Successes away from Portman Road

Ipswich Town youngsters do not always end up plying their trade at Portman Road, writes David Vincent.Former Ipswich Town academy star Darren Ambrose is having to wait to progress to regular first-team appearances at Newcastle.

Ipswich Town youngsters do not always end up plying their trade at Portman Road, writes David Vincent.

Former Ipswich Town academy star Darren Ambrose is having to wait to progress to regular first-team appearances at Newcastle.

But Town academy director Bryan Klug reckons his time is fast approaching.

Meanwhile with the likes of Darren Bent, Ian Westlake and Matt Richards in the first-team squad at Portman Road, others from the same group are making progress away from Suffolk.


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Defender Lee Beevers is having a good season at Neil Thompson's Boston United where Ipswich Town loanee Chris Hogg is also featuring regularly.

Striker Matt Robinson is hoping to put his injury nightmares behind him and join Bournemouth, where another former Town youngster is already on the staff, Alan Connell.

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Pacy Connell justifiably earned the headlines at the start of last season, after joining the Cherries in the summer, when he hit seven goals in eight games to become the highest scoring teenager in the country.

His season though was wiped out by a serious knee injury, sustained against Leyton Orient, though he is now back and regaining his sharpness in the Bournemouth reserves.

He was joined in the Bournemouth squad against Yeovil by Robinson, a striker or winger whose final year at Town was disrupted when he suffered a broken ankle.

He went on trial at Derby County, before Christmas, and notched a goal against his old team-mates in a reserve game at Portman Road but was not offered a deal.

Then he went on trial at Bournemouth but fell awkwardly in a reserve game and broke and badly dislocated a finger.

He was asked to return for trials when he was over the injury and scored in a 2-2 draw at Yeovil on Wednesday.

Another striker, mercurial Robert Dickinson, from Leeds has a chance to climb back up the football ladder.

He has been offered the chance to move and play in the Republic of Ireland after scoring loads of goals playing Saturday and Sunday football back in Leeds.

And he has now been signed by Unibond League side Farsley Celtic.

Scout Sonny Sweeney, who discovered him and sent him to Town, said: "He is much too good for the level he is playing but he has been working in a factory and playing weekends.

"He has tremendous talent and I am hoping he will be able to bounce back and do more in the game.

"It is such a waste if he does not do so. I am trying to encourage him to do more."

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