SUBSTITUTE Ryan Wade struck eight minutes from time as Northwich Victoria earned an FA Trophy replay with Ilkeston FC.
FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Round
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 1
Ryan Wade 81
ILKESTON FC 1
Joe Wilcox 58
by Mark Duffy
SUBSTITUTE Ryan Wade struck eight minutes from time to earn Northwich an FA Trophy replay with Ilkeston FC. .
It was a stunning strike from a player who had been denied what looked a stonewall penalty minutes earlier after apparently being fouled by young Robins keeper Alex Archer, a yellow card for diving the baffling decision made by referee Mr Brooks.
What preceded all of that was a game largely dictated by the hosts but which Ilkeston always looked as though they could steal, particularly when Joe Wilcox headed them into a 58th minute lead.
In fact, their first attack of the game had seen new boy James Reid pick out Wilcox who couldn’t divert a header on target, though that combination would prove far more fruitful later on.
Archer was able to deny long range efforts from Tom Field and John Disney in the first-half, while Wayne Riley and Michael Clarke also went close with headers that drifted just wide.
Daryll Thomas worked hard throughout and should have put his side in front when sent through one-on-one with keeper Ben Hinchliffe who parried his first effort and then repeated the trick when Thomas volleyed the rebound straight at him.
Ryan Wilson had to be on hand to head away from danger on the goalline as Clarke threatened to nod home Field’s cross, while Riley and Wilcox both saw shots flash wide at opposite ends.
But it was to be the Robins who would break the deadlock just before the hour mark.
After a good break forward the ball found Reid in space out wide who placed a perfect cross onto the head of Wilcox six yards out and the winger dived in to guide his effort wide of Hinchliffe and into the net.
But it was to be the arrival of subs Chris Budrys and Wade that would prove Ilkeston’s undoing on 81 minutes.
A long ball was nodded down by Budrys and Wade smashed a fine half volley past the powerless Archer from 25 yards out to make it 1-1.
And that was to be the final action despite a couple of late breaks from the Robins which came to nothing, and a replay was secured.
Ilkeston: 1 Alex Archer 2 James Cullingworth 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Matt Richards 5 Josh Hill 6 Joe Maguire 7 Joe Wilcox 8 Ashley Robinson 9 Tyrell Waite (Liam Green 86) 10 Daryll Thomas (c) 11 James Reid. Subs not used: Adam Colton, Dan Partridge, Gerome Palmer, Josh Wisdom
Att: 451 Ref: J Brooks
Star Robin: James Reid
The replay will take place tonight (Monday) at Ilkeston’s New Manor Ground, kick-off 7.45pm. Normal league admission prices apply and it is ‘all pay’.