Wilson stays positive after Robins’ mixed weekend

Jason Stokes celebrates his second goal against Nantwich on Monday night
Jason Stokes celebrates his second goal against Nantwich on Monday night
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Manager Kevin Wilson has reflected on a mixed weekend for Ilkeston FC as the Robins followed up a surprise FA Trophy exit with a welcome league win on Monday night.

Gresley overcame Wilson’s men 2-1 on Saturday to seal Ilkeston’s second cup exit to lower division sides this season.

But the 3-1 win over Nantwich Town on Monday left Wilson in a much more positive mood ahead of the local derby at Matlock Town this weekend.

He said: “On Monday night we got some of the luck that we hadn’t had in previous games.

“The early goal helped and the second should have seen us go on and win more comfortably, but we’ve then conceded a goal which put us on edge.

“But in the end we got the win which lifts us back up the table and it means we’ll go to Matlock with a good result behind us.”

Wilson defended the continued selection of several young players in his recent squads, saying the best way for the likes of midfielders Danny Gordon and Callum Chettle to improve is to be playing.

He said: “We’ve got to keep trying to build on what we’ve got. We’ve got some good players out there but we’re trying to bring the youngsters through and that might make things tough at times.

“We’re not going to change our policy. These lads will get better and better the more they play and that will be of great benefit to us in the future.

“We’ve had Laurie Wilson playing at right-back in the last couple of games as I felt we needed a bit more experience back there and it’s certainly helped, but although a minority of fans may still struggle to understand our ethos, it’s what the chairman and I have always felt is the way forward.”

Regarding the Trophy defeat at Gresley, Wilson added: “As was the case at Blyth, we didn’t take numerous chances presented to us and conceded silly goals. Concentration in both boxes and a good work ethic was lacking.

“We’ll keep working on those things. It’s been a tough month for us as losing Darren Caskey was a bit like the end of a marriage really and we need to replace him, but in the meantime we’re working hard to right the wrongs.”

Following the trip to Matlock, Ilkeston will be away at Barwell on Tuesday night.