Wilson remains positive ahead of FA Trophy tie

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ILKESTON FC manager Kevin Wilson witnessed two contrasting encounters at the New Manor Ground this week but declared: “We’re right where we want to be.”

ILKESTON FC manager Kevin Wilson witnessed two contrasting encounters at the New Manor Ground this week but declared: “We’re right where we want to be.”

The comfortable 4-1 win over Romulus on Saturday was followed by a frustrating 0-0 draw with Coalville Town two days later, results which put the Robins back on top of the Evo-Stik Division One South table.

That was aided by defeats for fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield FC and Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday night, all of which left Wilson feeling a bit better about Monday’s goalless draw.

He said: “When you consider that the performance wasn’t up to scratch against Coalville and then two of our rivals at the top both lost on Tuesday, you have to be happy with four points from those two games.

“Whereas things fell into place nicely on Saturday, we didn’t create anywhere near enough chances on Monday night and in the end you have to see it as a point gained, as I think Coalville left pretty disappointed that they hadn’t won the game.

“But we’re still top of the table which is obviously where we want to be and we will still be there when the next set of league matches come around.

“The other results helped us of course but I prefer to concentrate on us and we just need to keep going and picking up the points.”

FA Trophy

Ilkeston will play their fourth home game in succession this weekend when Stockport-based Woodley Sports visit in the FA Trophy.

The Cheshire outfit play at the same level as Ilkeston, currently sitting fifth in Evo-Stik Division One North, and Wilson is expecting a tough encounter.

“They’re a bit of an unknown quantity as I’d planned to attend their game at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night but got delayed on the motorway so couldn’t get there,” he said.

“But they’re doing well in their division and given they play their home games on a 3G artificial surface you’d expect them to get the ball down and play it around, so it will be an interesting game.”

On the personnel front, Wilson still hopes to have a new midfielder signed up by the weekend, particularly with player/assistant manager Darren Caskey expected to be out for the next six weeks with a hamstring injury picked up against Coalville.

Ilkeston are scheduled to travel to New Mills in the High Peak for a league game on Monday, but this will be postponed should an FA Trophy replay be required.

l The Ilkeston Football Club Supporters Group are holding a fundraising Race Night at the Sir John Warren on Ilkeston Market Place on Friday, November 11.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The first race is being shown at 8pm so arrive in good time. All proceeds from the event go to the IFCSG.