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7 August 2021

Over 21,000 fans at Portman Road as Chantry boy fires in late leveller

Macauley Bonne marked his debut for his hometown Club with a stoppage time equaliser as Town began the 2021/22 season with an entertaining draw against Morecambe.

Goals from Cole Stockton, either side of Scott Fraser's first goal for the Blues, looked to have the visitors on the way to three points but Bonne popped up late on to see the opening game end honours even.

Before kick-off, both sets of fans took part in a minute's applause to remember the late Paul Mariner, with other tributes taking place on the day for one of the Club's true greats.

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Paul Cook awarded debuts to eight of the summer signings made so far - Vaclav Hladky, Matt Penney, Rekeem Harper, Lee Evans, Wes Burns, Conor Chaplin, Fraser and Joe Pigott all being named in the starting XI.

Toto Nsiala, Luke Woolfenden and Kane Vincent-Young completed the starting line up.

Town, backed by a vocal Portman Road crowd, went close to an early goal as Evans' free-kick from 30 yards fell just wide of the post.

The Blues weren't far away again 10 minutes later as Pigott headed Fraser's in-swinging corner onto the roof of the net with the 'keeper beaten.

It was Morecambe, however, who took the lead on 22 minutes as Stockton worked his way into the box before firing past Hladky into the back of the net.

Another Fraser corner nearly saw Town level five minutes later but Nsiala's header bounced wide of the mark.

Morecambe continued to be a threat on the counter attack, Stockton's low curling effort deflecting wide via the leg of Nsiala.

Nsiala came off with what looked to be a hamstring injury, Janoi Donacien coming on in his place five minutes after the visitors had an enforced change of their own with Ryan Delaney making way.

Penney could only fire into the side-netting from the left corner of the box as Cook's side continued to probe the away defence.

Pigott saw his effort from 25 yards palmed around the post as Town looked for an early second-half leveller.

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The Blues equalised with just over an hour played as Fraser played a slick one-two with Chaplin before firing into the far corner.

Just as Town looked to be getting in control of the match, Morecambe regained their lead, Stockton rounding Hladky before slotting in his second of the game.

Chantry boy Bonne, off the bench in place of Chaplin, slid the ball under Kyle Letheren to claim a point late on.

Booked: O'Connor, Gibson, Evans, Norwood.

Town: Hladky, Vincent-Young, Nsiala (Donacien 38), Woolfenden, Penney, Harper, Evans, Burns, Chaplin (Bonne 78), Fraser, Pigott (Norwood 78).

Subs: Holy, Dobra, El Mizouni, Barry.

Morecambe: Letheren, O'Connor, McDonald (Ayunga 62), Diagouraga, Stockton, Delaney (Lavelle 33), McLoughlin, Cooney, Gibson, Gnahoua (Leigh 76), McCalmont.

Subs: Andresson, Mellor, Jones, Phillips.

Attendance: 21,037.

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