Goalkeeper signs deal as squad takes shape

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Kevin Wilson took steps to strengthen Ilkeston FC’s last line of defence this week with the signing of former Manchester City goalkeeper Ashley Timms.

The Robins relied mainly on loan signings last season to fill the goalkeeping position but Timms, 26, has signed a one-year deal after impressing in friendly games.

And although the Lancastrian has been accompanied by his fair share of controversy so far in his career, with two jail terms for blackmail and then fraud behind him, manager Wilson is keen to give the stopper another chance.

He said: “People make mistakes and then other people are quick to judge them, but we all deserve opportunities to put things right and Ashley looks to be a good goalkeeper with a very good pedigree who I feel will benefit the club.

“He knows that if he steps out of line then I’ll be the first to come down on him like a ton of bricks, but I’m confident he’ll let his football do the talking.

“I’m still hoping to bring in another goalkeeper on a permanent basis as I’m keen to have good competition for places, but it’s good to have secured at least one for the time being.”

Also signing is midfielder Dion Chambers, who began his career at Swansea City and has also appeared for Neath, Eastwood Town and Hucknall Town in recent seasons.

Meanwhile, Wilson was disappointed with the display his side put in against a young Notts County side on Saturday.

The Robins lost 2-1 and Wilson felt the positive signs from the draw with Sheffield United three days before had not been built on.

“We moved the ball well against Sheffield United and Leek but it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes or so against Notts that we did similar,” he said.

“We were lacklustre and need to improve but that’s what pre-season is for. We go to Gresley on Saturday which will be a useful test and we still have to work on things like shape, organisation and set pieces.”

Ilkeston faced Burton Albion on Tuesday night after the Advertiser went to press. See www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk for details.