Confident display sees Robins beat New Mills

James Reid (left) volleys home Ilkeston's third goal against New Mills on Saturday.
James Reid (left) volleys home Ilkeston's third goal against New Mills on Saturday.

ilkeston continued their fine run of form with what was a largely comfortable home win over New Mills on Saturday.

Evo-Stik Division One South

ILKESTON FC 3

Gary Ricketts 21

Sam Duncum 36

James Reid 48

NEW MILLS 1

Leon Grandison 75

by Mark Duffy

ilkeston continued their fine run of form with what was a largely comfortable home win over New Mills on Saturday.

The question mark came from a sleepy final half-hour which saw the visitors pull a goal back and threaten a few times to leave us with a grandstand finish, a fact not lost on Robins boss Kevin Wilson who afterwards expressed his displeasure at Ilkeston’s ‘foot of the gas’ attitude.

But in the main this was a job well done and put to bed one or two demons from the previous home game against Loughborough Dynamo.

The Robins came millimetres away from opening the scoring in the third minute. as James Reid’s exceptional free-kick from 30 yards out beat keeper James Coates but hit the underside of the bar and bounced just in front of the goal line before being cleared.

Matt Richards and Jack Watts were also close to a goal soon afterwards, before the opener finally came on 21 minutes when Reid picked up a short corner from Richards before putting in an excellent cross to the back post where a diving Gary Ricketts headed home.

It was 2-0 on 36 with a goal which came thanks to some poor defending, as David Chadwick made a hash of controlling a pass back to him and Duncum was able to take it on before finishing well past Coates.

New Mills’ first effort on target came a minute later when Mark Innes shot low at Ben Gathercole, before Reid missed a glaring chance to make it three on 44 when he had a clear shot at goal from the edge of the penalty area but placed his shot wide of Coates’ right-hand post.

However, it took just two-and-a-half minutes of the second period for the third to arrive and this time Reid was able to find the net rather than an advertising hoarding, volleying home Duncum’s cross at the back post to effectively end the game as a contest.

The fourth was inches away on 52, a combination of Ricketts and a defender hitting the crossbar from about six yards out, a corner being awarded.

Then, as the sun went down, Ilkeston’s players seemingly went cold as the visitors enjoyed a lively end to the game.

Anthony Field saw an effort turned around the post by Gathercole and also saw a free-kick go too high, while striker Ashley Stott then tried a free-kick of his own which took a huge deflection before going wide off the foot of the post.

Signs of life at the other end came when Richards’ tenacity then took him from touchline to the edge of the box before he fired wide on 66 minutes, while Joe Maguire had a couple of efforts also drift past the post.

But New Mills then got a goal back, Field threading a ball through to Leon Grandison who finished well with 15 minutes to go.

And the visitors were suddenly looking dangerous, Ben Deegan going very close with an effort from six yards out just moments later, and then seeing a goal disallowed after he’d challenged on the goal line for an aerial ball which, along with Gathercole, ended up in the net.

But in the end Ilkeston saw the game out, sub Daryll Thomas seeing a shot pushed wide by Coates late on, and the points were safe.

Ilkeston: 1 Ben Gathercole 2 James Cullingworth 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Joe Maguire 5 Dan Partridge 6 Josh Hill 7 Jack Watts 8 Matt Richards 9 Gary Ricketts (Tyrell Waite 90) 10 James Reid (Daryll Thomas 82) 11 Sam Duncum (Joe Wilcox 82) Subs not used: Darren Caskey, Scott Low Att: 514

Ref: M Billingham (Stourbridge)

Star Robin: James Reid