Iron beaten by young Ipswich side

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Braintree Town v Ipswich Town XI – Pre-Season Friendly – Cressing Road Stadium – Report

Braintree Town 0-1 Ipswich Town XI 

Braintree Town concluded their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat to a young Ipswich Town XI on Friday night in a fast-paced, entertaining game at Cressing Road Stadium.

The Iron gave debuts to recent loan signings Harry Beadle from Colchester United and Ben Tompkins from Luton Town and played some fine football going forward whilst creating several chances in both halves.

The teams went in scoreless at the break following a fast-paced first period and the only goal of the match came in the sixty-eighth minute when Jack Sims’ uncharacteristic error gave Nico Valentine an easy tap-in from close range.

Braintree manager Angelo Harrop spoke to the press after the game: “I thought we worked really hard, had cohesion and commitment across the team and we created some potentially good goal-scoring chances against obviously a strong, quick and impressive young side.

“We know the areas we have to work on but I felt it was a much better performance than in our recent two pre-season friendlies,” he continued. “Our two trialists were impressive and again I felt defensively we did well and we were quick to the ball, passed well and moved forward well and it was just that last touch in front of goal that at times let us down

He went on: “All these games have provided us with good preparation for our opening league game at Taunton next Saturday and we have a clear week ahead to work out on set pieces and the like.

“We’ve still some tidying up to do with signings but I’m sure we will be all fit and organised for what is a tough opening game away which will involve a long journey and everybody can’t wait to get started.”

He added: “We know it’s going to be a tough season but we will be fully prepared and do even better than we did last season.”

Braintree Town: Sims, Trialist A, Stevenson, Tomkins, White (Capt) (Grimwood 51’) Beadle (Dawodu 81’) Davies, Lambe, Nwachuku (Regis 75’) Trialist B, Quantrell Subs not used: Payne

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