A weekend to remember

It was a bittersweet victory for Ilkeston on Saturday as it should have been a much more convincing scoreline.

It didn’t take long for Ilkeston to take the lead with Jake Slawson confidently slotting the ball past the Calverton keeper.

However, this was the only success either team had in front of goal. Louis Hart and Harry Palmer both had good chances to extend the lead, but neither could.

In the second half, man of the match Will Ferguson threatened constantly down the right wing and his crosses repeatedly caused trouble for the Calverton defence.

Jack Bailie struck the bar as Ilkeston looked for another, however it wasn’t to be.

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Looking to progress in the cup on Sunday, Ilkeston took on Willington on a boggy and bumpy surface.

But, that didn’t stop William Ferguson, who was able to place the ball into the bottom corner early on.

However, a lapse in concentration at the back meant Willington’s centre forward was ableto round Thomas Ward and level.

Ilkeston responded in the second half and a brilliant left foot strike by Louis Teasdale regained Ilkeston’s lead and they didn’t look back from there.

Man of the Match Jake Slawson scored twice, including a stunning over head kick to put the game to bed.

This was followed by a dazzling run from Kieran Rowland which was matched with a confident finish to make the score 5-1.

A late penalty was converted in off the post by captain Harry Woods to put a finishing touch to a brilliant second half display .

The victory was able to send Ilkeston through to the next round of the cup, rounding off a weekend featuring two contrasting wins in the space of two days.

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Simon Severn’s blue and white army go marching on, with a victory over Chellaston Boys on Saturday.

The win keeps their 100 per cent home record intact.

The visitors shocked the Ironmen by taking the lead early on.

This looked like a tricky game with Chellaston playing some good football in the first half, but Stanton were soon level with Nathan Easson, terrorising their defenders all of the game, crossing to Jamie Marriott in the box.

He was able to score by putting his shot wide of the keeper.

Now settling down into the game, Stanton took the lead with Jordan Severn’s shot deflected, finding Joel Adams to fire into the roof of the net.

Stanton went in at half-time 2-1 up.

At the start of the second half, Chellaston got an equaliser which only seemed to spur Stanton on.

Jack Whitworth’s speed and trickery down the right hand side proved a real handful with one of his crosses picking out Marriott to fire home his second.

The lads created a few chances in the second half, but it was down to Easson to make the game safe with his first goal.

His second came soon after with Connor Hodges finding Easson to run at the keeper and pick his spot.

This was a good result for Stanton as it puts a bit of daylight between second and third spots.

A much deserved Man of the Match award went to Jack Whitworth.

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This was a top of the table clash with Stanton putting in a well below-par performance in the first halfon Sunday and Duffield scoring twice.

If it wasn’t for Jonathon Hudson in goal, making some fantastic one-on-one saves, it could have been more.

Coming out in the second half, Stanton started to play better but were still giving the ball away cheaply and were soon 3-0 down.

This was the start of the Stanton comeback with Kieran Widdowson’s cross finding Joe Jameson to slot home.

With Jordan Severn now out of defence and in his normal midfield role, he ran his socks off to try and get Stanton back into the game.

The Ironmen threw everything at Duffield and a goalmouth scramble saw Lewis Bradley’s header cleared off the line.

A corner saw Severn’s cross fall to Jamie Marriott on the near post to head home.

Unfortunately for Stanton, there wasn’t enough time left to get an equaliser.

Man of the Match was Evan Thorpe for a solid display in defence

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The two sides met in the second round of the Ken Oxford Memorial Trophy.

Dynamo were first to test the goalkeepers when they advanced from and put Alfie Roberts in the Ilkeston goal to the test.

He easily caught the ball and kicked it back upfield to Oliver Gregory on the wing. He crossed and Ellis White’s shot was deflected for a corner.

White’s corner was deflected into the net to give Ilkeston a 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later, Aaron Birkin crossed to Canvern Stevenson-Harris just outside the box, who was able to turn and drive a low driven shot i to the bottom corner.

