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Robins are beaten at Macclesfield in eight goal thriller

Saturday 17th February 2024 – Northern Premier League

Macclesfield 5-3 Ilkeston Town

 

Robbie Savage was elated after his teams comeback win against Ilkeston but it could have been different had the Robins not been reduced to ten players when leading 3-2. Macclesfield finally pressed home their player advantage in the final five minutes after a valiant effort to keep them out.

The match started at a frantic pace. A Lindon Meikle effort hit the post before Macclesfield swept down the other end and had the ball in the net but chalked off for offside. Then on 5 minutes they did score through Tunde Owolabi who burst down the left side before firing past Matt Yates. Two minutes later ilkeston were level through Tom Cursons stabbing home following a corner. Macclesfield then found the net again but this time it was disallowed for a foul in the build up. Ilkeston went up the other end and Jamie Walker was inches wide from an acute angle with keeper Dylan Berry stranded. All of that happened in a very lively opening 10 minutes. On 19 minutes Ilkeston were ahead through Jonathan Wafula’s perfectly placed header from Declan Eratt-Thompsons cross. Just before half time John Rooney levelled for Macclesfield with a superb drilled shot into the far corner of the net.

Macclesfield started the second half strongly but it was Ilkeston who regained the lead with a stunning free kick from some 35 yards out by Tom Marshall to the delight of the drenched Ilkeston fans behind that goal. Two minutes later though Jamie Walker received a second yellow and was dismissed. There then followed an all out assault on the ilkeston goal and on the hour Matt Yates made an amazing double save first from Lewis Fensomes header then from Owolabis follow up. On 70 minutes Owolabi was close again when his effort rattled the Ilkeston post and then the same player saw another attempt cleared off the line as Macclesfield turned up the heat. The equaliser finally came when Sam Heathcote was brought down by Luke Cox and Rooney converted the penalty on 75 minutes.  Macclesfield went ahead on 85 minutes through Owolabi before Rooney completed his hat-trick wrapping up for game for the Silkmen on 88 minutes.

Written by – John Attewell

MATCH REPORT | Ilkeston Town 2-3 Lancaster City

Saturday 10th February 2024 – Northern Premier League

Ilkeston Town 2-3 Lancaster City

 

Lancaster gained revenge for a 4-0 defeat earlier in the season and brought Ilkeston’s five match unbeaten run to an end.

The game started brightly with both teams looking for goals. A fine run by Jamie Walker created a chance for Tom Cursons whose shot was blocked by a defender. Lindon Meikle then won a corner which brought the opening goal on 11 minutes. The corner was taken by defender Sam Parker whose in-swinger found a way into the far corner of the net. Lancaster twice had efforts disallowed for offside but they were soon to pull level through a David Norris close range header on 19 minutes. Then in the blink of an eye they were ahead. This time it was a well taken strike by Charlie Bailey from the edge of the area into the corner of the net. Ilkeston retaliated and great play by Ben Starkie created a real chance for Cursons but he blazed over. Starkie produced another penetrating run forward but he too couldn’t keep his shot from flying over the bar so an entertaining first half ended with City ahead. 

Within two minutes of the restart Lancaster had doubled their lead with Bailey scoring again. Ilkeston set about retrieving the situation  but risked being punished by City’s counter attacking. Meikle created another opportunity for Cursons but again his effort was too high. Declan Eratt-Thompson then had his shot pushed round the post by the busy visiting keeper, Andre Mendes. Walker was next to threaten when his effort whistled by the post. City were defending well and Norris nearly made it 4-1 from a counter attack but he pulled his attempt just wide.  Five minutes from time Tom Marshall unleashed a 30 yarder which Mendes did well to turn past the post but Ilkeston’s pressure finally brought a reward in the closing minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Meikle was brought down in the area. Mendes parried Tom Marshall’s first attempt but couldn’t keep out his follow up. Lancaster saw out the added time and victory was theirs.

 

Written by – John Attewell

MATCH PROGRAMME v Lancaster City

programme v Lancaster

 

The Robins play their 15th home game of the season as we welcome Lancaster City to the Microlise New Manor Ground.

Join us in the clubhouse after as we show Nottingham Forest v Newcastle on the big screens!

 

Having drawn 1-1 at home last weekend against Marine AFC, Ian Deakin and his side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Ninth placed Lancaster will be looking to make it three wins in a row following wins over Matlock Town and Bradford PA in recent weeks.

