Ilkeston FC 3 Whitby Town 1
Ilkeston gained revenge for last month’s horror show at the seaside as they overcame FA Trophy conquerors Whitby Town at the New Manor Ground on Saturday.
The Robins’ second win in a row was pretty comfortable and a drastic improvement on the previous week’s home display against Matlock, the immediate response to that having been impressive with six points gained and six goals scored in the process.
The seeds were sown for this success in the opening 15 minutes as the home side took control.
After a couple of promising early moves, the lead was earned ten minutes in when a free-kick just outside the penalty area and at a slight angle saw keeper Nick Liversedge leave a gaping hole for Joe Maguire to aim at by his right-hand post, and the Ilkeston centre-half duly obliged by firing low into that very space and putting his side ahead.
Aaron Hooton then headed straight at Liversedge on 14 minutes but moments later the in-form striker wasn’t to be denied.
Good work down the right between loanees Jack Eades and Curtis Thompson saw the latter fire a low ball into the six-yard box and Hooton’s touch was helped into the net by the Whitby custodian to make it 2-0.
The Robins didn’t let up in their quest and before the half was out Eades had hit a low shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area and, on a counter attack, Thompson ran some distance before cutting in and hitting a left-foot shot which also went past the post.
Whitby had seemingly struggled to get the long journey out of their legs, although Nathan Mulligan’s shot across goal on 32 minutes wasn’t far off pulling one back as the ball went just past the far post.
The Seasiders were quickest out of the traps in the second-half, Craig Farrell close on 48 minutes with a low effort, while at the other end Hooton shot wide on 55.
But the third would arrive a minute later and it was defender Maguire who was on target again. Greg Tempest’s inswinging corner from the right was flicked on by Laurie Wilson and Maguire was lurking at the back post to get the touch which took the ball over the line, though it wasn’t quite as elegant as his first effort.
Whitby did get a goal back on 76 when a corner was poorly defended and Arjan Purewal fired in from six yards, but despite that triggering a little bit of liveliness from the visitors it wouldn’t be enough.
Indeed, Gary Ricketts should have made it 4-1 when clean through on 84 minutes but Liversedge saved well with his legs, and late on sub Jack Watts had an effort tipped over the bar, but the destination of the three points had rarely been in doubt.
Ilkeston: 1 Chris Martin 2 Curtis Thompson 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Laurie Wilson (c) 5 Joe Maguire 6 Greg Pearson 7 Jack Eades 8 Russell Peel (Jack Watts 72) 9 Gary Ricketts 10 Aaron Hooton 11 Greg Tempest. Subs not used: James Cullingworth, Jordan Smith, Dereece Gardner, Jide Maduako
Scorers: Maguire 10, 56, Hooton 15
Whitby: 1 Nick Liversedge 2 Ibrahim Hassan 3 Mark Robinson (c) 4 Craig James (Ashley Corker 64) 5 Arjan Purewal 6 Dave McTiernan 7 Tom Portas 8 Nathan Mulligan (Steven Snaith 61) 9 Craig Farrell 10 Graeme Armstrong 11 Shane Henry (Michael Tait 76) Subs not used: Darren Williams, David Campbell
Scorer: Purewal 76 Att: 563 Ref: Jamie Waters (Holmfirth) Star Robin: Joe Maguire
by Mark Duffy