Needham Market 0-7 Ipswich Town – Match Report – Ipswich Town News

Needham Market 0-7 Ipswich Town – Match Report
Saturday, June 25, 2022 2:25 p.m.

Conor Chaplin scored a hat-trick and Matt Penney, Tommy Hughes, Freddie Ladapo and Greg Leigh scored one each as the Blues beat Needham Market 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly at Bloomfields.

Dom Ball made his first appearance in a Town shirt as part of the fielding XI in the first half of a game played over two 30-minute halves.

Ball was in the center of midfield alongside Cameron Humphreys with Janoi Donacien at right-back, Penney at left-back and Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba at centre-halves. Christian Walton was in goal.

Tawanda Chirewa and Kyle Edwards were the wide with skipper Sone Aluko behind lone striker Joe Pigott.

With Mark Steed, chief investment officer of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, the pension fund that owns a 90% stake in Blues owner Gamechanger 20, watching the team live for the first time Ball won an early corner kick after his first minute shot from the edge of the box was deflected behind.

In the ninth minute, home goalkeeper Marcus Garnham did well to drop down to his right to save Pigott’s low shot from just outside the box after good work from Chirewa.

Three minutes later skipper Aluko curled in a free-kick from Garnham’s left which the keeper may have hit with his fingertips before he came back from the post and was cleared.

On the 14th, a corner kick was played short to Chirewa on the left and the striker cut inside a defender before hitting a low shot which Garnham rammed into the side netting.

The Blues had a scare a minute later when Needham youngster Seth Chambers momentarily found space heading into the area but Woolfenden came and blocked his way.

In the 18th minute, Town finally took the lead. Edwards brought the ball into the right-hand area and, after tripping, passed it to Penney on the other side of the box, who passed Garnham.





Two minutes later, the former Sheffield Wednesday man almost had a second as Edwards again did well on the right and cut across.

Edwards created another opportunity on the 25th, cutting a right to Pigott, who scuffed his effort at Garnham.

In the 27th minute, Aluko weaved his way through a number of defenders on his way into the box before hitting a low shot through Garnham but beyond the post.

It was the last of the opening 30 minutes in which Town had unsurprisingly dominated and created plenty of chances, despite scoring the only goal with Edwards having been the better player.

In the second half, Vaclav Hladky was in goal with Cameron Burgess joined by Rekeem Harper in the center of defence. Idris El Mizouni was right-back, a role he played in as an academy player, with new signing Leigh at left.

Lee Evans and captain Sam Morsy were in the center of midfield with Hughes, Chaplin and Kane Vincent-Young, the three behind lone striker Freddie Ladapo, who was making his first appearance in a Town shirt.

Recent Arsenal loan signing Tyreece John-Jules was absent with Wes Burns and Elkan Baggott, who have been given extra time after serving international duty and Kayden Jackson and George Edmundson, who are not yet ready to return after their injuries at the end of last season.

Just over a minute into the restart, Tommy Hughes burst into flames after trading passes with Leigh on the left.

Less than a minute later Hughes was on target, Vincent-Young cut in from the right and Hughes hit a low shot through Garnham and into the net.

In the 37th, Ladapo did not have enough on Vincent-Young’s cross from the left and the ball flew wide.

El Mizouni was not far off Town’s third in the 41st minute, the Tunisia international hitting a 25-yard strike to the top corner which Garnham did well to go over the bar.

Six minutes later, Ladapo exchanged passes with Hughes before firing wide from a promising position under pressure.

A minute later, Chaplin made it 3-0 when he fired his first home from eight yards after Morsy assisted on a Leigh cross from the left.

Immediately after the kick-off, Town made it four, Ladapo skillfully chipped Needham’s underkeeper to score his first goal for the Blues.

Evans has come a long way after playing 22 minutes in what appeared to be a planned substitution. Albie Armin took over, moving to centre-half with Harper moving into midfield.

In the 54th minute it was five, Hughes from the right and Chaplin headed home their second of the afternoon.

After a low shot from Morsy was deflected wide, Leigh made it 6-0 with a tap at the far post from El Mizouni’s right center.

In injury time, Chaplin scored seven with his third of the game, the ball hitting the wall on its way to the net.

Seconds later the referee’s whistle ended a comfortable win for the Blues who dominated Needham, who started pre-season training this week and lost a number of starters last season, from the start to the end of both halves.

Chaplin will be happy with his hat-trick and Ladapo, Leigh and young Hughes will be particularly happy to have started their pre-seasons scoring, while Edwards and Vincent-Young were an ever-present danger on the right respectively.

