Town facing first test against students

IPSWICH Town will be put to the test in their first examination since returning for pre-season training.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town will be put to the test in their first examination since returning for pre-season training.

The Blues end their week at Loughborough University with a match against an English Universities XI tomorrow.

Robbie Simpson, who moved last year from Cambridge United to Coventry City after attracting some interest from Magilton, is a former Universities player now earning a living out of football.

Magilton will be looking on tomorrow when others will be trying to impress - and finding a way back after being discarded by professional clubs as youngsters.

Steve Sharman, assistant director of physical education and sport at the University of Warwick and manager of the English Universities side, said: “It's all about putting my players in the shop window. There are one or two who need to be getting back in the pro game and they will be keen to make an impression.

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“It will obviously be a real test for our boys, but I believe Jim will be pleasantly surprised at the standard of opposition and there are a few players that could take his fancy.”

Sharman picks out Liam Green, Bradley Pritchard and Simon Lynn as three who could make Magilton sit up and take notice.

“This game offers my players a great chance,” added Sharman.

“It's a really big match for us. If one gets taken on this is really what we're all about.”