Red hot Blues see off Bury

RUTHLESS Ipswich romped to a three-goal half-time lead but, as is usually the way in these early pre-season games, the second half lacked the same edge and there were substitutions galore.

Derek Davis

RUTHLESS Ipswich romped to a three-goal half-time lead but, as is usually the way in these early pre-season games, the second half lacked the same edge and there were substitutions galore.

It was the first public showing of Ipswich's new red kit with the owner's name on the front and a crowd of 945 turned out on a damp night to see the friendly owed to Bury as part of the deal that took Ian Miller to Portman Road two years ago.

Ostensibly a reserve side, although seven of the starting XI have played in Ipswich's first team. This was Chris Kiwomya's first good look at those challenging the senior side which will be on display at Brentford tomorrow..

Triallist Adam Green, who was at Woking last season, was given 90 minutes and a decision is likely to be made on him today.

Former Ipswich players Kevin Horlock and Gavin Johnson were included in the Bury side, who blooded their new keeper Marcus Garnham after the break.

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With three minutes gone, Dean Bowditch hit a delicate chip which came back off the crossbar after three minutes The attacker made sure midway through the first half when he dinked the ball over the stranded Dean Greygoose to give Ipswich the lead.

He turned provider moments later but Gary Roberts' first touch let him down. This came after he had also missed with a stooping header after good work from Jaime Peters.

Peters grabbed Ipswich's second six minutes before the break, finishing from 16-yards after a fine piece of skill.

Ed Upson made it three as the break loomed when he nodded in from a Matt Richards cross. Bury settled in the second half with substitute keeper Garnham making a good save from Billy Clarke and later from Jack Ainsley.

The friendly spirit evaporated five minutes from time when young keeper Lewis Ward left Steve Bugg with a gashed shin with a full-blooded challenge, rushing out of goal, for which the ref gave a throw-in.

Magilton said afterwards that he was satisifed with the work-out and the wet conditions suited Ipswich better because of their pre-season conditioning but would not talk about any impending transfers.

Teams - Bury Town: Greygoose (Garnham, 46) Hipperson (Nunn, 62) Sloots, Steward (Chaplin, 46) Johnson (Bugg, 62 - Shaw, 86) Horlock, Bullard (Thompson) Smith, Horlock (Piggott, 70) S Reed (Walker, 62) Barratt, L Reed (Foster, 46).

Ipswich Town XI: Supple (Lewis 46), Richards (Clemo, 57), Green, Trotter (Reason, 57), Watson, Smith, Peters (Robinson, 67) Upson (Daniels, 67) Clarke (Ainsley, 67) Bowditch (Murphy, 67) Roberts (Lambe, 57)