Wilson optimistic ahead of New Manor Ground treble

Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson was pleased with Saturday's display.
Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson was pleased with Saturday's display.

KEVIN Wilson says it’s time to make Ilkeston FC’s home advantage count as the Robins prepare for three more matches in a row at the New Manor Ground.

KEVIN Wilson says it’s time to make Ilkeston FC’s home advantage count as the Robins prepare for three more matches in a row at the New Manor Ground.

Romulus and Coalville Town visit this Saturday (29th) and on Monday (31st) as Ilkeston return to league action following last Saturday’s win over Biggleswade in the FA Trophy.

And having seen that match produce a confident and dominant performance, Wilson now expects more of the same.

He said: “I felt we were never really in any trouble against Biggleswade - I don’t think they had any real notable efforts on goal - and we controlled the game for long periods.

“The clean sheet, as always, was a big bonus, and it emphasised that the back four we used on Saturday is probably our strongest at this moment in time.

“Having said that, we’re always looking to improve and I’m hoping we’ll have another quality midfielder sign up before the weekend, as that has been an area where we’ve been lacking at times.

“But we only want players who are right for us and we can’t be careless with any signings we make. We can have a very competitive squad with one or two additions, which could prove vital come the end of the season.”

Romulus and Coalville Town both sit in mid-table but Wilson is aware of the dangers each poses, particularly with many teams having raised their games when visiting Ilkeston so far this season.

Challenge

“Sometimes you get sides who come to the big ground with a big crowd and it lifts their game more than it might if they were at home, which is a challenge we always have to be ready for,” he said.

“With due respect to some of the places we’ve visited, it’s sometimes worked the opposite way with us this season which is something we have to sort out, but in the meantime we need to make sure we make the New Manor Ground a fortress.

“I’ve seen Romulus play a couple of times on their artificial surface [shared with Sutton Coldfield FC] and they move the ball about well and could easily be in a better league position than they are.

“We met Coalville in the League Cup earlier in the season and they beat us 2-1, though both sides are likely to look pretty different to that night when we meet on Monday.

“But their quality is emphasised by the fact they got to the FA Vase final last year and manager Adam Stevens has done a really good job there.”

l The Robins academy side were due to face Boston United on Wednesday (26th) and are next in action at the New Manor Ground on November 2 when Fleetwood Town visit in the Football Conference Youth League.

The Development squad travel to Buxton today (Thursday) for a league game in the Baris North Midlands Under-19 League.