Town see off Kettering

Kettering 1 Ipswich 3ALTHOUGH they struggled for a while Ipswich Town's superior numbers and fitness finally secured them an unconvincing win at Kettering Town.

By Derek Davis

Kettering 1 Ipswich 3

ALTHOUGH they struggled for a while Ipswich Town's superior numbers and fitness finally secured them an unconvincing win at Kettering Town.

The Blues victory was owed much to a corking couple of goals from George O'Callaghan and Billy Clarke.

Dubliner Michael Synnott joined the duo from Cork on the scoresheet to make it a night of joy from the boys from Eire.

Although Town had the better of the early play, the Blue Square Premier League side went ahead after some slack defensive play and decent finishing.

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Craig Westcarr, whose biggest claim to fame is he is still Nottingham Forest's youngest-ever first team player, stunned the Blues on the half-hour with a goal in a rare attack.

Westcarr held off Alex Bruce before turning to beat Lewis Price from 16 yards.

Ipswich made six changes at half-time and 10 minutes into the second half, equalised after George O'Callaghan poked the ball in at the second attempt.

Moments earlier the livewire O'Callaghan had a penalty appealed turned down after he appeared to be tripped on a surge into the area.

Billy Clarke got a much-needed goal with a sharp turn and finish on 70 minutes and two minutes later laid off the ball for Michael Synnott to hit a pile-driver from the edge of the area.

The versatile Fabian Wilnis showed he had got over a thigh strain, while Richard Naylor played his first football since bruising a toe almost three months ago.

Gary Roberts got a 20-minute run out but Sylvain Legwinski was not risked.

Pablo Counago met up with the Blues squad and listened into the team talk before watching from the stands.

Also in the crowd was Gavin Williams who had travelled up separately to watch Ipswich as he makes steady progress after a groin operation.

Ipswich played the first ever floodlit game at Rockingham Road in 1960 when Sir Alf Ramsey took a side littered with stars that were to go on and claim their one and only league championship title.

The wooden terracing went in 1974 and the 'new' stand is showing sign of wear as highlighted when the stewards moved the visiting Ipswich dignitaries, including Counago, David Sheepshanks and manger Jim Magilton from their section of seating as it had been placed out of bounds by health and safety officials.

Teams - Kettering Town: Belford, Dempster, Jaszczun, Graham, Kemp, Solkhon, Hall, Makofo, Lloyd, Rawle, Westcarr. Second half subs: Marna, Bridges, Spencer, Burton, A Trialist. Caskey, Bussey.

Ipswich Town first half: Price, Wright, Harding, Garvan, De Vos, Bruce, Sito, Moore, Lee, Walters, Haynes. Second half: Supple, Wilnis, Naylor, Synnott, O'Callaghan, Richards, Casement, Clarke, Rhodes, Trotter.

Referee: Andy Woolmer. Attendance: 629.

derek.davis@archant.

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