Gallery: Town finish tour with Den Bosch win

GOALS from Tommy Smith, Jason Scotland and Tamas Priskin secured Ipswich Town a 3-1 win over Dutch second tier side FC Den Bosch.

IPSWICH Town secured a second successive two-goal margin of victory in Holland last night – but this time it was a far sterner test.

The Blues enjoyed an utterly dominant spell just before half-time and would have had more to show than goals from Tommy Smith and Jason Scotland had it not been for a superb display by the FC Den Bosch keeper.

The hosts, who will push hard for a return to the Dutch top-flight next season, were much-improved after the break though and threatened to stage a comeback when Daan von Dinter pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time.

Tamas Priskin’s crisp finish from the edge of the box three minutes from time meant it was a comfortable finish, but this was

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undoubtedly a harder work out for Paul Jewell’s men than their 2-0 win over FC Eindhoven on Tuesday.

Led on by the excellent Scotland in the first half, Smith bulleted home a headed opener from Leadbitter’s corner in the 22nd minute.

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Only a superb display from home keeper Kevin Begois then prevented the lead being extended as the Belgian saved an impressive

Michael Chopra angled effort, blocked a fierce Scotland shot and twice beat away fine long-range Leadbitter shots.

There was little he could do to stop Scotland finally doubling Town’s advantage in the 42nd minute though, a cool finish from

close range after an excellent touch and lay-off from new midfield signing Lee Bowyer.

There was a shift of momentum after the restart as the rain came down hard.

Town were handed a major let-off in the 65th minute when Smith’s blind backpass left two home strikers in the clear. After a cutback left Jeffrey Vlug with an open net, he inexplicably delayed his shot to allow Fulop to recover and save.

The Dutch side then deservedly halved their deficit in the 75th minute when Fulop failed to come for a corner to leave Daan van

Dinter to finish from close range.

Priskin’s excellent finish killed off any chance of a comeback as Ipswich took another valuable step towards fitness.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Fulop; Edwards (Ainsley 46), Smith, Delaney, Kennedy (Cresswell 64); Martin (Drury 64), Bowyer (Healy

46), Leadbitter, Carson; Scotland (Ellington 46), Chopra (Priskin 64).

Unused Subs: Lee-Barratt; Hyam, Hourihane, Civelli, Peters.

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