Ilkeston FC 1 Nottingham Forest XI 2
TWO first-half goals were enough to give a young Forest side victory at the New Manor Ground on Tuesday night
Forest had a couple of half chances early on but the first real threat on goal came eight minutes in when Ilkeston’s Tyrell Waite won the ball and burst into the penalty area but his attempt to get an effort in on goal was blocked by keeper Luke Garton.
Keiron Wallace then volleyed well wide when in a good position for the visitors, before at the other end Ishmael Lammy fed Ryan Wilson whose low effort was parried away by Darlow.
A period of relative inactivity followed before Jack Blake fired an effort straight at Aaron Butcher, but the game was lit up by a fine goal for the visitors on 30 minutes.
The ball was squared to Danny Meadows 25 yards out and he hit a first time curler over the head of Butcher and into the far corner
And the second goal arrived right on half-time when Patrick Bamford’s persistence down the right saw him first of all take the ball from Russell Peel before running in on goal and, from a fairly tight angle, sliding a low shot past Butcher.
Wilson was first to threaten in the second-half with a shot from outside the box which flashed well wide, and moments later Darren Caskey lobbed wide when in a good position.
Waite then burst into the box but a Forest challenge meant his shot on goal was wayward, however Ilkeston had started the second-half brightly, emphasised further when Caskey’s low effort was pushed away by Darlow.
Meadows tried again from distance just after the hour but this time his effort was over the top, and the Robins were to pull one back on 76 minutes.
A corner from the left wasn’t cleared and the ball eventually fell to sub Darryl Thomas who turned it in from close range.
But that was the last major action and the youthful Forest side held on to claim a well-deserved victory.
Ilkeston: 1 Aaron Butcher, 2 Aaron Pride, (Luke Garton 78) 3 Russell Peel, 4 Liam Green (Will Mellors-Blair 78), 5 Jerome Palmer (Laurence Zisarus-Gibson 78), 6 Josh Hill, 7 Ishmael Lammy (Andrew Osei-Siribour 68), 8 Darren Caskey (Adam Colton 58), 9 Tyrell Waite (Gary Ricketts 58), 10 Ryan Wilson (Darryl Thomas 68), 11 Will McCall (Tobin 78)
Forest: 1 Karl Darlow (Ben Gathercole 58), 2 Kieron Freeman, 3 Neill Byrne, 4 David Morgan, 5 Karlton Watson, 6 Jamaal Lascelles, 7 Kostakis Artymatas, 8 Danny Meadows, 9 Patrick Bamford, 10 Jack Blake, 11 Kieron Wallace (Ben Osborne 70)
Subs not used: Dimitrius Kyprianou, Joe Swindell, Elliott Ackroyd, Eurico Sebastio