Cup kings Ilkeston aim to continue good form

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

Ilkeston FC continued their promising form with another cup win on Saturday – and will aim to add more to their tally this weekend.

Stourbridge were dumped out of the FA Trophy thanks to James Reid’s second-half goal last Saturday, with attention switching back to the FA Cup this weekend and the visit of Gresley FC.

Three games unbeaten have created some good momentum following an indifferent start to the campaign in the league, and manager Kevin Wilson is keen to see that continue as they prepare for what will be another tricky encounter this time around.

He said: “Gresley, like ourselves, are a club that reformed fairly recently but they’ve done very well since doing so.

“They’ve had a reasonable start to the season but lost in the FA Trophy at Halesowen on Saturday, whereas we’ve now won two on the bounce.

“So we’re looking forward to it and it’s a game I certainly feel we can win, particularly given our current form, and it would be nice to be able to do it without the need for a replay this time as well.”

Regarding Saturday’s victory at Stourbridge, which set up a clash at Whitby Town on October 27 in the second qualifying round, Wilson was pleased with a solid second-half performance which yielded not only the winning goal but several good opportunities to have made the result even more comfortable.

He said: “We played too much in front of them in the first-half but in the second I felt Daryll Thomas stretched them a lot more and we got much tighter to them when they had the ball.

“We should really have won by more as we used the ball much better than in the first-half and created some great chances, but it was good to win it with a clean sheet and get through.

“We’ve got a tough draw for the next round in that it’ll be a long journey and against a side in our division, but to be honest it’s great just to be in these competitions and we’ll take it as it comes.

“The league is obviously important but we want to get as far as we can in the cups because they’re great for the players and the fans and the financial aspect plays a part too.”

Providing no FA Cup replay is required, Ilkeston will then host another Derbyshire side in the shape of Buxton on Monday night.

And Wilson is keen to take the Robins’ recent cup form into the league.

He said: “We’ve not had a league game for a while, and while we’ve been doing well in the cups those matches don’t win you points, so I’m really keen for us to replicate the form from the last few games when Buxton visit.

“I’m also hoping to have one or two new faces in by the weekend so that should help strengthen us further, something that’s important with the games coming so thick and fast.”

Meanwhile, striker Adam Somes has left Ilkeston after failing to settle in the Robins’ first team.

The signing from Mansfield made three appearances for Ilkeston without scoring, but has opted to move on.

Wilson added: “Adam was fair and honest with me and said he wants a break from the game so we wish him well.

“We tried to get him in the summer before he went to Mansfield, but unfortunately things haven’t worked out for him.”