Drinan double helps U23s to victory over Sudbury as U18s lose at Leiston

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Gerard Nash’s U23s side won 4-2 at AFC Sudbury this afternoon with striker Aaron Drinan netted a brace and two other goals scored by trialists. Paul Lambert was not in attendance but Cole Skuse was one a number of first team players watching on.

Town opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Robinson and Foudil exchanged passes with Foudil to get a shot away. The shot was blocked by a Sudbury but Drinan was on hand to finish from eight yards past the Sudbury keeper.

Ipswich continued their dominant start when in the 6th minute, Drinan beat two defenders but was denied by a good save.

Against the run of the play, Sudbury equalised in the 28th minute, Fehrenbach slipped on the ball which allowed Freddie King to pounce and nipped it off him before bursting forward and slotting it past Toby Egan;s near post.

Town nearly restored their lead in the 32nd minute when McGavin half volleyed an effort from the edge of the box but Walker tipped over his fierce effort.

Kai Brown used his pace in the 35th minute to drive down the left hand side but his finish lacked any accuracy and resulted in a Sudbury goal kick. The short goal kick was intercepted by K Brown who then burst in on goal but was brought down, resulting in a penalty. Drinan stepped up and converted despite the keeper getting a hand on it.

Town went 3-1 up on the stroke of half time when Castro’s deflected shot from the edge of the box, looped over the watching keeper into the net.

After a number of substitutions by both teams, Town added a fourth in the 71st minute when Robinson picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, the forward beat four Sudbury defenders before getting tripped from behind resulting in another Town penalty. Robertson himself took the penalty and confidently converted but sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Sudbury added a consolation goal in the 76th minute when a low finish from the edge of the box from Ben Hammett gave substitute keeper Alley no chance.

Sudbury finished the game the stronger and Alley was forced into good save in stoppage to ensure Town won by the two goal margin.

Report by Matt Page.

U23s: Egan, Cotter, Smith, Fehrenbach, Webber, McGavin, Foudil, Castro (trialist), Drinan, Robertson (trialist), K Brown. Subs (rolling and all used): Z Brown, Henderson, Scott, Barek, Viral, Healy, Alley.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ U18s were beaten 4-2 by Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central Leiston at Victory Road.