Civelli plays first game in Town colours

THIS is the sight Ipswich Town fans have been waiting for… new �1m signing Luciano Civelli PLAYING in a Blues shirt.

IPSWICH Town's new Argentinean winger finally got his first taste of match action in public today when he played for an hour in the reserves' 9-2 thrashing of Colchester United.

Civelli, a January transfer window capture from Banfield, had to brave a chilly, windy and wet Playford Road and took the precaution of wearing a pair of pale blue gloves.

The left-sided player has not figured in Town's first team due to his lack of match fitness, but was given a good work-out against the U's.

While Civelli was the centre of attention, it was Dean Bowditch who stole the show by bagging four goals.

Defender Moritz Volz put in a full 90 minutes on his way back from a groin injury. Liam Trotter and Matt Richards were also in action.

Town had to come from behind after U's took the lead from the penalty spot after quarter of an hour. And it was a penalty kick which saw Town level ten minutes later. Bowditch converted after Danny Haynes was felled in the box.

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His second goal came in quick succession after a pass from Haynes.

Blues were 5-1 up at half-time after Ben Thatcher's goal was followed by two more from Bowditch.

Haynes netted twice, including a penalty, to take the score to 7-1 within eight minutes of the interval.

It was Civelli's replacement, Nathan Ralph who completed the scoring for the Blues.

Colchester got their second through Adam Bailey-Dennis just past the hour mark