Manager’s joy after historic FA Cup victory

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson expressed his delight at Ilkeston FC’s FA Cup progress this week ahead of a key double-header in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

The Robins won their first ever FA Cup tie since the club’s rebirth with a 1-0 win at Coalville Town on Saturday, netting £3,000 in the process.

And manager Wilson said he was pleased to secure a morale-boosting win and clean sheet, though felt it could have been more comfortable.

He said: “It’s been a common theme this year that we’ve created lots of chances and not killed teams off.

“That’s cost us points in the league but fortunately on Saturday the one goal we did score was enough, though we missed several great chances to make the game safe.

“But it’s good to get a win as it builds momentum ahead of the upcoming league games and I’m always happy when we don’t concede.”

Ilkeston host Witton Albion on Saturday before heading to Frickley Athletic on Tuesday, a side who are yet to register a win.

“Witton are a good footballing side - lively, bright and who pass the ball well with full-backs who like to get forward, so it’ll be a good test for us,” said Wilson.

“They also came up through the play-offs so we have that in common too.

“Frickley are scrapping at the bottom so we’ll be in for a tough night but we’ve got players returning from injury and that will make us much stronger.”

Meanwhile, striker Jamie Clarke has left Ilkeston after failing to hold down a regular starting spot.

Clarke signed from Loughborough Dynamo in the summer but has now mutually agreed to end his time at the New Manor Ground.

Wilson said: “It was well documented how much I liked Jamie and I was very keen to sign him, but unfortunately it never really happened for him which was a shame.

“He didn’t get too much pre-season due to getting married and being on honeymoon and struggled to find form, but we wish him all the best and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to whoever snaps him up next.”