Ipswich II 3 St Ives 0

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Division One North

Ipswich II 3 St Ives 0

IPSWICH faced second placed St Ives at home on Saturday. Possession was tightly contested in what was a fast but scrappy match. Ipswich opened the score-line after 10 minutes with a goal from forward Faye Curran. Despite giving the ball away too easily at times, Ipswich began to have the majority of possession and pressurised the St Ives 'D' forcing the keeper to make several saves. Ipswich forward Hannah Martin made a penetrating lead and slipped the ball to midfielder Connie Bedingfield who struck it firmly past the keeper extending Ipswich's lead.

Both teams continued to give away possession too easily in the second half, however Ipswich's effort and team work enabled them to over-turn possession more frequently. Both teams generated goal scoring opportunities including penalty corners, but were unable to convert these. Ipswich's Sam Bennett, Millie Sharp, Jenny Ellis and Fran Tew performed well in defence, winning the ball and distributing well.

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Lowri Davies had another good match making penetrating leads in attack. Ipswich were awarded a penalty flick for an intentional stick tackle on Hannah Martin and this was converted by Faye Curran. Ipswich continued to distribute the ball smoothly through Hannah Tallent in centre midfield and worked hard as a team until the final whistle to ensure their well deserved three points were awarded.

Ipswich remain in fifth place in East Division One North with 33 points (but two games in hand over some of the teams above) and will travel to Wisbech next Saturday. 'Player of the Match' was awarded to Faye Curran for an excellent performance in attack and 'Personal Best' was awarded to Sam Bennett for a fantastic game in defence.

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