Ipswich men’s first team squad travelled to Bury for their second match of the pre-season campaign on Saturday hoping to maintain their winning streak.
Coach Craig Wiid had relayed his tactics prior to the match to the management team of Josh Cutting and Henry Langton before heading off to a hastily organised coaching seminar on understanding the Suffolk dialect.
Bury started the livelier of the two sides with Ipswich taking their time to find their feet. It was to be expected with Ipswich fielding three debutants but the defensive line was well marshalled by Josh Fry and Bury rarely troubled keeper Jeremy Blake, despite some promising attacks.
After weathering the storm, Ipswich began to play the ball around nicely and looked to show their dominance. It didn’t quite go to plan with a defensive error and over commitment in the midfield leading to a well-taken breakaway goal by Bury.
Ipswich remained true to their coach’s objectives and equalised at the end of the first quarter from a slick short corner routine with Will Chrystal deflecting Fry’s low drag flick on the far post.
Ipswich continued to battle against the unseasonal hot weather and some adventurous tackling from the hosts. Ipswich thought they should have had a clear penalty stroke awarded when Chrystal was upended but they needn’t have worried.
Moments later a lovely move saw Hugo Thomas release veteran Richard Rutterford in the circle who’s first time pass found Josh Cutting with only the keeper the beat. The Ipswich skipper calmly slotted home to take the lead.
Ipswich turned the screw in the third quarter and goals were plentiful.
The visitors extended their lead through Robin Johnson after his deft deflection sent the ball past the bemused Bury keeper for his second goal of the season.
Ipswich were now playing with confidence, intensity and desire with the midfield being dominated by youngsters Lewis and Conway. Chrystal bagged his second of the game after a lively move involving Bolton, Rutterford, Cook and debutant Owen Lloyd before Cutting added his second moments after.
Cutting completed his hat-trick thanks to some skilful link-up play with Pete Wright and a somewhat lucky deflection which saw the ball loop up over the keeper for Ipswich to take a 6-1 lead.
Ipswich were guilty in the fourth quarter of lapses in concentration. Unforced defensive errors from Cameron Lyle allowed Bury to score two late goals to make the score line look more respectable. It also earned the Ipswich playmaker the DoD award.
All in all Ipswich will be happy with their victory but know next week’s match against Harleston will be a real test of how far the squad has come under coach Craig Wiid.
In the post-match press conference Wiid said, “I’ma pleased with tha result although tha balance of tha squad is still sloightly on th’huh. I’m pleased with how we played the ball dowen the soides and the boys runned their legs off in rummin conditions. ‘Taint be ser loikley next week will be as comfortable but I hent got nuffin but positive forts about the forthcoming season”