Westlake scores but Town pegged back

Ipswich Town surely created a club record when players of 12 nationalities were included in last night's friendly against Z W in Belgium.It was an improved Town display on Monday's match in Holland against Willem II when the English side also managed a 1-1 draw.

By Elvin King

Ipswich Town surely created a club record when players of 12 nationalities were included in last night's friendly against Z W in Belgium.

It was an improved Town display on Monday's match in Holland against Willem II when the English side also managed a 1-1 draw.

Town began with four trialists, and Frenchmen Alex Bertin and Finn Marko Kolsi failed to catch the eye and it remains to be seen whether they will feature in tomorrow's game against Dordrecht in Holland.


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The hot conditions did not help players, with Ipswich substituting all their outfield men apart from Darren Currie with Sam Parkin (foot) and Matt Richards (instep) both hoping to be fit for consideration for tomorrow's match.

Ipswich expected a 7.30pm start but they had to hurry their preparations because the home side were adamant to have a 7pm kick-off.

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And there was confusion over the kit as well with the Belgium's switching late to play in blue so that Town could use their orange change colours that they had brought with them.

Waregem are the Belgium Cup holders and are playing in the Uefa Cup this season and against Anderleicht in the Belgium Super Cup this weekend.

It was a young Ipswich team and an experimental one with four trialists starting the match.

Nathan D'Hacmers should have scored in the 13th minute, but he shot over when unmarked in front of goal.

Lewis Price then made a leaping save from a volley by Cedric Roussel before there was mayhem in the home defence after Danny Haines connected with the keeper when going for a fine pass from Algerian international Menari Medhi.

Tjorven De Brul reacted and Haines pushed him over and was perhaps lucky only to be shown a yellow card.

Marko Kolsi was booked for a foul before Price saved well from De Brul.

Ipswich improved as the half progressed with Medhi looking strong at the back and Haines a lively customer up front.

And they took the lead in the 41st minute when Ian Westlake was unmarked at the far post to plant a header high into the corner of the net from a Darren Currie cross.

The home team levelled in the 56th minute when one of their many substitutes, Aliyo Datti, rolled the ball over the line following a scramble after Price had made a stop on the line.

Seconds after Nicky Forster came on he struck a low effort that was brilliantly saved by the diving Pieter Merlier.

Both goalkeepers made good saves in the final minutes with the lively Billy Clarke being denied following an expert tip over by Merlier.

Ipswich protested because of they thought the Waregem goal was illegal because of handball, but they will be relatively pleased with this run out against a descent foreign side.

SV ZULTE-WAREGEM: Merlier, Minne, Van Nieuwenhuyze, Sergeant, Meert, Roussel, De Brul, Voysse, D'Hacmers, Janssens, D'Haene. Subs: Used in second period: Devlieger, Leleu, Reina, Matthys, Datti.

IPSWICH TOWN: Price, Sito, Medhi, De Vos, Sigurdsson, Currie, Kolsi, Bertin, Westlake, Haines, Bowditch. Subs: Clarke (for Bowditch), Casement (for Sito 52 mins), Barron (for Sigurdsson 56 mins), Skard (for Bertin 64 mins), Forster (for Kolsi 64 mins), Knights (for Haines 64 mins), Wilnes (for De Vos 71 mins), Naylor (for Medhi 71mins), Peters (for Westlake 77mins).

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