The match was followed by simultaneous penalty shootouts from both sides before a signing session with the Blues players.

City first half XI: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Ndaba, Penney, Ball, Humphreys, Chirewa, Aluko (c), Edwards, Pigott.

City second half: Hladky, El Mizouni, Leigh, Harper, Burgess, Morsy (c), Evans (Armin 22), Vincent-Young, Chaplin, Hughes, Ladapo.

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chenners17 added 14:27 – June 25

good training for the team. Goals breed confidence in forwards, so Chaplin and Ladapo get a few goals.



jas0999 added 14:42 – June 25
Although they say pre-season results don’t matter, scoring seven points is clearly a good thing and helps build confidence. Good to see the new striker stand out and scoring three won’t hurt Chaplin!

All in all a good workout.


ringwoodblue added 15:03 – June 25
Well done Chappers! Excellent result!

Pigott can’t even score against this poor opposition so he has no future at the club in my humble opinion.


bow added 15:31 – June 25

I bet we lost the penalty shootout 😉


TractorBeezer added 15:35 – June 25

Thanks for the quick report Phil. It looks promising!


algarvefan added 15:38 – June 25

Games like these aim to prepare players and bring them back to playing competitive matches. I’m not going to read much about the result, although it looks good, it’s good to see no injuries and the game was treated as a community event on Armed Forces Day. Well done Town, let’s keep improving, ready for the big push in the coming season.


chepstowblue added 16:01 – June 25

I’ve said many times that the worst thing about our club right now is the arrogant attitude of many of our fans, who think we just have to show up to score points. So I’m a little ashamed to say that I sincerely believe that we would win the Premier Division Central South league!


lightning boy added 16:26 – June 25

I think Chaplin could be the 25+ goalscorer we are looking for next season – if played as a striker.


blues1 added 16:31 – June 25

Ringwoodblue. Just the kind of pathetic comment I would expect from some here.


Nobby Nuts added 4:45 PM – June 25
Forget the 7 draw against sunday league rubbish I’m more concerned about edmunson still not ready…….worrying.


BossMan added 17:32 – June 25

Chaplin is underestimated by many fans and the manager who has clearly signed tall players. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was possibly sold back to Portsmouth. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t expect him to start against Bolton.


BossMan added 17:32 – June 25

Chaplin is underestimated by many fans and the manager who has clearly signed tall players. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was possibly sold back to Portsmouth. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t expect him to start against Bolton.


Blue_Moses added 17:56 – June 25

Nice run, a bit strange to hear the young City fans behind the goal giving it to the Needham fans who are 99% Ipswich fans but they’re going. Also had a lot of stick but the Needham keeper is decent and made some really good saves


Blue_Moses added 17:58 – June 25

Bossman – Chaplin is going nowhere, one of the first names on the team sheet


grumpy added 6:16 PM – June 25

Piggot picked up where he left off last season and can’t even score against Needham. We have to get rid of him. Good race for the rest of the team. Need a good number 9 announcement, we will need a striker over 20 this year and currently we don’t have that


discount boy added 18:21 – June 25

I was at the game today and thought it was brilliant publicity for how the new look of Ipswich Town is once again creating powerful bonds with the community, such a well-run club on the Needham market took full advantage of a full house. Fans got to see some of the new signings and get up close with City players who posed for photos and autographs at the end of the game. The scoreline was irrelevant and as I walked back to my car the main feeling was pride in my club and the direction it was heading and that got me excited for the season ahead. A big thank you to all the volunteers at Needham Market for all their efforts to make this afternoon so well organised.


Linkboy13 added 6:38 PM – June 25

I will judge the team when we play Millwall and West Ham who we have struggled to score against in previous friendlies. Anyone who played the game will know that it was not a test for the team.


Robson Wark added 19:03 – June 25

Still no goal from Pigott! He was totally useless in every game I saw him play last season.


cadiar added 19:12 – June 25

Interesting to see Harper as a centre-back. Maybe KM has plans!


blues1 added 20:05 – June 25

Some of our fans are pathetic. From what I read, Piggott only had one chance to score in 30 minutes. And the goalkeeper made a good save. It’s not up to him to create his own chances, is it? It wasn’t until thdx2ndxgalc that we started creating chances for attackers. And surprise, surprise, when we created chances for them, they scored. Some of the odds anyway. Give Piggott a streak of games and create chances for him, he will score goals. So try to get behind him instead of constantly harassing him. Needs to gain confidence. The fans are doing to him exactly what they did to Keane. And look what happened when we got rid of him.


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