Midlands Amateur Alliance Premier Division
Nottinghamshire FC 0
Ilkeston Rutland 4
ILKESTON made the short trip to Nottinghamshire in search of three points after an impressive 6-2 victory the week before on home soil.
The Showmen hit their hosts hard from the off with some good attacking football.
David Leighton was the first player to beat a couple of markers but blazed his shot high and wide.
Ilkeston seemed to be getting plenty of joy down the left hand side with Michael Chambers and Luke Limb running riot.
The opening goal came on 20 minutes when Ben Holmes was fouled just outside the box, and when Joe Gent’s free-kick was only partially cleared, Limb blasted home through a crowd of players.
Limb’s afternoon then took a twist five minutes later when his mazy run saw him overhit the ball and he was dismissed for the resulting challenge.
Lee Cumberland, James Else, Ash Allen and Michael Chambers where marshalling the back line superbly and every Nottinghamshire attack was broken down setting the Showmen off on the counter attack.
Ilkeston switched formation to 4-4-1 with Luke Slaney leading the attack on his own, and it was a piece of brilliance that saw them stretch their lead on 65 minutes.
Slaney picked the ball up 35 yards out from goal and with the Nottinghamshire keeper off his line Slaney executed a fantastic strike which hit the top right hand corner of the net.
James Robinson was introduced to the game on 67 minutes for Leighton and had an immediate impact, putting the ball just wide after beating theoffside trap.
Ilkeston keeper Danny Graves was called into action shortly afterwards with a world class save down at his right hand side from a bullet header.
Jake Pearson replaced Gent and produced some touches of brilliance, including one which resulted in the third goal.
James Robinson again beat his man with some trickery on 80 minutes and his cross met Pearson eight yards out who pulled off a wonderful dummy which sent both defender and keeper to the ground and Slaney hit a screamer in off the post to make it 3-0.
Ellis Holmes was then introduced for Slaney who had put in a great shift on his own up front, though the hosts had a great chance to pull one back from the spot with seven minutes left but Graves produced a superb double save.
The Showmen broke on the counter attack and Ben Holmes capped off a fine performance by beating two players and placing past the Notts keeperwith precision to make it 4-0.
Ilkeston: Graves, Allen, Chambers, Else, Gent (Pearson 75), Davis, B.Holmes, Limb, Slaney (E.Holmes 83), Leighton (Robinson 67) Sub not used: Hardy.
Man of the Match - Lee Cumberland.