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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Welham leads Ipswich to third straight win

PUBLISHED: 14:38 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 05 November 2018

Harriet Welham scored 29 points in the win over Birmingham. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Harriet Welham scored 29 points in the win over Birmingham. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

WNBL Division One

Ipswich 93

Team Birmingham Elite 65

Ipswich made it three wins on the bounce with a comprehensive performance against a strong Birmingham team.

The Ipswich bench celebrate more good play at Copleston. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAThe Ipswich bench celebrate more good play at Copleston. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Birmingham, who a week earlier had pushed early pace setters Bristol all the way to the final buzzer, came to Suffolk with good reason to feel confident.

However, Ipswich raced out of the blocks with 15-year-old Cameron Taylor-Willis setting the tone at both ends of the floor. Ipswich controlled the game at both ends of the court, winning the first quarter 24-13 and extending that to 44-23 at the half.

After the interval, with the game all but over, Ipswich head coach Nick Drane was able to rest some of his starters and give extended playing time to some of the teams less experienced players.

Phoebe Colton and Nicole Aston both took advantage of that opportunity while the usual suspects continued to do damage for the hosts. Ipswich would wind up winning the game 93-65. Harriet Welham didn’t slow down her scoring, with 29 points while Esther Little recorded her first triple double of the season with 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists.

Teenager Cameron Taylor-Willis was superb for Ipswich in their win over Birmingham. Picture: PAVEL KRICKATeenager Cameron Taylor-Willis was superb for Ipswich in their win over Birmingham. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Taylor-Willis finished the game in double figures again with 12 while Charlotte Redhead continued her hot shooting streak with another impressive 20 points off the bench.

Drane said: “I was delighted with the way we played today. Everyone made a contribution which is always great and I was really impressed with our execution, something we have put a lot of focus on in recent week’s.

“Since Becky’s return I feel like we have found another gear – he athletic ability and tenacity on defence has given us another dimension.”

Ipswich now travel to Loughborough twice in the next two weeks, next week in league play before they return to the Midlands on the 18th for the National Cup quarter final.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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