Football - Blues turn on the style at Ram Meadow

An impressive crowd of 1,926 were entertained to a sparkling performance by Ipswich Town at Ram Meadow on Friday.

The Championship outfit, captained by former Bury Town defender Ian Miller, started at a scintillating pace, attacking the Bury back-line at every opportunity.

After two spurned efforts, the visitors drew first blood on three minutes – Billy Clarke turning in a low cross.

Looking nervous on the big occasion, Bury offered little in attack, despite some nice touches from debutant striker Ian Cambridge.

The visitors looked to kill the pre-season game early and succeeded with two further goals in quick fashion.

Danny Haynes fired home a low, left-foot strike on 21 minutes before Clarke grabbed his second following a goalmouth scramble.

As the first half drew to a close, the Ryman League hosts showed good spirit to fight their way back into the match.

Danny Cornwell began to pull the strings in central midfield, creating half-chances for strike-duo Sam Reed and Cambridge.

However, any chance of a come-back was extinguished on the stroke of half-time. Following some enterprising play on the Ipswich right, Owen Garvan cut inside to curl a spectacular 25-yard strike into the top left corner.

Rather than feeling sorry for themselves, Bury came out fighting in the second half, and spurred on by the home faithful, they spent the opening 10 minutes camped inside Ipswich territory.

After a spell of sustained pressure, Cambridge flicked on a high cross from the right and Scott Chaplin showed great composure before squeezing the ball past Sean Supple.

Bury pushed forward and the post-match mood could have been different had two penalty appeals, involving the lively Reed, not been harshly waved away by the referee.

As substitutions came thick and fast late on, Ipswich netted twice more through Clarke (hat-trick) and Kurt Robinson, who had replaced Miller after 70 minutes.

Bury Town team manager Richard Wilkins praised the visiting team, but was disappointed with his side's first-half showing.

"While Ipswich's passing and movement was first rate, we made early mistakes and you cannot do that at any level," said Wilkins.

The Ram Meadow side entertained Histon last night before visiting Braintree tomorrow and hosting Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).