Cousins do the damage in a return to winning ways

Laurie Wilson strikes his first-half penalty but it was well saved by keeper Jon Brain. Pic by Rob Stephenson.

Laurie Wilson strikes his first-half penalty but it was well saved by keeper Jon Brain. Pic by Rob Stephenson.

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Ilkeston FC 3 Nantwich Town 0

Ilkeston FC provided a fine display of attacking football to secure their first win in six games at home to Nantwich Town on Monday night.

They could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty during the first-half as they went on to secure a welcome victory and revenge for an early-season defeat to the Dabbers back in August.

The match took a little while to get going, indeed it was 12 minutes before any notable effort on goal, Aaron Hooton’s shot deflected towards keeper Jon Brain who pushed it away well.

James Reid and Matt Richards both saw half chances miss the target but the latter was to put the Robins ahead on 21 minutes.

A corner caused some panic in the Nantwich six-yard box and when the ball eventually came to Richards just outside the penalty area he side-footed a fine effort into the top corner to open the scoring.

Hooton then smashed an effort against the bar as the Robins sought to extend their lead, while at the other end Simon Everall saw his shot saved well by Chris Martin’s legs.

The golden opportunity for 2-0 came on 40 minutes when Jack Watts was fouled by former Robin Chris Jones and a penalty was awarded, but Brain got down well to his right to push away Laurie Wilson’s low spot-kick.

Kane Richards had been introduced for the injured Reid before half-time and he was to have a lively second-half, creating two early chances that Kieran O’Connell and Jack Watts saw saved.

But two goals in three minutes then effectively ended the match as a contest.

First, O’Connell did well down the right before cutting the ball back from the byline and Matt Richards slid home from 12 yards out.

Then the scorer’s cousin Kane did all the hard work for goal three, a teasing run down the right ending with a ball into the six-yard box that took a deflection on its way to O’Connell but the young striker was able to guide in his first Robins goal from three yards out.

O’Connell saw another effort well tipped over by Brain on 69 minutes, before Nantwich, who always looked like they may have a goal in them, came closest to getting one when Joe Guest’s long range strike struck the crossbar.

Kyle Wilson then tested Martin who saved well, while at the other end Matt Richards’ free-kick was too high as he sought a hat-trick and Hooton somehow missed a sitter when heading wide from five yards in stoppage time, but the damage had been comprehensively done.

Tuesday, March 4, 2013

Ilkeston: 1 Chris Martin 2 Dan Partridge 3 Jake Wholey 4 Laurie Wilson 5 Joe Maguire (James Cullingworth 82) 6 Russell Cooke (c) 7 James Reid (Kane Richards 45) 8 Jack Watts 9 Aaron Hooton 10 Kieran O’Connell (Ryan Wilson 87) 11 Matt Richards. Subs not used: Alex Ford, Gary Ricketts

Scorers: M Richards 21, 52, O’Connell 54

Nantwich: 1 Jon Brain 2 Chris Jones (Aaron Cole 67) 3 Chris Bailey (Kyle Wilson 74) 4 Alex Meaney 5 Ryan Dicker 6 Charles Raglan 7 Niall Maguire 8 Nicky Platt 9 Harry Clayton 10 Simon Everall (Brandon Windsor 80) 11 Joe Guest. Subs not used: Casper Hughes, Cameron Ringstead Att: 367

Ref: Marc Perry (Sutton Coldfield)

Star Robin: Matt Richards

by Mark Duffy