Updated with more pix 'high noon bells' Wednesday
|THE BIG KICK OFF!---IF ONLY THE GAME |
COULD HAVE ENDED THERE AND THEN!
"PLOUGHED UP BY THE TRACTOR BOYS!"
We didn't 'fink' it woz possible--but we actually put in a WORSE performance than wor last away game at Sheff Wed!
It woz a case of pass the baall back to Karl Darlow in 'The Toon' goal and for him to hoof it az far up the field az possible and "hope for the best!"
This happened on numerous occasions with little success az we continually lost the baall and couldn't seem to put 2 passes together once the baall had crossed the half way line!
5 changes were inexplicably made by 'Rafa the Gaffer' after wor 'much better' performance v Leeedz on Good Friday and this proved to be wor downfall! (Why Rafa?---WHY?)
|THE TOON ATTACK 'THE BOBBY ROBSON END' (1st half)|
(View from row K in the away end)
Predicably the home side took the lead after 42 minutes at 'The Alf Ramsey End' when Sears-'brought tears' to Toon fans eyes!
Matt Richie had lost the baall on the half way line and a run doon the left by an unchallenged Lawrence produced a cross for Sears to fire home past Darlow!
The anly highlight of the game for us woz in the 62nd minute when Atsu ran doon the left wing 'like a whippet' and crossed the baall to Daryl Murphy, who volled an unstoppable effort past the 'Tractor Boys' keeper to send the 2,000 or so Toon fans wild, in expectation of a comeback!
This DIDNT happen and before lang Ipswich were 2-1 aheed after an unmarked McGoldrick fired home at 'The Bobby Robson End' just 5 minutes after Murphy's equaliser!
|A PAUL DUMMETT THROW IN AT 'THE ALF RAMSEY END'|
"DOES ANYBODY WANT IT!"
And then in the dyin' embers of the game it woz 3-1 to the home side when Huws wellied the baall past wor beleaguered keeper!
We trudged back to the nearby train station in trepidation of a 'uddersfield win at Darbee (they kicked off just after wor game had finished) and az we stood on the station platform more bad news came through---'uddersfield had taken the lead after just 5 minutes or so!
The 3 carriage train back to Peterborough woz 'rammed', with standin' room only for many! The mobile phones were 'action' by quite a few Toon followers az we prayed for a Darbee comeback!
With 87 minutes on the clock and ne forthaa score, it looked az though 'uddersfield would move within 5 points of us--plus a game in hand!---and then the 'joyous news' we'd aall 'prayed for' came through---DARBEE HAD EQUALISED 'at the death' and the 'gap' woz now 7 points between 'us and 'them'! (and a minus 32 goal difference)---The Toon fans 'erupted' az the carriage 'bounced' past March train station (It's 'APRIL' isn't it?)
|MARCH IN APRIL!|
Readin' had won though and were 6 points behind us--but they have played the same number of games AND they have a far inferior goal difference to us (minus 35!) which iz worth an extra point in itself!
In othaa words IF 'uddersfield fail to win next Saturday at home to Fulim and 'we' win against Preston next Munday then 'we' are promoted!
Of course this IZ NUFC isn't it!--and anythin' can happen!
Toon team: Darlow, Yedlin (Gamez 78), Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Richie (Mitrovic 82), Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu, Diame (Gouffran 61), Murphy
Attendance: 25, 684 (1,952 Toon fans---they wouldn't sell us any more tickets!) Ipswich's highest crowd of the season--2,400 higher than their 'derby' v Norwich!)
The pre match 'gargels' took place here the neet before and on the day of the match!
|THE DOVE, IPSWICH|
Inside 'The Briarbank' 'International Russcue' plays a game of 'Labyrinth', where yoo must navigate a smaall metal baall around a board usin' the nobs on the side to tilt the table. The object iz to avoid the 60 holes to get to the end of the maze!--He played with it for TWO HOURS, managin' to get past just ONE hole in 200 attempts! (It's sad --isn't it!?)
"Stick to the day job, mate!"
This boozer iz caalled 'The Mulberry' and they gave us a rendition of 'The Blaydon Races' az we sang alang 'half 'cut!