Ipswich City and Western Spirit footballers duel for the ball during Saturday's Reserve Grade match at Kippen Park. Ipswich City won 5-0.
Ipswich City and Western Spirit footballers duel for the ball during Saturday's Reserve Grade match at Kippen Park. Ipswich City won 5-0. Rob Williams

Holiday to recover after derby deadlock

FOOTBALL: Sore Ipswich City Bulls attacker Jack Ryder had plenty to ponder on the plane heading to Europe.

After deserving at least a couple of goals for his mighty effort, Ryder had to share a 1-1 draw with his teammates in the latest local derby against home side Western Spirit.

Ryder was one of City's best players in the Capital League 1 match, making several terrific breaks up the right wing and providing some neat crosses only for them to be blocked, sprayed wide or booted over the crossbar.

"In the second half, we had our chances in front of goal,'' the speedy right winger said.

"It wasn't our night in regards to putting the ball in the back of the net but the Spirit boys are always up for it in the local derby.

"They put up a good fight.''

Preparing for an overseas holiday, Ryder was feeling the effect of his multiple dashes up the Kippen Park flanks.

"I'll have sore legs for the plane ride,'' he said, about to jet off for three weeks taking in London and Amsterdam.

"I'll be sore in the morning but I can relax. It's just a holiday to see a bit of the world.''

As a former Western Spirit player, Ryder appreciates the importance of the local derbies.

Saturday night's game at Kippen Park was his fourth after Spirit won this season's opening duel 2-0.

"Every time, it's always a good match,'' Ryder, 24, said.

"We enjoy it. They enjoy it and they always make us work hard.''

Ryder, who lives at Augustine Heights, played at Western Spirit during his youth years after a stint at Lions.

"Personally I enjoy coming back here,'' he said, reflecting on the match outside the Kippen Park dressing room.

Working in logistics, Ryder is in his third season with the Bulls.

"I'm thoroughly enjoying it,'' he said.

"Love the boys here and I look forward to hopefully some future success with this club.''

Bulls captain Mark Fancourt headed in the equalizer after halftime following Spirit's Lachlan Jackson opening the scoring from a goal-mouth scramble.

Being caught away from his goal line was the only mistake Bulls keeper Brent Witney made.

His opposite number Jack Fuller was also impressive guarding the net for Spirit.

Both keepers made some terrific close range saves at key times, diffusing threatening attacks.

In the Reserve Grade local derby, Bulls captain Will French scored a hat-trick in his team's 5-0 win over Western Spirit.

Ipswich City's victory keeps the Bulls in the top three despite supplying a number of players to the top side in recent weeks.

State of play

CL1: Western Spirit 1 (Lachlan Jackson) drew Ipswich City 1 (Mark Fancourt) at Kippen Park.

Reserves: Ipswich City 5 (Will French 3, Lincoln Neville, Jack Claire) def Western Spirit 0 at Kippen Park.