Ilkeston Town coach Swinscoe keen for strong momentum

Craig Swinscoe at Westfields on Saturday.
Craig Swinscoe at Westfields on Saturday.

Ilkeston Town first team coach Craig Swinscoe says it’s crucial for momentum not to be disrupted despite the club not yet having a new manager officially in place.

Swinscoe was in charge of the team for Saturday’s 2-1 win at fellow title challengers Westfields, with caretaker manager Ian Deakin still in hospital recovering from an operation.

And with former boss Martin McIntosh having parted ways with Ilkeston six days before the Westfields game, it made the three points even sweeter for Swinscoe.

He said: “I was as surprised as anyone that Martin left the club and it was a bit scary from my point of view to suddenly be taking the team at Westfields given Deaks was still unavailable and with my fellow coach Martin Lench also having had an operation.

“So myself and Shaun Rickford took charge and the players were outstanding. We had to go there and try and get a result and we couldn’t have asked for any more.

“They played with a smile on their faces again and in very tough conditions managed to get what could be a crucial win.”

The Robins host another top six side in the shape of Coventry Sphinx this weekend and Swinscoe, who is again likely to be in charge, says continuing where they left off last weekend will be key.

He said: “Momentum is massive - we are top of the league and in a great position so have that to our advantage.

“We haven’t changed too much of what was working well either under Steve Chettle or Martin McIntosh, there’s no point when you are top of the league, but with the odd tweak here and there we’ll go into every game with confidence.

“I’m speaking to Ian Deakin all the time so he’s advising on the best way to go about things.”

No official word has yet come from the club as to who may replace McIntosh, but the Advertiser understands Deakin could well be in line to take charge until the end of the season once he leaves hospital.