Robins revel in league 
and cup joy

Luke Shaw celebrates scoring the winner against Marine. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Luke Shaw celebrates scoring the winner against Marine. Photo by Craig Lamont.
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Two more victories in league and cup left Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson in buoyant mood this week as his troops prepare for their fourth home game in a row.

The Robins will host Rushall Olympic this weekend, fresh from a 1-0 FA Cup win against Solihull Moors on Saturday and a victory by the same score against Marine in the league on Monday night.

And whilst both of those successes were reliant on late winners scored by defenders Joe Maguire and Luke Shaw respectively, Wilson was delighted with the results.

He said: “It’s always tough playing two games in three days but not only did we win them both but they were also both at home, which is where we’ve had more problems in the past than on our travels.

“We got two clean sheets as well which is always something that pleases me.”

Saturday’s FA Cup win put the Robins into the third qualifying round where they will now travel to Stockport County on Saturday, October 11.

The sending off of Solihull’s Reece Fleet just before half-time had a big bearing on the game, but Wilson was impressed with how his side turned the screw in the second-half.

He said: “The red card obviously helped us and I guess we did things the hard way a bit in terms of leaving it late to get the goal, but we coped well against a side from the division above which bodes well for the next round.

“Stockport were a league club only two or three years ago and still play in front of big crowds, so it will be a great occasion for our players and supporters to go to Edgeley Park - somewhere I’ve not been back to since my son Ryan played for County’s youth side a few years ago.”

The victory over Marine saw Ilkeston dominate throughout but struggle to break down a stubborn defence until Shaw’s header two minutes from time earned all three points.

Wilson added: “We were made to work hard for the win so I’m delighted the young players were up to the challenge.

“After such a tough game on Saturday it was a big test to see how they’d cope in difficult conditions against Marine but whilst we perhaps snatched at a few chances which could have cost us, we deserved the win. I think Jordan Smith only had to make one routine save all game and that was right at the end.”

Rushall Olympic are managed by former West Bromwich Albion star Richard Sneekes and sat in fifth spot before Tuesday night’s games.

Ilkeston will then travel to Barwell next Tuesday night from where they returned with a 1-1 draw last season.

Wilson said: “Rushall have changed their style since Richard came in and are doing very well so it’ll be a different challenge to past encounters with them.

“Barwell are always a physical side to come up against but we took four points off them last year.”

On the personnel side of things, Wilson added: “I’m still hoping to have a striker in on loan before the weekend as we’re a bit short in that department should Rob Duffy get injured or be tired given he’s not training full-time like the rest of the side.