Wilson hails his young side after Robins earn victory

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Manager Kevin Wilson expressed his delight as Ilkeston FC got back to winning ways at Stocksbridge on Saturday and has challenged his side to generate a good run of form.

The 3-2 win was just the Robins’ second in five league games but put them within five points of joint leaders AFC Fylde and Chorley.

And with troublesome travellers Frickley Athletic up next at the New Manor Ground on Saturday, Wilson is keen to take advantage.

He said: “I was delighted to get the win on Saturday as the players have been listening to what I’ve said and with a young squad travelling too it was really encouraging.

“We still need to defend better as a unit and there may be one or two changes in that sense, but I’ve been really pleased with how the lads have been training and believe we can start accumulating points again.”

Saturday’s game saw Ilkeston get off to the worst possible start as they conceded the opening goal from a penalty just three minutes in, but they recovered to earn the points with Danny Gordon netting the winner in the opening minute of the second-half.

“We played some good stuff at Stocksbridge which I was pleased with,” he said.

“We got off to a bad start but only had ourselves to blame there and perhaps could have been more ruthless at the other end too, particularly in terms of killing the game off as given how things have gone there was always that worry in the back of my mind we might concede, but this is how the young boys will learn.

“It’s great for me to see the kids coming through and doing well because we’re not in the money to bring many players in at the moment such are the wage demands, despite having tried in recent days, so these young lads are going to be crucial and they’re developing brilliantly.”

Meanwhile, Wilson is continuing his search for a new assistant manager following Darren Caskey’s departure to Gateshead, although Rob Kozluk has taken on the role of full-time academy coach after retiring from playing.

He added: “We tried something at Grantham where we brought somebody in quite quickly but it didn’t feel quite right, and maybe that was down to having worked with Darren for so long and being so used to each other.

“So I’ll keep talking to people and see how things work out.”