Three goals in eight second-half minutes denied Ilkeston the chance to pull off a shock win at promotion-chasing Stourbridge on Monday night.
The Robins led through Anthony Dwyer’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but Stourbridge levelled with 15 minutes left before going on to secure the points and plunge Ilkeston even further into the relegation mire.
The hosts began strongly with Leon Broadhurst having an effort deflected wide and then Dale Eve producing a good save to deny Ethan Jones, Jordan Archer heading the rebound over the top.
Dwyer was consistently Ilkeston’s biggest threat and shot into the side netting on 17 minutes after breaking away down the left, before a string of four Robins corners culminated in the ball dropping onto the crossbar and out of play.
Dwyer saw a shot blocked by Dan Preston while Archer headed over at the other end, but it would be Ilkeston who would take a surprise lead right on half-time.
Charlie Scanlon swung a free-kick in from the right which found Dwyer totally unmarked at the back post and he headed home.
Stourbridge proceeded to dominate the second-half, Ilkeston defending well for much of it combined with the hosts’ poor finishing.
Indeed, Dwyer should have made it 2-0 on the hour mark when Dwyer was sent clear but his lob over the keeper also cleared the crossbar.
The tide finally began to turn on 74 minutes when Dante Leverock brought down Archer for a penalty kick, Luke Benbow firing powerfully into the corner of the net.
Within four minutes it was 2-1, Benbow the creator this time as he crossed low for Luke Rodgers to score.
The win was then wrapped up on 83 minutes when a free-kick was headed against the crossbar but Preston was on hand to score from a couple of yards out, and despite missing further chances the hosts’ win was secured
Ilkeston: Eve, Thornberry, Scanlon, Leverock, Baker, Bather, Head, Gordon, Dwyer (Rose 73), Gamblen (Atkinson 73), Horne. Subs not used: Hannis, Tyrell.