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Bristol Rovers (1) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

FA Cup 3rd Round 1997-98

Saturday, January 3, 1998

Referee: M Halsey

Manager: Unknown

The Memorial Stadium, Horfield

Attendance: 8,610

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2719

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Match Report

Bristol Rovers 1 Ipswich Town 1

This was an exciting cup-tie, played in the most appalling conditions.

Referee Mark Halsey conducted pitch inspections at 8.30am and 1.30pm before deciding that the game could go ahead - and it must have been a marginal decision.

During the match, a gale-force wind blew straight down the pitch and there were periods of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, and at one stage, a violent hail-storm.

Add in the fact that the pitch is normally used for rugby and was already uneven before the storms, and it was obvious that this was not going to be a passing game.

However, throughout, both teams showed admirable battling qualities to overcome the elements.

Bristol Rovers had the wind at their backs in the first half and Ipswich might have changed round more than one goal in arrears.

Within 30 seconds of the kick-off, Cureton had missed a good chance and Town were relieved when Richard Wright made a brilliant early save to deny the dangerous Hayles.

In the 35th minute Rovers' pressure bore fruit as Hayles robbed Kieron Dyer to set up Peter Beadle who finished well. The second half was a totally different story and it was one-way traffic towards the Bristol goal.

Taricco and Scowcroft went close and Rovers were limited to very occasional breakaways, although in one of those, Wright made a fine goal-line save from Beadle's header.

Town brought on Mathie for Johnson in the 70th minute and a minute later, Taricco's header picked out Scowcroft on the right.

He carried the ball forward before squaring it for Mick Stockwell (right) to rifle in an angled drive off the underside of the crossbar.

Ipswich went for the win, with Taricco hitting the crossbar and Collett having to make three excellent saves, twice from Mathie and once from a powerful downward header by Holland.

It was thrilling stuff, but in the end a draw was a fair result as neither side deserved to go out of the competition after their efforts on such an afternoon.

Manager George Burley too was satisfied to be taking the Second Division team back to Portman Road on Tuesday, January 13th, for a replay.

If Town can get through at the second attempt, their reward will be a home tie against Sheffield United or Bury in Round Four.

TEAM: Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Williams, Mowbray, Venus, Dyer, Holland, Johnson, Scowcroft, Petta. Subs: Mathie (for Johnson, 69mins), Bracey (not used), Sonner (not used), Tanner (for Petta, 46 mins), Naylor (not used).

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