Bowditch on target in Town win
Bury Town 0 Ipswich Town XI 3DEAN Bowditch, Jaime Peters and Ed Upson scored first-half goals as Ipswich beat Bury Town in a pre-season friendly.
Bury Town 0 Ipswich Town XI 3
DEAN Bowditch, Jaime Peters and Ed Upson scored first-half goals as Ipswich beat Bury Town in a pre-season friendly.
A crowd of almost 1,000 turned out on a damp night to see the friendly owed to Bury as part of the deal that took Ian Miller to Portman Road two years ago.
Ostensibly a reserve side, although seven of the starting XI have played in Ipswich's first team, this was Chris Kiwomya's first good look at those challenging the senior side which will be on display at Brentford tomorrow.
Former Ipswich players Kevin Horlock and Gavin Johnson were included in the Bury side.
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With just three minutes gone, Bowditch hit a delicate chip which came back off the crossbar. The attacker, who has recentlysigned a new one-year deal, made sure midway through the first half when he dinked the ball over the stranded Dean Greygoose to give Ipswich the lead.
He turned provider moments later but Gary Roberts' first touch let him down, this came after he had also missed with a stooping header after good work from Jaime Peters, and turned another half-chance wide.
Peters grabbed Ipswich's second six minutes before the break, finishing from 16-yards after a fine piece of individual skill.
Ed Upson made it three as the break loomed when he nodded in from a Matt Richards cross.
Bury settled in the second half with substitute keeper Garnham making a good save from Billy Clarke and later Jack Ainsley.
The friendly spirit evaporated five minutes from time when young keeper Lewis Ward left Steve Bugg with a gashed shin with a full-blooded challenge rushing out of goal for which the ref gave a throw-in.
Bury Town: Greygoose (Garnham, 46) Hipperson (Nunn, 62) Sloots, Steward (Chaplin, 46) Johnson (Bugg, 62 - Shaw, 86) Horlock, Bullard (Thompson) Smith, Horlock (Piggott, 70) S Reed (Walker, 62) Barratt, L Reed (Foster, 46).
Ipswich Town XI: Supple, Richards (Clemo, 57), Green, Trotter (Reason, 57), Watson, Smith, Peters (Robinson, 67) Upson (Daniels, 67) Clarke (Ainsley, 67) Bowditch (Murphy, 67) Roberts (Lambe, 57)