Ipswich Town v Sheffield United nostalgia: Gregory scores first half hat-trick in Blues win
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In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look back to when unsung striker Neil Gregory scored a first half hat-trick as Ipswich Town beat Sheffield United 3-1 at Portman Road in March 1997...
Loaned out to Torquay before Christmas and a long way down the list of manager George Burley’s preferred strikers, Neil Gregory took his chances when given an opportunity, scoring a first-half hat-trick at Portman Road in March 1997.
He bagged his first goal after 19 seconds and added a second in the 11th minute. On both occasions the Blades’ defence was caught woefully square as Gregory streaked away to finish decisively past United keeper Simon Tracey.
The visitors began to find their own spaces in attack and were back in it in the 21st minute, as Jan Fjortoft punished a badly misdirected header by Steve Sedgley to score from a testing angle.
However, they continued to look vulnerable to Gregory’s pace, and his hat-trick came in the 37th minute after another incisive through-ball from Paul Mason.
Town XI: R Wright (GK). Stockwell, Taricco, Vaughan, Swailes, Williams, Uhlenbeek, Sedgley, Gregory, Scowcroft (Milton), Mason (Dyer). Attendance: 10,374.
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