Malachi Lavelle-Moore’s stoppage time winner cemented a fourth win in five league games as Ilkeston grabbed three points in a thriller at Owen Street.
Ilkeston rotated the formation for the visit to Owen Street with Anthony Dwyer and Malachi Lavelle-Moore both starting in attack, Ben Morris sat in behind with Haydn Goddard, Luis Rose and Mark Shelton sitting in a midfield three.
From the start the game began with a slight tension, the midfield was congested and both sides were aiming to hold onto the ball.
Liam Walshe had the first effort which went wide of the far post. But with nine minutes gone, the Robins opened the scoring; a wonderful ball through sent Lavelle-Moore through who showed composure to roll the ball under Matthew Conton to send the Robins into the lead.
Ilkeston began to hit their stride with Rory Coleman pinging balls overo to Dwyer but alert defending prevented further damage.
Shelton then had a near post effort saved by Conton, however Ilkeston doubled the lead on 24 minutes, a great cross from Coleman landed onto the head of Rose who guided his header into the corner to put the Robins in a seemingly unassailable position.
30 seconds later, the Ravens pulled one back, Alex Troke planted a half volley into the corner from the edge of the box to give the hosts belief. Coalville began to spray the ball around with confidence and soon Ilkeston sat further back and allowed space for the Ravens to operate.
Troke had a looping header go over the bar before the hosts equalised.
Nat Watson converted from close range after the Robins failed to deal with a strike from Callum Woodward which bounced around in the box.
The second half presented limited openings in the game, the Robins started well and responded to the drop in intensity in the first half by applying pressure early in the second.
Shelton hit a venomous strike which Conton had to tip over before Coleman swung a dangerous corner in but Coalville stood up well.
Foster headed a chance straight at the Coalville goalkeeper before a huge talking point in the game arrived after 63 minutes.
Dexter Atkinson received a straight red card for challenging for the ball but using his elbow to aid his jump and thus lead into the defender. The referee deemed the offence a red card to the bewilderment of all associated with the Robins.
Paul Holland’s change didn’t have the desired effect and soon Ilkeston sunk back and utilised the counter attack.
The referee decisions soon became a point which both teams were desperate for; with each late tackle, goal kick and even throw in disputed aggressively by both sides.
With time running out and a draw looking likely with the lack of openings, in stoppage time one of the great moments of Ilkeston’s season and one of the greatest goals scored by an Ilkeston player gave the Robins three points.
Lavelle-Moore picked the ball up from around 35-40 yards, flicked the ball into the air, turned and smacked a unbelievable strike into the top corner of the goal which looped over Corton.
It was arguably a goal of the season contender from Malachi and Ilkeston recorded their fourth win in five in stunning fashion. Next, is Barwell in the FA trophy on Saturday at the NMG; kick off 3pm.
Ilkeston FC Starting XI: Ross Durrant, Jak Kenworthy, Rory Coleman, Ben Morris (Jaylon Bather 88), Matt Baker(c), Luke Foster, Luis Rose, Mark Shelton, Anthony Dwyer (Dexter Atkinson 59), Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Haydn Goddard.
Subs Not Used: Connor Walters, Brandon Clarke, Reid Owen.