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Ipswich Town’s u21 season was set to return this week as they were scheduled to host West Ham u21 at Playford Road, but this has since been called off due to the international call ups.
The young Tractor Girls’ will now have to wait until 4th November before they kick off their new season when they welcome Bristol City u21 to Suffolk. Although, Ipswich do host Kesgrave Kestrels in the Suffolk Cup on the 1st November, the same day the first team head to Norwich to face their East Anglian rivals in the 3rd round qualifying for the FA Cup, so it’s highly likely the team facing Kesgrave will be fully made up of Academy players, as most of the more featured players will head up the A140 with Joe and the first team.
Before last season was cut short, the u21 side were sitting mid-table after 17 games played with 8 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses to their name. They have some tough opposition in their league, facing the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton in the top tier of Women’s Academy football.
The West Ham game will now be rearranged but the Tractor Girls’ would have been relishing facing last season’s bottom side, who had lost all 16 of their games before the season was cut short and sat bottom of the league with a -84 goal difference. With the Ipswich first team flying high currently, players eligible for the u21’s currently in the first team would have been looking on keenly at this opening fixture which would have been held at Playford Road behind closed doors.
Instead, the young blues will now await the visit from Bristol City next month, then Reading a week later.