Ipswich welcomed Dereham to the cauldron of atmosphere Tuddenham road looking to bounceback from the disappointment of a narrow 3-2 loss away against Bedford. Patel who had limped off gingerly previously had come through a fitness test, a huge boost for the hosts as had Dunnett who was heavily inked on the team sheet
The game started at a ferocious pace with Ipswich bossing the early possession and it wasn’t long till the home side took the lead. Dunnet fed Underwood who smashed it towards goal for Cutting to place into the roof of the net with a deft finish
As Ipswich looked to double their advantage they made a slight tactical change. Devitt was now inside Youngman, not for the first time this season and the gamble payed off. Youngman played the ball to Devitt who threaded it to Dunnet who in turn smashed it across goal for Underwood to slide in and convert.
Ipswich continued to press and dominate possession. Southgate and Wheelhouse neatly passing around the back and using the athleticism of Wisbech native Johnson. Soon the lead was extended further Driver feeding Clough who smashed the ball into the roof of the Net. Ipswich then followed it up with a 4th Jack Devitt with the simplest of finishes.
Dereham were growing into the game and posed a threat on the counter attack. The result could have been much different had it not been for the staunch defending of Dykes who was getting his teammates out of jail with brave interventions
Half time came and coach Adnan Zakir rallied his troops. The advice was clear; swipe the first half from memory and focus on the second.
Ipswich started the second half poorly with the ball being turned over in midfield and the ball being thumped home past the eccentric goalkeeper Gladding.
Now was a time for leaders and the newly engaged Patel duly obliged asking for calm from his men. The Suffolk side were once again dominant. Southgate, given a day off by his local bowls club, was marauding forwards and threaded it to Cutting who finished from an acute angle.q
Wheelhouse added a 6th shortly after. Resembling a boulder rolling down a hill, never in control but not easy to stop, he found himself in acres of space and smashed the ball home.
Devitt then finished off proceedings with a headlong diving finish. The Final score an emphatic 7 1 win for Ipswich