halted when Cranes defender Williamson went down injured. The subsequent delay resulted in the teams agreeing to play shortened halves rather than rearrange the game.

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The second half got under way with Cranes fired up and ready to seek a win. Cranes went on the attack, using the full width of the pitch and attacking down both sides. These attacks resulted in a number of short corners, Ipswich were very fast out to defend but Cranes finally got on the end of a deflection that went through Revan Jones, to Trevor Bunce hitting the keeper, before Andy Eldon got on the end of it and persuaded it over the line to level the score.

Revan Jones was involved once again in the second goal as Cranes took the lead for the first time, intercepting an Ipswich pass across the middle of the field and drove into the 'D' where he passed to Jon Goulden who finshed off to make it 2-1.

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However, Ipswich broke again and levelled the score. With time running out the pressure was on Cranes to get another win and eventually an attack down the right saw a great pass into the circle allowing Eric Davy to LBZ into the top of the net to make it 3-2. Cranes then went on the defensive for the last 5 minutes to ensure another win for the season.

All the best to Simon for a quick recovery.

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