McCall stars on return as Ilkeston overcome Quorn

Ilkeston FC winger Will McCall (left) takes on a Quorn defender during the Robins' 2-0 win on Saturday.
Ilkeston FC winger Will McCall (left) takes on a Quorn defender during the Robins' 2-0 win on Saturday.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Evo-Stik Division One South


Will McCall 29

Daryll Thomas 83


by Mark Duffy

ILKESTON secured their first win in three attempts at home to Quorn on Saturday as goals in each half from Will McCall and Daryll Thomas sent the bottom-of-the-table side back to Leicestershire empty-handed.

Comfortable but not particularly clinical was probably the best way of describing the victory, as a host of missed chances could have seen the Robins win by a far bigger margin.

Such profligacy may be punished by better sides than Quorn, who battled well and indeed missed one or two good openings of their own, but on this occasion Ilkeston came out on top on a gusty afternoon.

The first opening came in the second minute when McCall, back after three weeks out with a groin injury, cut in from the right hand side but saw his low shot parried away by keeper Matthew Nurse - one of the three ‘brothers Nurse’ in the visitors’ line-up.

Daryll Thomas flicked Darren Caskey’s free-kick wide on seven minutes, before at the other end Quorn should have opened the scoring a minute later with their first real attack.

Shawn Richards’ back heel released Kris Nurse who in turn squared the ball across the six-yard box but Tony Law mis-kicked in front of goal and Ilkeston cleared.

And a minute later the visitors went very close again, Kris Nurse turning in the box and hitting a low shot which Aaron Butcher tipped onto the far post.

Ilkeston’s Russell Peel headed another Caskey free-kick just over the top and Ash Robinson curled an effort straight at Butcher for Quorn, before on 26 Thomas’s flicked header drifted just wide from McCall’s ball in.

But the lead was to go Ilkeston’s way on 29 minutes. McCall picked the ball up 25 yards out and after steadying himself he placed a precise left-foot shot past the dive of keeper Nurse and into the corner of the net.

Kris Nurse let fly from distance on 42 but his effort was just past the angle of post and bar, before a mix up in the Robins’ defence nearly let Richards in on the stroke of half-time but Butcher rushed out to block.

It took until the 59th minute for a good second-half chance to come the way of either side when Kris Nurse found himself free in the area but Butcher saved his low shot.

Thomas was having a frustrating day thus far, and three times in quick succession he was denied by either goalkeeper or woodwork with good opportunities.

McCall showed his ability again by cutting in from the right and unleashing a great effort which clipped the top of the crossbar, before Ricketts fired wide when in a good position on 68 minutes.

But the promised second goal was to finally arrive on 83 minutes, and it was Thomas who this time managed to take his chance. Running onto a through ball he had all the time in the world to do his thing and slid the ball home to put the result beyond doubt.

Peel and sub Tyrell Waite both missed late chances to make it three, but the game, and three welcome points, were secure.

Ilkeston: 1 Aaron Butcher 2 Dan Partridge (Ryan Wilson 46) 3 James Cullingworth 4 Liam Green 5 Josh Hill 6 Russell Cooke (c) 7 Russell Peel 8 Darren Caskey 9 Gary Ricketts 10 Daryll Thomas (Tyrell Waite 88) 11 Will McCall (Andrew Osei-Siribour 87)

Subs not used: Laurence Zisaruk-Gibson, Tom Colclough

Ref: E Smart

Att: 484

Star Man: Will McCall