Deakin encouraged by depth of Ilkeston squad

Ian Deakin.
Ian Deakin.

Ilkeston Town player/assistant manager Ian Deakin says the Robins squad is as strong as it’s ever been as the MFL Division One season enters its final stages.

The acquisition of strikers Malachi Lavelle-Moore and Mark Green last week meant fresh faces have bolstered the ranks at the NMG as Ilkeston chase at least a runners-up spot in the league.

And with three wins in a row behind them going into this weekend’s highly-publicised visit of RC Warwick, Deakin believes the positive vibe can only continue.

He said: “You know at times that you need the extra bodies in given the number of games that stack up so it’s been good to freshen things up.

“We’ve got several options all over the pitch, including in goal with Jamie Hannis having done really well when I’ve not played, and that’s a good position to be in as we have a very strong blend.

“It’s easy to forget how young a lot of these players are given they’re performing bove their years in most cases but that can only bode well for the future and hopefully they’ll continue to blossom.

“Malachi is clearly good enough to play at a much higher level but has been aiming to get his fitness back having been injured, and whilst that shows at times, he’s playing lots and scoring goals which can only help him.”

The match with Warwick this weekend will see all supporters pay just £1 to attend with various activities going on to showcase the club and its facilities.

And Deakin is keen to see as many fans fill the ground as possible.

He said: “After what’s happened in the town football-wise it’s a case of trying to regain people’s trust in what is trying to be achieved here.

“So many people are working so hard on and off the pitch and those efforts are beginning to produce great results and opportunities.

“It’s about trying to engage the community - the fans’ forum last week showed just how popular the club is and they can see that the club is moving forward given the foundations being put in place.

“It’s also very important to get youngsters involved too as ultimately they’ll be the future of this club long after the likes of myself and Chets have gone .

“Hopefully there will be a big gate there on Saturday to get the place rocking and that we can get a good result too.”