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Narrow Loss For U's

20 July 2016

1-0 defeat in first home friendly.

A first half Brett Pitman goal was enough for Town, in what was a closely contested contest.

The U's have been beaten 1-0 by Ipswich Town in their first pre-season friendly.
Whilst there were no real clear cut chances in the very early stages, Sam walker got an important early touch when he took a low cross at his near post after two minutes.

The first effort from either side came two minutes later, as Brett Pitman shot high and wide from distance.

In the U's first attack, Brennan Dickenson intercepted before striding down the left and crossing to the far post – unfortunately, he was too quick for any teammates to be in the box on the end of it.

Dickenson then got on the end of a good move involving Owen Garvan and Craig Slater, but his shot from the edge flew safely wide.

Denny Johnstone then got in on the act, his shot arrowing straight into former U’s keeper Dean Gerken's arms.

Luke Chambers then headed a free kick wide, as the visitors started to find some rhythm in the game.

At the other end, the U's went close to taking the lead, when Kurtis Guthrie's slide wasn’t long enough to get on the end of a low cross from Dickenson.

In the thirty ninth minute, a long ball caught the U's defence out, Walker thought he could get to it but was beaten by Pitman's touch and the Town forward rolled it into the empty net.

With the balance of play, it was probably not what the U's deserved but it gave the visitors a solitary goal lead going into the break.

The second half started quietly, with neither keeper tested enough to get the crowd on their feet.

Stewart shot well wide when Town took a wide free kick short and Dickenson was denied by a block at the other end.

A raft of substitutions didn't help the flow of the game, and in the remaining fifteen minutes, the U's couldn’t find an equaliser.

Chris Porter had a dangerous looking cross deflected for a corner, from which Alex Wynter headed over, but Town remained strong at the back to take the win.

It was a step up in opposition for the U's and they responded with a decent performance, a performance that they will hope to repeat at Chelmsford on Saturday and against Crystal Palace on Monday.   

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