Date: 7th February 2017 at 4:23pm
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Talk about knocking on the first team door. Ipswich Town’s under 23 side demolished Premier club Watford, with a bag full of goals and some stand out performances from the new kids on the block.

Reading loanee Dominic Samuel and academy prospect Monty Patterson both helped themselves to hat-tricks and there were goals too for Kieffer Moore and George Fowler!

Make no mistake this was no fluke scoreline, as the Blues dominated from start to finish and although the goals will remind manager Mick McCarthy of the ammunition he has in reserve, there were great performances all around; from keeper Welsh under 21 keeper Michael Crowe, to Ipswich favourite Tommy Smith who was making his return after five months out with back problems.

Winger Danny Rowe, also starred in what was a comprehensive victory and he needed less than two minutes to get the ball rolling, when the former Macclesfield winger played an incisive pass in the direction of Patterson who finished in style.

Then he combined with Moore in the build up to the second goal which was again score by Patterson, who is developing into a player with very real promise.

The fact that Rowe was removed at half time might suggest something because he showed no sign of injury and perhaps manager Mick McCarthy has already penciled him in to play some part against Villa on Saturday afternoon?

On this showing the whole team deserves to be considered and at long last, we do genuinely appear to have some strength in depth.

Teddy Bishop was also involved and he too looked so assured on the ball that one supporter today even compared him to Frans Thijssen and believe me, that really is saying something!

It has been a good week for Town in a season full of disappointments and we can only hope that the entertaining display by the first team against Reading and this emphatic victory for Gerrard Nash and his under 23 side might finally kick start our season after so long.

The seven newcomers to the club have all made good impressions so far and of course away at Villa, Dominic Samuel will be available too so could this be the start of something good?

Keep this up and those protest threats will become nothing more than that – a distant echo from the past.

Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich


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