 

Ilkeston Town Form Guide: WWWWD
Lancaster City Form Guide: WLLWW

Match Details:

Saturday, February 10th
Microlise New Manor Ground, DE7 8JF
Adults £12, Concessions £8, U16s FREE

MATCH PREVIEW | Ilkeston Town v Lancaster City

The Robins play their 15th home game of the season as we welcome Lancaster City to the Microlise New Manor Ground.

Join us in the clubhouse after as we show Nottingham Forest v Newcastle on the big screens!

 

Having drawn 1-1 at home last weekend against Marine AFC, Ian Deakin and his side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Ninth placed Lancaster will be looking to make it three wins in a row following wins over Matlock Town and Bradford PA in recent weeks.

 

Ilkeston Town Form Guide: WWWWD
Lancaster City Form Guide: WLLWW

Match Details:

Saturday, February 10th
Microlise New Manor Ground, DE7 8JF
Adults £12, Concessions £8, U16s FREE

MATCH REPORT | Ilkeston Town 1-1 Marine AFC

Saturday 3rd February 2024 – Northern Premier League

Ilkeston Town 1-1 Marine AFC

 

The match between two teams on winning runs promised to be a close contest and so it turned out. Ilkeston edged the first half and led by a single goal. Marine stormed back in the second half and deservedly equalised but Ilkeston then produced a grandstand finish and almost won the game. Ben Starkie was back from playing for Tanzania in the African Cup of Nations and started for Ilkeston.

Cursons had an early chance after being fed by Walker but placed his shot wide then Finlay Sinclair-Smith fired narrowly over for Marine after cutting inside. Ilkeston went ahead on 28 minutes following a penetrating forward run by L‘Varn Brandy and finished off from close range by Tom Cursons. Two minutes later Jamie Walker hit a spectacular effort against Marine’s post from 25 yards. Marine were under the cosh but gradually they recovered and nearly found an equaliser when Sol Soloman’s in swinging corner clipped the far post. Just before half time another fine attacking run by Brandy almost produced a second Ilkeston goal.

Marine started the second half with much more determination and Matt Yates had to save early efforts from Harvey Gregson and Sinclair-Smith. Marine kept up the pressure and on 70 mins the threatened equaliser arrived when Solomon scored with a fine first time volley from the edge of the area. Ilkeston responded and a great run forward by Walker which took him all the way into the box but was ended by a brilliant last ditch tackle. That signalled a big push for a winner which saw Marine hanging on. A superb effort by Starkie was pushed round the post by Luke Hutchinson and Callum Minkley saw his effort cleared off the line by Matty Waters as Marine survived a couple of desperate goalmouth scrambles. With just a few minutes of normal time left, Marine keeper Hutchinson had to leave the field with an injury leaving substitute keeper Richard Cowderoy to see out six minutes of added time. Marine were happy to take a point which keeps them second in the table after Ilkeston were denied a late late winner when Tom Marshall’s free kick thudded against the post.

 

Written by – John Attewell

Wafula is a Robin!

We are delighted to announce the signing of Jonathan Wafula pending Northern Premier League and FA approval.

The 29-year-old forward joins Ian Deakin’s side from Basford United.

Pending approval, the former Chesterfield, Worksop, Boston and Matlock forward will be available this weekend for our home game against Marine AFC.

 

Welcome to the Microlise New Manor Ground, Jonathan.

Robins make it four wins on the bounce with a 2-0 win away at Stafford

Saturday 27th January 2024 – Northern Premier League

Stafford Rangers 0-2 Ilkeston Town

A Tom Cursons brace enabled Ilkeston to record a fourth win on the spin against desperate relegation threatened opponents, Stafford Rangers. Ilkeston dominated the first half but Rangers gave it a real go after half time. 

Ilkeston started strongly and Cursons forced Cameron Belford into an early save. Cursons then saw a shot go too high before Jamie Walker saw his effort saved. Sean Cooke replied for Stafford with a volley over the bar then Walker was close again with a shot pushed round the post by Belford The hosts main threat came from speedy winger Tyreece Onyeka and he created an opportunity for A-Jay Leitch-Smith whose shot was blocked. Declan Eratt-Thompson forced Belford into an excellent diving save at the foot of his post. Then just before half time, Sam Parker’s cross was met by Like Cox whose  header was just wide as Ilkeston couldn’t turn their superiority into goals. 

