Ipswich Wanderers’ manager delighted with FA Cup win against Hoddesdon Town

Ipswich Wanderers entertain Hoddesdon Town in the FA Cup on Saturday at Humber Doucy Lane
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Ipswich Wanderers entertain Hoddesdon Town in the FA Cup on Saturday at Humber Doucy Lane Supporters celebrate the final whistle - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Wanderers manager Glenn Read praised his key men at each end of the pitch as the Humber Doucy Lane outfit set up an away draw at Wingate & Finchley in the next round of the FA Cup, following a 2-1 home win against Hoddesdon.

Goalkeeper Jack Spurling, 19, made a number of impressive stops, while scorer of the first goal, Craig Jennings, worked tirelessly on his own in attack.

“I am very satisfied to get through to the next round and an away game at Wingate & Finchley, which will be a real test,” said Read.

“We defended well, especially in the second half, when we started dropping deeper and deeper and tried catching them on the counter-attack.

“Jack (Spurling) in goal was very commanding of his back four.


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“He’s only 19 and we got him from Woodbridge. He is a tall lad who likes to come for crosses, which helps the team.

“He is a very confident lad and I am very pleased. He is a good find for us and he is still improving.”

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As for Jennings, Read said his striker was charged with a different role to normal after watching the visitors play in midweek.

“We had someone watch Hoddesdon’s game in midweek and we thought their captain, (Barrington) Brotherton was their playmaker,” Read added.

“We changed our formation to suit that and Craig was up top on his own. He is that sort of lad and worked hard for his rewards to be fair.

“We played a 4-2-3-1 formation which allowed our wide players some space and all in all it was a good result.

“The win brings more money into the club and hopefully we can keep the run going.”

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