Leaders Ilkeston Town come from behind to win again

Elliott Reeves netted twice.
Elliott Reeves netted twice.

Ilkeston Town returned to winning ways, coming from a goal down to beat AFC Wulfrunians 3-1 at the New Manor Ground.

Chris Sterling deservedly put the visitors ahead in the 31st minute, before two Elliott Reeves goals late in the first half then put the Robins 2-1 up at the break.

The win was confirmed in the 64th minute when Matt Baker bundled in a cross from the right.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 12th minute. A great passing move ended with Craig Gregg in on goal but he could only fire wide of the target. Just five minutes later they had another chance but again failed to hit the target with Sterling chipping over the bar.

Wulfrunians did take the lead in the 31st minute. Another good passing move put Sterling in and on this occasion, he fired past Liam Mitchell and into the bottom corner.

The visitors pilled on the pressure but it was Ilkeston who got the next goal. Reeves brought the ball down on his chest, some 30-yards out, and fired the ball into the top corner.

Reeves then doubled his tally, in first half stoppage time, squeezing the ball past Mason Springthorpe from a tight angle to give Ilkeston the lead at the break.

At the start of the second both sides had chances to find the back of the net. Kyle Brady saw his deflected free kick go just past the post. Up the other end Reece Fyfe ran through on goal and opted to try and play in Reeves rather than shoot and the ball was cleared.

Ilkeston did extend their lead just after the hour mark. A corner from the right was bundled in by Baker at the back post under pressure from a defender.

Just two minutes later it was almost 4-1 when Tom Marshall ran through on goal, but Springthorpe did well to make a save. Fyfe then came close heading Jamie Walker’s cross just wide after some quick thinking by Ryan Wheatley from a throw in.

The visitors almost got a goal back in the 87th minute. Jake Webb’s free kick was turned goalwards before eventually being headed over the bar by Simon Williams, but it was too late for them to build any momentum from it and the game finished 3-1.