Caskey hits a treble in Robins rampage

Darren Caskey found the net three times at Lincoln.
Darren Caskey found the net three times at Lincoln.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Evo-Stik Division One South


Jordan Hempenstall 43

Craig Leveritt 64


Darren Caskey 25, 27pen, 45pen

Daryll Thomas 40

Ryan Wilson 82

by Mark Duffy

PLAYER-ASSISTANT manager Darren Caskey hit a first-half hat-trick as Ilkeston demolished Lincoln at Ashby Avenue on Tuesday night.

It was the kind of ruthless goalscoring display Robins boss Kevin Wilson had called for in previous weeks, though two sloppy goals conceded may still have worried him a little.

Two of Caskey’s goals were penalties, but his influence throughout was key to the win.

Ilkeston had the first major opening on two minutes when Russell Peel crossed from the left and Gary Ricketts’ header was easily gathered by Craig Turner in the Lincoln goal.

Daryll Thomas headed a Will McCall cross over the top on nine minutes as Ilkeston continued to start the stronger side.

The game went quiet for a while but came to life with the Robins opener on 25 minutes.

McCall had two bites at crossing from the right-hand side and the second one found Caskey arrive at the far post to nod in his first goal for the club.

And two minutes later he had his second, this time from the penalty spot. Another McCall cross saw Ricketts fouled by Stuart Reddington who was booked, and Caskey stepped up to beat Turner to his left.

McCall’s delivery was outstanding and another cross was inches away from Ricketts’ right boot on 32 minutes but the fall went just wide of the post.

Lincoln were offering little, a blocked free-kick from Callum Smith and a harmless looping effort from Jordan Hempenstall the only real threats thus far.

And sure enough the third Robins goal, which at that point seemed to have ended the game as a contest, came five minutes before the break. A long ball found McCall in space and he again turned creator as he squared for Thomas to slide the ball home from six yards out.

Then, out of nowhere, Lincoln pulled a goal back on 43. The ball was crossed in from the right and after bobbling around a bit fell to Hempenstall who drilled into the net with the help of a slight deflection.

Caskey saw a shot blocked by Turner moments later, but after a couple of Lincoln half chances threatened to reduce the arrears further, the veteran midfielder was to notch his hat-trick in first-half stoppage time.

Peel was fouled in the box on his way to the byline, and Caskey was on the spot again to send Turner the wrong way with the last kick of a fine half for the visitors.

Peel flashed a volley wide with the first chance of the second-half, and Ricketts saw a low effort blocked by Turner after a mistake at the back.

But Lincoln were next to score when Smith’s corner from the right was turned in by sub Craig Leveritt on 64 minutes, though the final touch may have been off the defending Ricketts.

McCall saw a long-range volley fly wide, and Liam Green had a shot blocked after Caskey’s pull-back.

Reddington then saw red for the hosts after receiving a second yellow card for fouling McCall on the edge of the box, and goal five finally arrived with eight to go and it was a stunner.

Ryan Wilson picked the ball up 30 yards out and hit an unstoppable effort into the top corner giving Turner no hope.

Thomas smashed an effort too high three minutes later, but the Robins had done enough to claim the points in style.

Ilkeston: 1 Ben Gathercole 2 James Cullingworth 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Liam Green 5 Josh Hill 6 Russell Cooke 7 Russell Peel 8 Darren Caskey 9 Gary Ricketts 10 Daryll Thomas 11 Will McCall

Subs not used: Dan Partridge, Laurence Zisaruk-Gibson, Andrew Osei-Siribout, Tyrell Waite, Aaron Butcher (GK)

Ref: R Newman Att: 201

Star Man: Will McCall