Roberts shines for Town reserves

Pontins Holidays CombinationIpswich Res 2 Peterborough Res 0GARY Roberts may have been left out in the cold by first team manager Jim Magilton but he sparkled on the frozen wastes that were the training ground at Playford Road yesterday afternoon as Town beat their Peterborough counterparts.

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Ipswich Res 2 Peterborough Res 0

GARY Roberts may have been left out in the cold by first team manager Jim Magilton but he sparkled on the frozen wastes that were the training ground at Playford Road yesterday afternoon as Town beat their Peterborough counterparts.

Playing up front with Academy striker Paul Murphy, Roberts kept himself busy. He won a penalty on the half-hour under the combined challenge of keeper Shwan Jalal and defender Tom Williams, who was eventually booked for his constant use of the word 'embarrassing' to the referee.

Roberts sent the keeper the wrong way with the spot kick and a couple of minutes from time played a part in Town's second goal as he played in Kurt Robinson, who crossed for Jaime Peters to tuck away.

The blustery conditions didn't help either team but it was Town, with so many first team players involved, who showed why they are unbeaten and top the table.

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Richard Naylor held together a strong back line with Tommy Smith venturing forward to get well above everyone else but headed wide from a corner.

Dan Harding got forward to good effect, curling in one delightful ball in particular that deserved a better finish.

Academy striker Murphy showed good vision but was unfortunate with a chip that landed on the roof of the net and forced a decent save from Peterborough's Iraqi keeper.

George O'Callaghan was orchestrating play from deep midfield, helped at different times by Jai Reason, Ed Upson and Michael Synnott in the middle.

With Chris Casement defending stoutly too, skipper Shane Supple didn't have a lot to do in goal but was grateful to see Josh Low wildly hit over the bar after he had spilled a powerful effort from Billy Crook.

Stevenage boss Peter Taylor was there in his wellies and may look to relieve Magilton of a couple of players on loan from his over-full squad.

Former Town defender Scott Mitchell was full-back for Peterborough, while Posh owner Barry Fry was also at Playford Road.

Funnily enough there was no sign of Town owner Marcus Evans.

Yesterday's line-ups

Ipswich Town Reserves: Supple, Casement, Harding, O'Callaghan, Smith, Naylor, Peters, Upson (Reason, 46) Roberts, Murphy (C Williams, 65) and Synnott (Robinson, 28). Subs not used: Plummer and Ainsley.

Peterborough United: Jalal, Mitchell, Williams, Gaughran, Gnakpa, Smith, Crook, Keates, Low, Howe and Hatch. Subs not used: Jirabandy, Reed, Lyons and McKeown.

Referee: Andy Woolmer.