Ricketts’ late show wins it for Robins

Gary Ricketts (left), who would later score Ilkeston FC's late winner, is challenged by Market Drayton's Andy Hartlebury at the New Manor Ground on Monday night.
Gary Ricketts (left), who would later score Ilkeston FC's late winner, is challenged by Market Drayton's Andy Hartlebury at the New Manor Ground on Monday night.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Evo-Stik Division One South


Gary Ricketts 82


by Mark Duffy

GARY Ricketts struck eight minutes from time to earn Ilkeston their third win in four matches and dispose of Shropshire side Market Drayton on Monday night.

It was just reward in a game the hosts had dominated but in which poor finishing was their main downfall - just two days after hitting four goals at Loughborough.

Yet it was the visitors who had the first opening after just 40 seconds when when Josh Hill misjudged a bouncing ball through the middle but Luke Reynolds volleyed over the bar when he had plenty of time.

Ilkeston responded when Joe Wilcox’s deep cross was met on the volley by Will McCall at the far post and his effort flashed across goal, just missing Ricketts in the process.

Daryll Thomas twice had visiting keeper Andy Pryce gathering efforts and McCall let fly once more after breaking forward but his shot was wide of the target.

Adam Colton was next to show as he cut in from the left and hit a shot which Pryce pushed around the post, before on 21 minutes the visitors nearly went ahead but Tom Rodgers’ cross was headed straight at Aaron Butcher by Reynolds.

McCall threatened again a minute later as his right foot shot was parried by Pryce, but Ilkeston then lost the influential winger injured on the half hour mark, replaced by Russell Peel who was to prove equally as dangerous throughout the remainder of the match.

Indeed, Peel’s first major action was to chip in a cross which nearly found the net but Pryce tipped the ball over the top as the score remained goalless at half-time.

Ricketts and Joe Wilcox both wasted good opportunities just after the break, before the visitors again missed a fine chance when sub Martin Davies theaded against the bar with his first touch following a corner on the left.

Ilkeston’s left-back James Cullingworth cut in on his right foot and curled over the bar, and Market Drayton’s second sub, Stuart Ellis, then managed to break through into the penalty area but when the time came to shoot he completely missed the ball, twice, and Butcher gratefully gathered.

Peel again produced some good work to win the ball 40 yards out before running into the box and curling his effort too high, while Ellis volleyed a fine effort first time into the side netting for Market Drayton, who while no doubt happy to still be in the game also fancied snatching a goal themselves.

But the winner finally came for the hosts in somewhat scrappy fashion on 82 minutes. A corner resulted in a scramble in front of goal, and when Liam Green’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by Pryce, Ricketts forced the ball home to the relief of the home supporters who celebrated the deserved, if somewhat narrow, victory.

Ilkeston: 1 Aaron Butcher 2 Joe Wilcox 3 James Cullingworth, 4 Adam Colton 5 Josh Hill 6 Dan Partridge 7 Kristian Cox (Darren Caskey 79) 8 Liam Green (c) 9 Daryll Thomas 10 Daryll Thomas 11 Will McCall (Russell Peel 31)

Subs not used: Tyrell Waite, Josh Wisdom, Ryan Swift (GK)

Ref: T Harty

Att: 475

Star Man: Russell Peel