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Ipswich's Ainsley Joins Ahead of Bromley Game

By Chris Evans

City have completed the loan signing of Ipswich Town right-back Jack Ainsley in time for their important Blue Square Bet South match at Bromley this evening (7:45pm kick-off at Hayes Lane), and Manager Glenn Pennyfather has described the move as “a real coup for our club.”

Young defender Ainsley has progressed through Town’s academy ranks to the First Team and he was handed a first league start by Paul Jewell last August. Since then he’s been involved in their squad and has provided cover to Ipswich’s other defenders. He recently took in a spell on loan at Histon to gain some experience, and now he hopes to do the same with the Clarets.

With Justin Miller and Bradley Hamilton out through injury, Glenn was excited to have completed the signing in time for tonight’s game, explaining: “Jack’s played in the Championship as recently as this season and he’s a quality player without a doubt. I’m delighted Ipswich have allowed us to take him on loan so he can get some games.”

Top scorer Jamie Slabber returns to the squad after his three-match suspension, while winger Anthony Cook will be put through a pre-match fitness test to see if he’s able to feature. Definitely missing will be wide man Donovan Simmonds, who’ll be absent for two to four weeks, while goalkeeper Stuart Searle is nearing peak condition again.

Bromley are currently in 14th place and their form has stuttered, with one win in six on the back of four wins from five. They won 3-2 at Billericay Town on Saturday having drawn 1-1 with Boreham Wood and Hayes & Yeading United and victory could take them into the top ten. Although their recent results tell one story, Glenn knows what they’re capable of.

He added: “Like all sides in this division, on any given day they can secure a result as their side is full of good players. I’ve just been looking at their team list and seen one of their recent matches and we’ll have to be on our game and at our best. We were delighted with Saturday, and now’s the time to amass as many points as we can.”

Bromley: Address: The Stadium, Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9EF. Phone: (020) 8460 5291. Position Last Season: 17th in the Blue Square Bet South. Miles from Chelmsford: 42. Approx. Journey Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Nickname: The Lilywhites. Team Colours: White & Black. Ground Capacity: 4,900 (2,500 Covered Terracing). Seats: 1,300. Official Website:

Travel Club Coach: There are a limited number of seats on the coach to this match, which will depart the Clubhouse at 4:45pm and opposite the County Hotel at the top of Duke Street at 5:00pm. The return fare will be £10 for adults and £6 for under 16s and the latest seat availability details can be found via Mark Fleming on (07506) 873741.

Directions to Hayes Lane: Leaving the M25 at Junction 4, follow the A21 to Bromley and London for approximately four miles and then fork left onto the A232 signposted Croydon/Sutton. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Baston Road (B265), following it for about two miles as it becomes Hayes Street and then Hayes Lane. Bromley F.C. is on right-hand side of this road just after a mini roundabout. Nearest Train Station: Bromley South (0.6 miles).

Weather Forecast: Grey Cloud. 4 degrees Celsius. Wind 9 mph.

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