Ipswich Town Ladies go third with hard-fought win over Actonians

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One Ipswich Town 1 Actonians 0 Ipswich Town Ladies dug deep to earn all three points against Actonians, with Roxy Small scoring the winner in the second half, writes Ethan Turner.

The first half didn’t really consist of many meaningful chances. Actonains had a free-kick that floated just over the Town goal, with Ipswich’s Amanda Crump doing the same.

The home side had the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes. A neat corner led to a scramble in the Actonians area, but the ball was eventually cleared away as Ipswich struggled to fire home.

The second half looked more promising for both sides, with the game beginning to open up slightly. It was the visitors who had the ball in the back of net first, although it was ruled out.

In the 67th minute Town’s defence was suddenly carved open, but thankfully the goal was chalked off for offside. The visitors also came close a few minutes later, as a shot flashed wide of the Blues’ post.

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant


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The deadlock was finally broken by Ipswich. A fantastic cross from substitute Sophie Welton found the head of Roxy Small at the back post, as she climbed above the defender.

But the visitors were immediately back threatening. Sian Fagg managing to pull off a cracking diving save as the ball headed towards the top corner.

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

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Despite their slender lead, Ipswich had plenty of chances to put the game out of sight, in the remaining stages.

Amanda Crump had a lovely timed shot tipped over the bar, and it was the captain again who had the opportunity to double the lead, but poked the ball both past the Actonians’ keeper, and the far post.

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

The Blues did enough to hold on though, and took three points which sees them well-placed at third in the league.

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Town XI: Fagg, Ball, Cage (Petley), Cooper, Arnoup, Small, Craddock, Crump (c), Cossey, Downey, Campbell (S Welton).

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HAL

Ipswich Town players Cassie Craddock and Miagh Downey celebrate Roxy Small's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

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