Stafford made a much better start to the second half. An Ethan Stewart effort flew over the bar before Ilkeston had a fortunate escape when a close range shot was blocked by Parker and the loose ball was scrambled away. Then on the hour Ilkeston went ahead with a counter attack. Eratt-Thompson carried the ball a long way before releasing Cursons who got his shot past Belford at the second attempt. On 73 minutes Ilkeston survived another goalmouth scramble with some brave defending and a goal line clearance as Stafford pushed for a leveller but on 80 minutes Cursons doubled Ilkeston’s lead. Again it was from a counter attack and the goal ended Stafford’s hopes of rescuing a point. Ilkeston dominated the final stages with Cursons twice going close to completing a hat-trick. Simon Njaria’s header for Rangers was just wide then Walker nearly had the final say with a terrific effort which flew inches wide with Belford beaten.

Written by – John Attewell

ROBINS BEAT BASFORD 4-1 IN LOCAL DERBY

Saturday 20th January 2024 – Northern Premier League

Ilkeston Town 4-1 Basford United

A Jamie Walker hat-trick helped Ilkeston to a third consecutive win as local rivals Basford United were taken apart. The 1360 crowd saw Ilkeston score early and then dominate the rest of the game. 

In the first minute Connor Dixon cut through the Basford defence and was only denied by a brilliant Kieran Preston save tipping his shot round the post. A couple of minutes later Ilkeston scored through Walker after Basford failed to clear. Ilkeston continued on top and a Luke Cox header was too high. Basford’s best chance was a close range header by Remaye Campbell which Matt Yates did well to save. Ilkeston’s main threat was L’Varn Brandy down the left and after a succession of corners one finally paid off with Walker scoring his second on 32 minutes. The best goal of the game was scored by Declan Eratt-Thompson who was found by Lindon Meikle. Eratt-Thompson still had plenty to do but he drove forward and created some space before lashing his low drive past Preston from the edge of the area. A 3-0 half time lead was no less than Ilkeston deserved.

There was a bizarre moment at the start of the second half when Tom Cursons appeared to score Ilkeston’s fourth. The celebrations took place and the goal was announced then a good 30 seconds after the referee appeared to have a change of mind and the goal was disallowed for offside. Another Cursons effort was deflected wide by Kieran Fenton. Yates was then in action at the other end saving from James Revarnelle. A superb touch of skill from Eratt-Thompson put Brandy through on goal but Preston denied him. Walker completed his hat-trick ten minutes from time confidently firing past Preston after being found by Alex Marshall. On 87 minutes Basford pulled one back following Matthew Thornhill’s free kick when Nathan Tyson’s follow up just crossed the line before being cleared. In added time Basford’s misery was complete when Owen Betts was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Written by – John Attewell

Robins beat Worksop in only their second loss at home this season

Saturday 13th January 2024 – Northern Premier League

Worksop Town 1-2 Ilkeston Town

 

Ilkeston produced probably their best performance of the season to stun promotion contenders Worksop Town. The hosts had only been beaten at home once in the last two seasons but goals by L’Varn Brandy and Jamie Walker gave Ilkeston a deserved win. Keeper Matthew Yates played a big part in keeping out Worksop’s high scoring attack when the hosts threw everything at Ilkeston in the closing stages

A fast start saw both teams look for an early goal. Jay Rollins fired wide for Worksop in the opening minute and Walker had two quick fire efforts blocked inside the area for Ilkeston. Jordan Burrow glanced a header wide of the post before Ilkeston replied through Tom Cursons who forced Seb Malkowski to save at full stretch. Worksop went ahead with a looping header from Burrow on 11 minutes but Ilkeston levelled two minutes later when Brandy was perfectly placed to prod home Connor Dixon’s cross at the far post. The best move of the game involving Cursons and Dixon ended with Malkowski denying Dixon a spectacular finish with an outstretched foot. Malkowski was soon in action again pushing Tom Marshall’s free kick round the post.

On 53 minutes Worksop had a goal disallowed for offside. Ilkeston went up the other end and Walker headed them into the lead. Cursons nearly doubled the lead when he got past Malkowski but he couldn’t find the net from the tight angle. Worksop made a big effort to rescue the game in the final 20 minutes and Yates and the Ilkeston defence had to be at their best. On 83 minutes Yates made two unbelievable saves to deny Rollins. Luke Hall  then had a chance but put his shot wide before Yates did really well to hold on to Alecs Starcenko’s low drive. Deep into added time Ilkeston’s keeper denied Burrow with yet another outstanding save after Vaughn Redford’s back heel had created the opportunity.. Ilkeston threatened to make the game safe on several occasions with counter attacks but Malkowski like Yates was in superb form between the posts.

 

Written by – John Attewell

Photo by – Worksop Town

Meikle is a Robin

Experienced forward Lindon Meikle joins the Robins from Tamworth who currently sit top of the National League North.

The former Mansfield, Barrow, Macclesfield, York and Buxton forward is available for tomorrow’s trip to Worksop Town.