Kevin Wilson this week reflected on the ‘so near and yet so far’ nature of Saturday’s thrilling draw with FC United of Manchester and declared himself enthused by Ilkeston FC’s recent progress.
The result followed a 2-1 win at AFC Fylde the previous week, and despite the New Year’s Day postponement of Buxton’s scheduled visit the Robins were still able to take the momentum forward into Saturday.
Ultimately, an injury-time equaliser robbed Ilkeston of all three points, but manager Wilson was pleased with his team’s second-half display.
He said: “We were obviously disappointed not to have seen the game out but in the grand scheme of things a draw against a side like FC United is still a very good result.
“I felt we showed them too much respect in the first-half and stood off them a bit too much, but we had a word at half-time and the second-half saw our strikers dictate play much more and we created far better opportunities.
“Overall the match was a great advert for the league and any neutrals would have been thoroughly impressed.”
Ilkeston head to Lancashire once again this weekend as current leaders Skelmersdale United play host, but as with other recent matches against high-flying sides, Wilson says his team will be fearless.
“We’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.
“Skelmersdale have won 12 and drawn one of their home games so far, therefore nobody is expecting us to go there and win, but we know on our day we can beat anyone and if we show the sort of mentality we have in the last few games we’ve every chance.
“We’re holding our own well in a very competitive league, and have often produced very good displays on the road so Saturday will be another chance to show we can compete.”
Wilson also confirmed he will be looking to extend the loans of striker Tyrell Waite and defender Cheye Alexander which both run out after the Skelmersdale match.
Following Saturday’s game at Skelmersdale, Ilkeston will head to Buxton next Wednesday night (15th) for their Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter-final.
The league match at home to Buxton, postponed on New Year’s Day, will now take place on Saturday, March 15.