Town victory marred by injury scare

Ipswich Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 4IPSWICH cruised into the final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup with an emphatic 4-1 win at Ipswich Wanderers last night.

By Derek Davis

Ipswich Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 4

IPSWICH cruised into the final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup with an emphatic 4-1 win at Ipswich Wanderers last night.

The victory was marred by a worrying neck injury to striker Jordan Rhodes, sustained in a collision with Wanderers keeper Jamie Stannard. Rhodes was taken to the nearby Ipswich Hospital as a precaution, with father Andy, Town's goalkeeping coach with him. The game was held up for 10 minutes following the injury to Rhodes.

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The Blues will meet the winners of the clash between Leiston and Newmarket, who meet on neutral ground at Felixstowe next week, after easing their way past the Ridgeons League side on a testing Humber Doucy Lane pitch.

Liam Trotter snatched the first two goals with Billy Clarke and Luke Webster giving the Blues a 4-0 half-time lead.

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Dean Tournay-Godfrey pulled one back for Wanderers on the hour, in front of an estimated 600 crowd.

In a lively start, former Colchester United and well-travelled non-league striker Gary Bennett tested Shane Supple with a shot across goal, but the keeper was down well and Danny Smy had a good effort for Wanderers early on.

Supple tipped a Smy cross-cum-shot over the bar as Wanderers made up in effort for what they lacked in quality.

Fabian Wilnis headed over the bar from a Sammy Moore corner before the Blues found the breakthrough on 11 minutes. Town made their quality count as Trotter made a run through the middle. The midfielder, who spent a loan spell at Millwall earlier this season, played a one-two with Clarke on the edge of the area before finishing.

Trotter made it two after Jamie Stannard made an outstanding double save from first Moore and then Sito.

Clarke showed quick feet to beat the keeper four minutes later and Webster, who is due to join Yeovil Town, cut in from the left flank before netting on the stroke of half time.

A subdued Town struggled for fluency in the second half after Rhodes' injury and Wanderers hit back with a fine low finish from Tournay-Godfrey as they hit Town on the break.

Wilnis showed no ill-effects from his recent injury woes and played the full 90 minutes.

He was one of five Town players in action last night who have first-team experience.

Richard Naylor, who was due to play did not pass fit, as he tries to come back from a bruised toe.

Ipswich Wanderers: Stannard, Cunningham, Bell, Goldfinch, Shade (Taylor, 46) Lowe, Hide, Smy (Francis, 70) Owen, Bennett (Banya 46) and Godfrey. Sub not used: Adams,

Ipswich Town: Supple, Sito (C Williams) Robinson, Moore, Wilnis, Fenn, Trotter, Reason, Clarke (Tooms) Rhodes (Boto 48) and Webster. Subs not used: Plummer and Nimmo.

Referee: Richard Beever.

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