Ilkeston FC 3 Pinxton 0
Ilkeston progresed comfortably into the fourth round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Monday night at the expense of Central Midlands League side Pinxton.
The visitors worked hard throughout but ultimately lacked the quality in the final third to do any major damage on a pitch that gathered more and more frost as the very cold evening went on.
It’s testament to the quality of the Ilkeston squad that a team largely consisting of fringe players was still, on paper, a strong one.
Of the starters, only keeper Ryan Swift, full-back Jan Yeomans and midfielder Mike Williams hadn’t featured in the first team this season, while Laurie Wilson got a game as he was keen to boost his match fitness after a recent spell away.
The teams traded half chances early on, Dereece Gardner wide from distance for Ilkeston and low efforts from Pinxton’s Wayne Cooke and Darren Bettison both straight at Swift.
But the Robins took the lead on ten minutes on the counter attack. An offside flag against Pinxton wasn’t spotted by the referee and it was probably just as well because Ilkeston broke and Smith fed Russell Peel who finished well into the far corner from 20 yards out.
Ilkeston then had the ball in the net twice more but both were ruled out for offside. Peel and Smith were those denied - the former somewhat harshly after Gardner appeared to be fouled by keeper Mark Frost as he knocked the ball past him, Peel then deemed offside as he rolled it home.
Wilson’s free-kick was headed just wide by Smith on 35 minutes, before Pinxton’s Jay Cooper nearly levelled at the other end after battling through two challenges but he fired too high when in a good position.
The Robins made it two just before half-time, as another set-piece delivery from out wide by Wilson was hooked home by Gardner with the outside of his right foot.
The second-half didn’t offer too much as Ilkeston seemed to ease down and Pinxton tired, Greg Pearson first to show with a fine volley just wide of the post from Williams’ cross.
Smith then controlled and volleyed Yeomans’ centre but Frost did well to push the powerful effort away, while Darren Bettison’s low drive for the visitors was deflected just past the post.
Williams should have made it three on 79 minutes when, in space, he drove wide following James Reid’s pull back, but the final goal did arrive in injury-time as Smith controlled just outside the penalty area before hitting a low shot into the corner of the net to seal the Robins’ passage through.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Ilkeston: 1 Ryan Swift 2 Joe Wilcox 3 Jan Yeomans 4 Russell Cooke (c) 5 Greg Pearson 6 Mike Williams 7 Laurie Wilson (Brad Gascoigne 90) 8 James Reid 9 Jordan Smith 10 Dereece Gardner (Andrew Osei-Siribour 72) 11 Russell Peel. Subs not used: Grant Tobin, Ben Wallace, Lewis Radcliffe.
Scorers: Peel 10, Gardner 43, Smith 90+2
Pinxton: 1 Mark Frost 2 Josh Parker (Joe Riley 86) 3 Jamie Renshaw 4 Mark Houghton (Matt Brittle 54) 5 Daniel Henshaw 6 Ryan Booker 7 Jay Cooper 8 Darren Bettison 9 Ben Bacon 10 Ben Moore (Danny Hanson 76) 11 Wayne Cooke. Subs not used: James Pearce, James Curry
Att: 182 Ref: Martin Watts
Star Robin: Russell Peel
by Mark Duffy