Bury Town 2 Ipswich Town 3
by Derek Bish at Ram Meadow
PAUL Jewell’s right-hand man praised Bury Town after Ipswich Town sneaked a pre-season victory at Ram Meadow thanks to Ronan Murray’s 86th minute winner.
Chris Hutchings – who has been assistant to Jewell at Bradford City, Wigan Athletic, Derby County and now Ipswich – was happy with the workout his npower Championship outfit were given by their Suffolk rivals.
But it could quite easily have been a success for the West Suffolk Blues, who were made to pay for Marcus Garnham’s goalkeeping gaffe and Lee Reed’s missed penalty.
Speaking about Wednesday night’s match, Hutchings said: “The club have been coming here for quite a few years now and it’s been another worthwhile exercise because some of the lads haven’t had games, but been working very hard in training.
“It was a good, entertaining game and nice to see quite a few people down here.
“Bury worked very hard and are well organised. They scored a great free-kick and we sneaked it at the end, but I think they would have got as much pleasure out of it as we did.”
Garnham saved at the feet of Murray in the opening stages, but it was Bury who went in front through captain Tom Bullard.
The skipper inexplicably found himself in a centre-forward’s role and his deflected shot trickled past the wrong-footed Cody Cropper and into the net.
Bury’s advantage lasted just three minutes as Jide Maduako rose highest to power home a header from Luca Civelli’s right-wing corner before Garnham presented Caolan Lavery with the ball just six yards from goal and the young striker made no mistake by tapping into an empty net.
Luke Ingram presented Lee Reed with a great chance to level just shy of the hour-mark after being felled by Joe Whight in the penalty area. However, Reed’s low spot-kick towards the bottom left-hand corner was comfortably saved and gathered by Cropper.
It took a fierce free-kick from Danny Cunningham for Bury to finally draw level 10 minutes from the end, but Murray spoiled the celebrations when he raced on to Lavery’s pass and delicately clipped the ball over trialist stopper Richard Robbins.
Following the match, boss Wilkins said: “We played some good football at times in the second half with some good movement and passing – I was just disappointed with our defending.
“That’s one area I want to work on this season to make us a little bit more resilient and keep more clean sheets.
“On the whole, I was pleased with the workout. It’s a higher tempo than we would normally get in the Ryman Premier and it was quite an ask because they have been training for a month and are as fit as anything. But I thought our fitness levels were good.”
Bury: Garnham (Robbins 63), Hunter (L Smith 38), Coulson (Coakley 63), Kennedy (Ingram 46), Hitching (Cawley 46), Bullard (Hall 63), Nurse (Leabon 46), S Smith (Scurlock 46), S Reed (Clark 63), L Reed, Henderson (Cunningham 38).
Ipswich: Cropper (O’Donnell 69), Bennett (Burke 55), Cresswell, Hyam (Jones 61), Maduako, Whight, Civelli (Griffiths 61), Carson (Hourlihane 46), Murray, Lavery, Peters.