Norwich City Res 0, Ipswich Res 1
An Ed Upson penalty gave visiting Ipswich Town the second string derby honours at a wintery Carrow Road this afternoon.
Norwich City Res 0 Ipswich Res 1
An Ed Upson penalty just before half-time was enough to earn Ipswich Town derby bragging rights for the season.
With no first team clash, it was down to City's second string to salvage some pride, but, having drawn at Portman Road earlier in the Combination League East Division campaign, they were unable to turn it around on their home patch.
City rarely threatened Town keeper Brian Murphy and the fact that the post-match inquest went on for longer than usual suggests there were harsh words from manager Paul Lambert.
The game was lost when City keeper Declan Rudd was adjudged to have fouled Reggie Lambe as he chased a lovely through ball by Devann Yao. Rudd was booked - and fortunate not to have been sent off - even though centre half David Stephens was also involved in the incident.
Upson stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way - the highlight of a fairly dull first half, with neither side able to carve out any decent opportunities.
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Ipswich were on top for much of the second half as well and should have increased their lead. Carlos Edwards sidefooted wide from 20 yards, Alan Quinn put a free-kick just over and full-back Shane O'Connor saw a late effort turned away by Rudd.
City never looked like equalising and perhaps the only good thing to take from the game was that senior players Michael Spillane and Jens Berthel Askou came through an hour unscathed as they continued their recovery from injury.
City: Rudd, Spillane (Gordon 62), Askou (Drmola 62), Stephens, Francomb, Adeyemi, Gill, McVeigh, Lathrope, Dawkin, Kelly. Subs not used: Matthews, Clarke, Ball.