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U's at Portman Road in deciding Papa John's Trophy match

8 November 2021

Both Ipswich Town and Colchester United know a victory will secure their spot in the next round of the Papa John's Trophy, with both sides on three points in Southern Group A.

Hayden Mullins and Alex Dyer guided the U's into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Friday evening with a 4-0 win at Suffolk side, AFC Sudbury. 

And they will be heading back to Suffolk for the second time in a week on Tuesday evening, when Ipswich Town host the U's in the final group stage game of the Papa John's Trophy. 

With one team already qualified from the group, as West Ham U21 beat Gillingham a couple of weeks ago, a win for either the Tractor Boys or the U's will see them progress to the knockout stages of the competition. 

Both teams have picked up one win and one defeat in the first two games, and the U's will be hoping they can get the better of their League One opponents to make it through to the next round for the first time in two seasons. 

The game must be decided on the night, and will go straight to a penalty shoot-out if the scores are level after ninety minutes. 

Colchester United will check on the condition of Ryan Clampin ahead of the game, although Cameron Coxe's performance against Sudbury proved he was a suitable replacement for the left back, with Charlie Daniels also in the frame. 

The Opposition
Paul Cook's Ipswich Town side picked up their three points in the competition with a 2-0 win on the road at Gillingham in their second match of the tournament. 

In the opening group game for the Tractor Boys, West Ham U21 took three points at Portman Road, but the Suffolk side hit in their second game to ensure that they would have something to play for in the last match. 

Ipswich's recent form has been fair, with three wins in the last six games, two draws and one defeat in all competitions. 

Their last game was a 1-1 draw in the Emirates FA Cup against League Two opposition, with Oldham Athletic forcing Ipswich Town into a replay at Boundary Park in a week's time. Wes Burns was on target after Macaualey Bonne's cross, with the visitors hitting back late in the first half. 

Former Colchester United striker and current loanee to Ipswich Town, Macauley Bonne has hit the ground running in Suffolk, with eleven goals in seventeen games this season after joining on loan from QPR in the summer. 

Last Time We Met

Last time the U's met Ipswich Town was in this competition two years ago, when Ryan Clampin's sumptuous strike separated the two teams. His forty-yard second-half effort looped over Holy to give the U's the 1-0 win at the JobServe Community Stadium, sending them through to the next round. 

The match is available to stream on iFollow with a £10 Match Pass. Click HERE to get yours and support the U's on the road at Ipswich Town. 

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