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Wayne’s brace helps fire Tractor Girls through

Ipswich Town celebrate Zoe Cossey's opener against Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSON

Ipswich Town celebrate Zoe Cossey's opener against Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSON

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FA WNL Plate Second Round

Ipswich Town 4

C&K Basildon 2

Ipswich Town Women continued a recent run of good form against C&K Basildon, finding themselves at the right end of a six-goal thriller against the higher-placed team and into the third round of the plate thanks to a fantastic first-half performance, writes Katy Sandalls.

Ipswich Town Women huddle before their plate win over Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSONIpswich Town Women huddle before their plate win over Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSON

It was a quick start from both teams, with each side getting a number of early chances. But it was Town’s Zoe Cossey who opened the scoring with a mid-range shot 15 minutes in.

Town thought they had scored a second 15 minutes later when another shot got close to the line but, despite calls from the Town bench, the referee ruled no goal.

The Tractor Girls didn’t have to wait long for their next goal, however, as only minutes later Natasha Thomas doubled Town’s lead.

Natasha Thomas drives forward for Ipswich. Picture: AMY GILSONNatasha Thomas drives forward for Ipswich. Picture: AMY GILSON

And a brace from Toni Wayne in the space of two minutes just before the whistle helped the Tractor Girls ease to a comfortable 4-0 scoreline at the break.

Town started the second half brightly with Thomas and Wayne both getting close to increasing their respective tallies.

It wasn’t to be, however, as Town goalkeeper Sian Fagg was forced into a series of tight saves as Basildon started a late attack on goal.

Mollie DeBell on the ball for Ipswich Town. Picture: AMY GILSONMollie DeBell on the ball for Ipswich Town. Picture: AMY GILSON

In total there were over 10 minutes of extra-time added to the second half after three separate incidents saw Basildon players requiring treatment.

The extra injury time gave Basildon the opportunity to put two late goals past Town, with Raquel Murray and Gemma Abela bringing the final score to 4-2, the final strike of which came in the 11 minute of extra time.

Speaking after the match Town boss Carla Dickinson said she had mixed feelings about the result: “I think we were pleased with the score line being 4-0 up. However, I don’t think 4-2 was a reflection of the game.

Natasha Thomas celebrates her goal for Ipswich Town against Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSONNatasha Thomas celebrates her goal for Ipswich Town against Basildon. Picture: AMY GILSON

“We were happy with the win but the score line could have been better.”

The Tractor Girls now travel to local rivals Ipswich Wanderers this weekend for the first round of the Suffolk County Cup.

Paul Lambert has challenged Teddy Bishop to make his mark as the midfielder continues his bid for fitness following three injury-hit seasons.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski discussed being left out of the team by former boss Paul Hurst, new coach Jimmy Walker and Paul Lambert’s positive impact when he spoke to the media this afternoon.

Paul Lambert sees Janoi Donacien as a central defender.

Paul Lambert has confirmed Jordan Graham is no longer in his plans at Ipswich Town with the winger’s loan set to be cut short in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has told owner Marcus Evans that he believes defender Jonas Knudsen is worthy of a new contract.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the Friday night clash with West Bromwich Albion, and discussed the importance of the club’s fans creating a rocking Portman Road atmosphere as they try to escape the drop zone.

Mick McCarthy is the early favourite for vacant Republic of Ireland job following the departure of both Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we look back to David Gregory scoring a hat-trick as Town progressed to the next round of the League Cup.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is impressed with what he’s seen of the Blues’ academy during his early weeks of his reign.

Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

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