Just before half-time, Ilkeston were again putting pressure on the Dynamo goal when Stevenson-Harris managed to get his foot to an unclaimed ball and drive a low cross into the net.

In the second half, Stevenson-Harris was found unmarked on the edge of the box when Eardley put a corner in.

The resulting shot was to give him his hat-trick.

Ilkeston’s fifth goal again was the result of a corner taken by Holmes-King, which was deflected into the net.

Ilkeston’s sixth came from a superbly-taken corner from Holmes-King.

He found the head of an unmarked Ethan Lowe who headed low into the goal.

Ilkeston’s final goal was by Oliver Pearson.

He carried the ball forward and and drove it into the top right hand corner.

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A depleted Ironman team took on a strong Sherwin outfit, who took an early lead.

But in the first half Stanton were equal to their opponents as goalkeeper Cameron Roe pulled off a string of reaction saves.

Daniel Body’s clever slalom run brought a good penalty shout that was turned down and Tom Andrews shot narrowly wide.

They equalised when the excellent Jack Lee fed Liam Attwood, whose incisive pass found Lewis Carrier to score.

But back came Sherwin and Arron Sheppard and Dow Ward covered acres of ground to clear their lines.

However a Sherwin second made the score 2-1 at half time.

In the second half, Joshua Axe found his passing range to set up a couple of chances.

However, at the other end, Joe Parkin was in just the right place at the right time to hook the ball clear off his own goalline.

Skipper Jack Doughty carried the ball out well from defence but soon the Sherwin pressure became too much and they shipped goals.

Further injuries left the Blues with only nine players and Sherwin were able to take full advantage to register a big win.

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This great game was played in a sporting manner and ended 3-3 after extra time with Stanton winning 1-0 following a penalty shootout.

Stanton made a good start and were passing the ball around well.

However, Field Lane were quick out of the blocks also and it was only two great challenges from Tom Fretwell kept them at bay.

Field Lane were unluckyfrom a free kick on six minutes, striking the bar.

Ryan Ure and Carrick Bentley both went close and it became apparent that both teams were evenly matched.

Stanton took the lead when Lewis Stevens’s shot came off the bar and this enabled Louis Perry to shoot home from close range.

Stanton were struggling to cope with the long throw ins from Field Lane and that was ultimately how they foundthe equalizer when a throw in caused mayhem in the Stanton box.

In the second half, it was end-to-end stuff again with Stanton taking the lead, a corner by Bentley being met first time by Jackson, who fired home.

Field Lane were level soon after through an own goal but it wasn’t long before Stanton got their noses in front again through Jackson.

Field Lane struck next to make it 3-3 but there were no further goals, even in the ten minutes of extra time.

In the subesquent penalty shootout, Stanton prevailed to go through.

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This cup match took the best part of an hour and half to find a winner.

In the end, it was Stanton who scraped through in a nailbiting 5-4 penalty shootout.

Stanton took the lead right on the stroke of half-time when Callum Oldershaw’s low, hard drive beat the keeper.

Harvey Bull doubled the advantage with a sweet strike from outside the area.

However, Chellaston were never beaten and rallied to perform a great comeback and pull the scores level.

Stanton created the better of the chances during that period of the game with Jordan Feakes going close and Oldershaw and Jude Cobb having efforts cleared off the line.

But there was no to be separating the sides and therefore the dreaded penalty shootout loomed.

Oldershaw rifled his penalty home.

Second up for Stanton, Charlie Roach, after a stuttering run, just about deceived the keeper to keep the scores level.

Then Daniel Stokes succesfully placed his kick to the keeper’s right.

The scores were still level and Chellaston netted their fourth, and so up stepped Harry Foster and scores remained tied.

Chellaston’s last penalty hit the base of the post leaving Dylan Duke to net Stanton’s fifth penalty and send them through to the next round and round off what was an entertaining encounter with a really thrilling ending.