Robins aim to carry momentum into league

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Ilkeston FC will head back into league action this weekend on the crest of a wave after their excellent form continued in the FA Cup.

The 4-2 win over Gresley FC on Saturday made it three wins on the bounce, all of them coming in cup competitions over the last couple of weeks.

And with the Robins now sitting fourth from bottom in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and having only picked up one league win all season, manager Kevin Wilson is keen to see their cup form carry into the league as they prepare to host Stocksbridge this weekend and visit Stafford Rangers next Tuesday.

He said: “Stocksbridge had a great result at Grantham on Saturday so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for them and can produce the kind of performance we have been in the cups.

“Those games have shown we’re really not far from where we want to be and we just need to translate it all into points now.”

Saturday’s win against Gresley sets up a fourth qualifying round tie at divisional rivals AFC Fylde on October 20, with the Robins now just one match away from a potential tie against a league club in the first round proper.

And Wilson was thrilled with the manner with which his team disposed of their Derbyshire opponents.

“It was a great result and great performance. It was only the two world class goals from Marc Goodfellow that kept them in the tie although they gave us a few scares at 3-2,” he said.

“But we created lots of chances throughout and some of the football was great to watch.

“We still need to work on our end product a little as I didn’t think we tested the goalkeeper enough in the end. but it was a great day and of course brings some more important revenue into the club.”

The Robins added two more strikers to their ranks before the Gresley game, with former Aston Villa and Watford trainee Dereece Gardner making a lively five-minute debut from the bench and Jordan Smith, signed from Stamford, having to wait in the wings due to being cup tied.

Wilson added: “Dereece was recommended to me by my old team-mate Dalian Atkinson and it’s a great opportunity for him.

“Jordan is strong and powerful and a player I’ve tracked for some time. He scored 15 times for Corby in the Conference North last year and will also offer good pace up front.”