Chettle: Work ethic key to win over wood

Steve Chettle has masterminded two wins over champions Walsall Wood this season.
Steve Chettle has masterminded two wins over champions Walsall Wood this season.

Ilkeston Town boss Steve Chettle praised his side’s work ethic after they came from behind to beat MFL Division One champions Walsall Wood on Tuesday night.

The victory leaves the Robins on the brink of a second-place finish should results go their way this weekend.

And Chettle felt doing the double over the runaway leaders was something to be proud of.

He said: “We gave them the respect they deserved but our performance, aside from the first 90 seconds or so when we went behind, was excellent.

“We had a game plan and carried it out really well. The players had to work very hard, particularly given the pressure they often faced which you’d expect from a team that’s scored nearly 150 goals this season, but we were excellent and can be satisfied at being the first team to win there all season and do the double over them.”

Ilkeston now go to Chelmsley Town on Saturday before rounding off the campaign at Cadbury Athletic on Tuesday night, knowing a win in either game will secure second place.

Chettle said: “The teams behind us have to win all of their games and hope we slip up but we’ll do everything we can to keep our end of the bargain.

“If someone had said at the start of the season we’d have over 90 points and have scored 100-plus goals you’d have thought that would make us champions, and as tough as it is that there is only one team promoted, we can be proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Chettle, meanwhile, says he is yet to sit down with any players with regard to offering them new deals for next season, adding: “I know who I’d like to keep and also have potential targets in mind in terms of new signings, so we’ll see how things progress.”