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Women’s match has 17 minutes added time after mass brawl in which one player was put in a headlock causes huge delay

Ipswich Town's thrilling 3-3 draw against Enfield descended into chaos just moments before the final whistle following a late challenge

A fiery clash involving Ipswich Town women’s side needed 17 minutes of added time following a mass brawl.

In a thrilling 3-3 draw against Enfield, one player was shown a straight red card after getting a member of the opposition team in a headlock.

Enfield player Tia Bailey was given her marching order for this headlock

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Enfield player Tia Bailey was given her marching order for this headlock

Tensions were already running at half-time with Ipswich 3-0 behind.


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But they staged a comeback in the second period as they went in search of an equaliser with minutes left on the clock.

That was until a huge scuffle broke out following a late tackle on Town defender Laken Duchar-Clark.

Players from both sides joined the melee and it threatened to escalate further when Enfield sub Tia Bailey sensationally snapped and grabbed Mollie DeBell round the neck.

The game required 17 minutes of added time following the delay

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The game required 17 minutes of added time following the delay

Ipswich scored an equaliser in the 117th minute of the contest

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Ipswich scored an equaliser in the 117th minute of the contest

Other players attempted to pull the pair apart before Bailey was given her marching orders.

The drama didn’t end there was Ipswich finding an equaliser in the 107th minute.

Stand-in manager Ralph Pruden said after the contest: “It was totally unnecessary, not for one moment did I want to see Laken struggling on her own.

“Their player reacted and was very aggressive. There was a couple of players getting involved and it didn’t need to happen.”

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