Downes starts, Bishop absent and Chirewa scores in U23s win

Flynn Downes pictures in the pre-match warm up.

Championship clubs Bournemouth, Peterborough and Barnsley have all shown interest in Ipswich Town midfielder Flynn Downes.

Bournemouth transfer target Flynn Downes started in Ipswich Town's Under-23s win at Needham Market tonight, with Lincoln bound Teddy Bishop not involved.

Downes was left out of the U23s' draw at Bury Town last week after the Cherries made a move, but with those talks having stalled he was given his first run out of the summer at Bloomfields this evening.

Championship clubs Barnsley and Peterborough have also shown interest in the former England U19 international.

Bishop, meanwhile, was left out ahead of his impending move to fellow League One side Lincoln City.

Myles Kenlock, Kayden Jackson and Brett McGavin - all among the senior players instructed by manager Paul Cook to start pre-season training with Kieron Dyer's 23s - also started at Needham, as did striker Ben Morris following his long road to recovery from two serious knee injuries.

Town won the game 1-0 as substitute Tawanda Chirewa scored a fine goal from outside the box, just as he had done at Dartford recently.

Downes, Kenlock, Jackson and McGavin were all subbed off during the second half.

TOWN U23 TEAM: Bort; Agbaje, Smith, Baggott, Kenlock; McGavin, Downes, Crane, Page; Jackson, Morris. Subs used: Valentine, Chirewa, Cutbush, Stephenson, Bradshaw, Barbrook, Bello