Town's first workout ends in stalemate

Last updated : 08 July 2006 By Russell Claydon
In new manager Jim Magilton's first oppourtunity to take charge of his team he played all of his 22 man squad, one in each half, with his team coming away with a draw, after a first half Nicky Forster penalty was ruled out late on by Boston's Anthony Elding.

In the first half trialist Eugen Bopp, formely of Nottingham Forest did his chances of securing a deal no harm as he carved out several good oppourtunities.

Magilton would have been pleased with Dean Bowditch's 45 minutes, with the striker looking fitter and stronger than at times last season.

Three minutes from half time Nicky Forster was brought down and duly converted the resultant spot-kick to give the Championship side the lead going into the break.

Irish youngster Billy Clarke and last summers £450,000 signing Sam Parkin emerged as Town's second half striking partnership and were unfortunate not to have a goal to show for their efforts, with Parkin having a couple of good chances and Clarke having a shot blocked.

Former Republic of Ireland international, Colin Healy, on trial with Town after a return from lengthy injury at Livingstone last season looked lively in midfield.

Ipswich were not having it all their own way in the second period, however, with FA Youth Cup winning defender Sammy Moore having to save Town blushes by clearing off line.

Supple was also called into action on several occasions but could not prevent Elding's goal at the death, which ensured the friendly ended one apiece.