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RESERVES WIN AT IPSWICH

Posted on 15 November 2005  - 12:00

It was all positives at Portman Road as our reserves got back on the winning trail against Ipswich Town on Monday night.

It was all positives at Portman Road as our reserves got back on the winning trail against Ipswich Town on Monday night.

Clive Allen's young side - six of the starting XI experienced the FA Youth Cup semi-final defeat at the same venue six months ago - bounced back after dominating but somehow losing against Leicester less than a week ago.

Lee Barnard netted twice in the 2-0 win - although Kieran McKenna was initially credited with and later claimed the first goal - Noe Pamarot came through another 90 minutes on his road back from knee surgery, Marcel McKie returned from injury and young striker Andy Barcham made his first start for the reserves this season following injury.

Throw in a classy display from Jamie O'Hara in central midfield, Charlie Lee battling it out against Adam Proudlock and the energy of McKenna and Stuart Lewis and it was a good night in Suffolk.

The opening exchanges suggested it might turn out otherwise though as the home side came flying out of the traps.

Ian Westlake went close inside five minutes before former Sheffield Wednesday striker Proudlock lobbed narrowly wide and then struck the post.

Undetered, we started to get a grip on procedings and forged ahead with 22 minutes on the clock. O'Hara swung in a corner that Ipswich failed to clear and Barnard was credited with the final touch from McKenna's effort for 1-0.

The second goal was more clear cut and the move of the half.

Barcham was played in down the right and kept his composure to pick out Barnard who slotted home from close range.

The second half was all Spurs. Lee tried his luck from 25 yards before Barnard was denied his hat-trick twice - a header from O'Hara's free-kick was directed straight at Shane Supple before the home keeper somewhat fortunately deflected a close-range effort inches wide unknowingly with his feet.

It was one-way traffic as McKenna's goalbound effort was blocked, Charlie Daniels' 30-yarder was tipped wide at full stretch by Supple and McKenna (pictured right) curled a fraction wide from the edge of the area.

O'Hara went close before Proudlock finally had another sight of goal - 87 minutes on the clock when he burst through but Tommy Forecast stood up strong to block.

Barnard still had time for one more effort deflected straight into Supple's hands but if his three goals were denied, there was no denying the three points went to the right home on this occasion.

Ipswich Town: Supple, Moore, Barron (Clarke, 62), Westlake, Collins, Nash, Peters (Haynes, 62), Lordan, McDonald, Proudlock, Craig. Unused subs: Casement, Ainsley.

Spurs: Forecast, Kelly, Pamarot, Lee, McKie, McKenna, Lewis, O'Hara, Daniels, Barcham (Martin, 74), Barnard. Unused subs: Button, Seanla, Smith, Archibald-Henville.