Chettle targets areas to exploit at Pershore

Ilkeston boss Steve Chettle
Ilkeston boss Steve Chettle

Steve Chettle believes he has a good idea of what challenge his Ilkeston Town players will face against Saturday’s opponents Pershore Town.

The two teams went head-to-head at the New Manor Ground last weekend, with Chettle’s Robins coming out 2-1 victors thanks to goals from Jamie Walker and Tim Hopkinson.

And the Ilkeston manager has highlighted key areas where his side can gain an advantage when the two teams set for the reverse fixture this coming weekend at King George’s Way.

“We’ve already spoken about their setup,” said former Nottingham Forest centre-half Chettle after his side’s win, which sees them sit third in the Midlands Football League Division One.

“I don’t know whether they’ll change because they’re at home. We’ve seen today’s (Saturday’s) fixture and we know where we can be better and we know the areas we can exploit.

“We’ll look at those on Tuesday and Thursday and we’ll go into Saturday off the back of a victory which we’re happy with.”

Chettle was pleased with the victory over Pershore last Saturday which saw his side pegged back minutes after the half-time interval.

“First half we were very comfortable,” said Chettle. “I tried to get the lads to move the ball quicker and better in at half-time and 30 seconds into it the game changed.

“We didn’t score until seven minutes from the end. It was a deserved victory, we huffed and puffed an awful lot in the final third but in terms of territory and chances created we were well on top and deserved the win.

“They haven’t caused us lots of trouble but we have created our own problems at times at the back.”

Leaders Walsall Wood put six past Lichfield City amd second-placed Hinckley AFC put 11 past Coventry Alvis midweek - but Chettle isn’t concerned by the margin of victory, only getting the three points.

He added: “We thoroughly deserved the win and we’ve got three points - and that’s the most important thing. Yes, our goal difference is only plus-one, but it’s plus-one and we’ve won so I’m quite happy.”