Town show their youthful pedigree

IPSWICH TOWN: The Under-18 side has remained unbeaten against two top London clubs.

In front of a large crowd at Playford Road they fought out an entertaining goalless draw against Chelsea.

Both teams fielded young sides with David October making his first start for Town while Chelsea’s 16-year-old Nathanial Chalobah had been on the bench for the Londoners Champions League match against Marseille.

Caolan Lavery fired narrowly wide and then had a fierce shot tipped around the post, but once again he lacked support up front.

Josh Carson crashed a free kick against the Chelsea post with keeper Blackman beaten. Out of the blue, Chelsea’s Anton Rogers was sent off for serious dissent but despite a lively end to the game, neither side was able to snatch a winner.

Josh Meekings, surrounded by young players, had a terrific game in the heart of the Town defence.

Ipswich: Cropper, Acott, October, Jones, Meekings, Maduako, Winter, Scotcher, Lavery, Carson, Tiofack. Substitutes: Brandon, O’Donnell, Lawrence, Simmons

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The U16’s took the days’ honours with a great 3-1 win over their Chelsea counterparts.

Seven days later Town travelled to West Ham and came back with a 2-1 victory under their belts.

Diminutive striker Byron Lawrence scored both goals that earned an improbable win with seven of the usual side unavailable.

Ipswich fielded almost certainly their youngest ever U-18 side and apart from Meekings, the other rest totalled just 45 appearances between them!

After 33 minutes Lawrence beat his marker with a superb turn before bursting forward and striking a brilliant shot from just outside the box which Hammers keeper Cowler never saw.

After the break with a strong wind behind them, West Ham fought back and Cody Cropper made a fine save to keep Town ahead.

Lawrence tapped in a second goal against the run of play and Blair Turgott reduced the areas Town held out in what was a great display that bodes well for the future of the club.

Next Saturday Southampton are the visitors to Playford Road with a noon kick-off

Ipswich: Cropper, Whight, Acott, Jones, Meekings, Maduako, Winter, Scotcher, Tiofack, Lawrence, Simmons.

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