Wilson optimistic as Robins take to the front once again

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

KEVIN Wilson once again toasted his Ilkeston FC side as they hit the league summit - but also repeated the need for professionalism as a trip to bottom-of-the-table Quorn awaits.

KEVIN Wilson once again toasted his Ilkeston FC side as they hit the league summit – but also repeated the need for professionalism as a trip to bottom-of-the-table Quorn awaits.

The 1-0 victory at Leek Town on Saturday saw the Robins go top of the Evo-Stik Division One South table, though sides immediately below them have two games in hand.

And Wilson was delighted with the three points gained in Staffordshire, achieved on a tricky surface against a side in good form.

He said: “Sometimes you have to go away from home and grind out results and that’s what we did on Saturday.

“We knew it was going to be a very tough game as Leek are a good side, but the pitch wasn’t conducive to playing good football, being very wet and meaning the ball skidded around all over the place.

“After the Stamford defeat the previous week, and allowing for beating Carlton two days later, we needed to get back on the road where we’ve been in such good form and I felt we largely controlled the game, particularly in the last 20 minutes.

“It was also great to keep another clean sheet as ‘nil’ always tells you a lot about the game and having achieved two in a row it also tells you lots about our team at the moment.”

The next challenge will be a second meeting in just over a month against Leicestershire side Quorn, who remain bottom of the table and without a win all season.

Ilkeston overcame Saturday’s hosts 2-0 at the New Manor Ground on September 10, and although a new manager in the shape of former Leicster City striker Lawrie Dudfield has been installed since that day, their form has struggled to pick up.

But as before the first encounter, Wilson is keen to avoid complacency.

He said: “We can still improve and must strive to do that whoever we are playing.

“There’s expectation from within the dressing room, let alone from all the fans, that we can go out and perform and get three points virtually every game at the moment.

“Quorn haven’t changed all that much since we last met but either way we have to concentrate on us and adapt if we have to.

“We cannot be complacent though. There are sides below us in the table with games in hand who are ready to pounce if we slip up, and though I’d rather have the points already won than have to win them in order to catch up, there is a long way to go.”

Reserves

Monday night saw the debut of Ilkeston’s reserve side and a 4-1 win away at local rivals Eastwood Town.

Andrew Osei-Siribour scored twice with other goals coming from Joe Lomax and Danny James, and Wilson was pleased to see another Robins side up and running.

He added: “We’re trying to create a professional environment and do everything properly, and with development, academy and now reserve sides already running and plans for an under-16 side next season, we’re well on the way to doing that.”