Thursday, 3 November 2011

Ipswich Town - Portman Road

Ipswich Town FC
Portman Road

01473 400500

Matchday Number: 140
Wednesday 16th September 2008
Ipswich Town Reserves 3-4 Wycombe Wanderers Reserves
Reserves Combination

Having never had the opportunity to visit Ipswich Town before, I was really pleased when our reserves were put in the same league as theirs. I marked it off as a "must visit" as soon as the fixtures came out, and pleasingly it would be fairly early on in the season where it wouldn't be too cold for a midweek game.

On the day I made my way down to Suffolk, doing the usual thing of stopping at grounds on the way, including a trip to Colchester to see how our rivals ground shaped up. I got to Ipswich around 5pm, 2 hours before kick off, and so went into town to find something to eat, Suitably fed, I then went to the ground, with still over an hour to go till kick off. After eating up some time by reading my paper, I took some pictures of the outside of the ground and went in about 20 minutes before the game started. There were only a few hundred fans there, but those that did turn up were in for a real treat.

Town's reserves fell to their first defeat of the season as Wycombe Wanderers came from behind to record a 4-3 victory at Portman Road. The Blues threw the game away in the second half after Dean Bowditch had netted a first half hat-trick to make the score 3-1 at the break.
Bowditch started the scoring in the opening minute, powerfully heading home Paul Murphy's cross.
The visitors equalised on the half hour, Matt Harrold seizing on a poor header by Alex Bruce and setting up Magno Vieira, who beat Lewis Ward.
Bowditch put the Blues back in front six minutes later, Murphy again supplying the cross and the former England U19 international striker beating the keeper with a low shot.
The frontman completed his hat-trick three minutes before the break with a shot from just outside the box from Reggie Lambe's lay-back.
All Town's good first half work was undone after the break. Two minutes into the second period Alex Bruce pulled back a Wycombe player inside the area and Harrold converted the spotkick.
Robert Rice scored the Chairboys' third in the 50th minute after a swift counter attack, before Wycombe grabbed a surprise winner on 76.
Kurt Robinson passed the ball back to keeper Lewis Ward, who smashed his clearance straight at sub Dan Fitchett, who netted the winner with his first touch of the ball.
PORTMAN ROAD is an excellent ground, now fully modernised and all seated. I am unsure about where away fans are located, or about the shop, as everything was closed when I went there. But wherever you sit in the ground, you should get a good view.

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