Jamie on Hand to secure draw

JAMIE Hand's late penalty secured a deserved 1-1 draw for Glenn Pennyfather's Clarets against a youthful Ipswich Town side in a pulsating friendly at Melbourne last night.

JAMIE Hand's late penalty secured a deserved 1-1 draw for Glenn Pennyfather's Clarets against a youthful Ipswich Town side in a pulsating friendly at Melbourne last night.

City's Jason Hallett had the first real chance of an entertaining first period, latching onto a ball between defenders before striking low and straight at goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin.

Chelmsford's main threat throughout the half was winger Ricky Holmes, and on 18 minutes he dribbled down the left and sent a cross into the Town area which caused panic until Dave Rainford blasted over.

Holmes was involved again around the half-hour, carrying the ball from his own half and supplied Rainford again to guide a header over.


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Either side of the break Ipswich made a greater impact on the game, trialist forward Carlos Munoz nearly finishing a tidy move with an arrowed long ranger then the visitors grabbed the lead on 52 minutes, a ball over the top finding Ronan Murray who raced though and beat the advancing Chelmsford 'keeper Craig Holloway.

With 68 minutes played a rasping, driven free-kick from Danny Bunce threatened to equalise, forcing McLoughlin into a splendid save.

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Ipswich then quickly broke and rattled the foot of the post. But when Holmes was tripped in the box in injury time, Hand confidently dispatched the spot-kick to level.

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