MATCH REPORT: Ilkeston FC 0 Barwell 2 - Robins exit FA Trophy

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Ilkeston had beaten Barwell twice already this season but on this occasion they were to exit the FA Trophy with barely a whimper.

A poor Robins display from start to finish saw Barwell get revenge for their two previous 1-0 defeats in the league and FA Cup, and whilst not being particularly outstanding themselves they did enough to earn a deserved passage through.

Ilkeston didn’t manage a shot on goal until the 78th minute, and whilst they were hampered by the loss of two key players injured before half-time, it’s hard to argue that their exits proved particularly pivotal to the result.

A lack of attacking quality, despite the in-form Malachi Lavelle-Moore and top scorer Anthony Dwyer both starting, proved their main downfall and despite four wins out of five previous to this encounter, there remain many problems left for Paul Holland to solve.

The first key moment came just seven minutes in and it involved an injury to a key Ilkeston player. Luke Foster had gone down awkwardly a few moments earlier after jumping for a header, and was then withdrawn after his mobility failed to improve thanks to what appeared to be a back injury. Jaylon Bather replaced him.

Joe Ballinger had seen an early shot deflected to Ilkeston keeper Ross Durrant as Barwell began well, but after that precious few openings were created other than two wayward long distance strikes from Barwell’s Craig Stanley, one of which went out for a throw in after a nice piece of football on the edge of the Ilkeston penalty area.

The lull was finally broken in the 34th minute with the opening goal and it was Barwell who got it. Good work down the left from Eddie Nisevic saw the full-back get to the byline and his ball into the six yard box was flicked home by Owen Story.

Another injury then deprived Ilkeston of Luis Rose as things continued to go against them, half-time arriving with the Robins having been poor and lacking any cutting edge.

The start of the second-half wasn’t much better in terms of chances created but when one came along it brought Barwell’s second goal.

A cross from the left saw Ballinger’s header brilliantly saved by Durrant, but when the ball fell to Brady Hickey his squared pass was turned in by Ballinger from close range, with the Robins defence claiming offside.

The poor quality continued, particularly from Ilkeston’s point of view, it taking 78 minutes for Barwell keeper Liam Castle to make any sort of meaningful save, pushing sub Brandon Clarke’s cross away from goal. Lavelle-Moore’s shot from the resultant corner was blocked by a defender.

Durrant pulled off a good save to deny Story on 86 minutes as the Robins’ hopes of getting anything from the game continued to disappear at speed, sub Montel Gibson then shooting into the side netting.

Ilkeston: 1 Ross Durrant, 2 Jak Kenworthy, 3 Rory Coleman, 4 Ben Morris, 5 Matt Baker (c), 6 Luke Foster (Jaylon Bather 7), 7 Luis Rose (Danny Gordon 42), 8 Mark Shelton, 9 Anthony Dwyer, 10 Malachi Lavelle-Moore, 11 Haydn Goddard (Brandon Clarke 67)

Subs not used: Connor Walters, Reid Owen

Barwell: 1 Liam Castle, 2 Cleveland Taylor, 3 Eddie Nisevic, 4 Declan Towers, 5 Niall Rowe, 6 Nigel Julien, 7 Owen Story, 8 Craig Stanley, 9 Joe Ballinger (Montel Gibson 78), 10 Brady Hickey (c), 11 Romario Martinm (Simeon Cobourne 82)

Subs not used: Max Smith-Varnam, Nathan Edgington

Ref: Tom Reeve

Att: 262

Star Robin: Matt Baker