Town off to winning start
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ipswich came from a goal down to beat Gillingham 2-1 in their Championship opener at Portman Road.Ipswich came from a goal down to beat Gillingham 2-1 in their Championship opener at Portman Road.
Goals from Richard Naylor and Dean Bowditch were enough to give Joe Royle's men a winning start to the season after Paul Smith had given The Gills a shock early lead.
Gillingham broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when debutant Darren Byfield broke down the right and pulled the ball back for skipper Smith to coolly finish past Kelvin Davis.
The goal stung Ipswich into action and Shefki Kuqi saw a header from Kevin Horlock's corner glance just wide of the post.
The home side drew level on 35 minutes with Naylor jumping highest to power home Horlock's corner into the net.
Ipswich caught Gillingham asleep in the opening seconds of the second half with Bowditch sweeping home a fine shot high into the net.
Gillingham threw everything into attack in an attempt to get back into the match and only a fine save by Davis denied Byfield with a point-blank header.
Tommy Miller almost made the game safe late on when he saw his shot come back off the woodwork, but Ipswich had done enough for all three points.