Ipswich Town hit AFC Sudbury for six

Action from AFC Sudbury v Ipswich Town XI. AFC Sudbury No 7 (C) Sam Clarke battles in midfield with Ipswich's Gunnar Thorsteinsen. Picture: Ben Carmichael
Action from AFC Sudbury v Ipswich Town XI. AFC Sudbury No 7 (C) Sam Clarke battles in midfield with Ipswich's Gunnar Thorsteinsen. Picture: Ben Carmichael

A STRONG Ipswich Town Reserves side comprehensively beat AFC Sudbury 6-1 at The MEL Group Stadium on Wednesday night in a friendly game which saw Blues’ manager Paul Jewell mingling with fans in the stand.

Ipswich took the lead after 17 minutes with Nathan Ellington’s left foot shot on the turn before AFC fans were treated to a champagne moment when new striker Lee Boylan cheekily chipped Arran Lee-Barrett just after the half hour mark.

But despite Boylan going close again with a long range effort moments later, it was the Tractor Boys who stepped up through the gears, but only after a Michael Shinn back header gifted Ronan Murray the first of two goals inside two minutes.

The scoreline soon became 4-1 just two minutes into the second half, with the impressive Byron Lawrence scoring the first of two goals, his first deflected off James Smith and his second sliding in Ellington’s low cross on 54 minutes.

Livewire Boylan headed against the top of the bar from a Shinn corner in a rare clear-cut opportunity for the Yellows after 75 minutes.

But there was one goal still to come though from a second string side managed by Ipswich coach Sean McCarthy, with Town substitute Mark Timlin scoring with his first involvement in the match, a simple tap in from close range.

Ipswich manager Jewell posed for pictures with fans at the final whistle and waited patiently on the side of the pitch to wish the AFC Sudbury players good luck for the season ahead.

* FOR a full report and pictures, including Paul Jewell’s thoughts on his night in Sudbury, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.