Town come out on top

DARRYL Knights netted twice as Ipswich comfortably secured their place in the second round of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Dellwood Avenue last night.

By Mel Henderson

SUFFOLK PREMIER CUP

Felixstowe & Walton United 1

Ipswich Town Reserves 3


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DARRYL Knights netted twice as Ipswich comfortably secured their place in the second round of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Dellwood Avenue last night.

But the real winners were the hosts as they celebrated a welcome windfall thanks to a significantly larger-than-average crowd of 738.

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Sammy Moore, who recently made his senior debut for Sunderland, set the ball rolling with a 26th-minute opener.

There was an element of luck about it, since the energetic midfielder's crisp, low drive, was deflected past wrong-footed keeper Lawrence Leggett.

The same applied to the young Town side's second goal when Knights mis-hit Dean Bowditch's right-wing cross and again Leggett was confused as the ball trundled into the net.

Just a minute later Felixstowe hit back when Town keeper Andrew Plummer hit his clearance straight to Danny Phillips, who controlled the ball before curling it into the empty net.

Nine minutes into the second half, Ipswich extended their lead when Bowditch centred from the left and Knights scored the best goal of the game with a deft flick into the far corner.

That there were no further goals was, in the main, due to some impressive saves from home keeper Leggett.

He denied substitute Jordan Rhodes, Moore, and Scott Barron as the visitors turned up the heat on the gallant part-timers.

The pick of them all came right at the end when Martin Brittain cut in from the right and Leggett produced a stunning flying save at the expense of a corner.

Ipswich also struck the woodwork through Rhodes and Scott Barron, whose effort was pushed onto the far post by the keeper.

Despite Ipswich's obvious superiority, the margin of victory might have been even more slender, had Felixstowe taken the rare opportunities that came their way.

Dwayne Edwards scuffed one chance and a net-bound header from a corner was cleared off the line by Jai Reason.

n Ipswich new-boy Ian Miller will today have stitches inserted in a forehead gash picked up in an accidental clash of heads with fellow defender James Krause.

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