There’s something magical about the FA Cup. The chance for some giant-killing, the chance to pit your wits against teams from higher divisions, the chance to make a bit of history.
The second qualifying round may well be a distance away from a tie against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but even so it still makes a football game that bit more special.
Ilkeston were at home to Solihull Moors on Saturday, a team that play in a division higher, the Conference North.
The game itself was very entertaining with the Robins holding their own in the first half.
Solihull were reduced to 10 men and from that point on Ilkeston took control and won the game thanks to a bullet header from captain Joe Maguire.
The players redeemed themselves from last week’s disappointment and were worthy winners.
The draw for the next round takes place on Monday and is another chance maybe for a bit more giant-killing.
Interest in Chey Adams is growing with numerous club scouts keeping watch on the talented youngster.
On his current form it is easy to see why. He is strong, fast, skilful and always gives 100 per cent.
Nobody would begrudge him a move to a bigger club, but it would be a massive blow to us.
Obviously no offers have been revealed for him but if he continues to improve then it’s only a matter of time before he follows the like of Ben Pringle and Tyrell Waite.
The youngsters had a mixed bag of results this week. The Under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup after losing 1-0 against Basford.
The Academy beat Football CV Reds 4-1 with first teamers Mulraney and Bako amongst the scorers.
Meanwhile on Saturday the U15s took on Birmingham and in a game with plenty of goals they equalised in the dying minutes to make it 4-4.
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