Mowbray to field strong team at Town

IPSWICH Town are set to face stiff opposition for the first time this pre-season when they entertain West Brom at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

IPSWICH Town are set to face stiff opposition for the first time this pre-season when they entertain West Brom at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The midlanders, who were promoted to the Premier League last May but have still to confirm a main sponsor for this term, are to field a near full-strength side.

Baggies manager Tony Mowbray is a former player, coach and caretaker manager at the Blues, and he said today: “For the first time this summer I am planning to field somewhere close to a first team line-up.

“It will be a good playing surface, and Ipswich are a good team to play. The club's reputation for passing the ball around has been carried on by current manager Jim Magilton.

“It will be an attractive game to watch. I have great memories of Portman Road, at a wonderful club made up of friendly people.”

Magilton will also be sending out a strong side - and one that could include new signing Kevin Lisbie for the first time.

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Pim Balkestein is due to remain at left back after an impressive show at Gillingham on Wednesday.