Clark provides Town spark in cup

BILLY Clark was today challenged to produce more of the same after lighting up Portman Road with two spectacular goals last night.

Nick Garnham

BILLY Clark was today challenged to produce more of the same after lighting up Portman Road with two spectacular goals last night.

Clark's superb free kick in first-half injury time and cool finish just after the hour saw a youthful Ipswich Town Reserve side sweep aside Ridgeons League opponents Haverhill Rovers 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the LB Group Suffolk Premier Cup.

Coach Bryan Klug, in charge of the team who are still all eligible to play at youth team level, said: “Billy showed what he can do, but he has got to do it more often.


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“We are trying to get him to do that as well as work hard, and he did both tonight, but he needs to do more as the season goes on.”

The 18-year-old Ipswich-born midfielder, who used to attend the town's Northgate High School, caught the eye as Klug's young charges progressed to the semi-finals of the competition.

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Klug said: “It was good experience for them to play at Portman Road - these lads don't get the chance to play here often - and everyone enjoyed it.”

Canadian-born centre forward Caolan Lavery, who has only just turned 17, was also on target twice, and drew praise from Klug.

“He is only just starting his football education. Because of his background he is playing catch-up, but he has a terrific attitude and is a hard-working kid.”

Klug also apologised to visitors Haverhill over the sending off of Reggie Lambe.

The Bermudian international was rightly shown a straight red card by referee Carl Fitch for stamping on Stuart Kingham in the first half.

Klug said: “It was totally out of context with the rest of the game, and we would like to apologise to Haverhill because they came here and played in the right way and passed the ball around very well.

“It was unlike Reggie to do that as it is not in his nature.”

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