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EH Vintage Cup Borders Vets 0 Ipswich Vets 4 Ipswich made the long trip to Cockermouth in Cumbria in the over 50s cup and were very pleased to return with what turned out to be a very good victory.

EH Vintage Cup

Borders Vets 0 Ipswich Vets 4

Ipswich made the long trip to Cockermouth in Cumbria in the over 50s cup and were very pleased to return with what turned out to be a very good victory.

For the first ten minutes the Ipswich defence were pinned back in their own half and the Borders right winger was beating players at will. Gradually Hampton worked out how to deal with him and Ipswich then began to find their feet in the attacking half.


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Ipswich gained their first penalty corner and, with a well rehearsed routine, Glading slipped the ball to Hauxwell to score. The visitors then stunned Borders as they increased the lead at their second penalty corner, this time Crane slotting home.

Ipswich were enjoying a period of dominance and as the home support cheered on their team they fell silent as Ipswich notched up their third. A pass from deep found Glading on the 25 yard line and he beat several players before delivering a pin point pass for Hauxwell to slot home his second.

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After the break Borders were determined to make a game of it but came up against a mean defence that have conceded less than ten goals all season. Steed, playing with a cold, never put a foot wrong; Wrinch, despite ending up on his back, gave his centre forward no chances; while birthday boy Gray was his usual calm self at the back. Steward made a few routine saves and organised the defence in his usual way.

Midway through the half Ipswich made the game save. Whetton, breaking forward from midfield, was too strong for the defence as he beat several players before finding a neat pass to Glading, who beat the keeper at the top of the circle and calmly rattled the ball home.

As the home team tired Ipswich totally dominated the final ten minutes. Crane and Sampson attacked almost at will, creating numerous chances that were saved or flew narrowly wide. A penalty corner strike from Youngman went wide much to the relief of Ipswich.

Ipswich now find themselves in the quarter final draw for the second year. The Suffolk side would like to compliment the Borders team on their excellent hospitality and sportsmanship and also the two superb umpires who did not put a foot wrong.

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