Robins on fire again with six of the best

Defender Josh Hill scored his first Ilkeston goal and put in a fine display against Market Drayton on Saturday.
Defender Josh Hill scored his first Ilkeston goal and put in a fine display against Market Drayton on Saturday.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Evo-Stik Division One South



Darren Caskey 2 (pen), 38 (pen)

Will McCall 40

Josh Hill 65

Gary Ricketts 85

Tyrell Waite 88

by Rod Malcolm

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre turned into a football feast for Ilkeston fans who drove through bright sun followed by stinging rain.

Officials of the home team, whose red shirts advertise a sawmill, ended the day ruefully declaring the Robins the most impressive of their visitors. Before the match, they had spoken highly of league leaders Sheffield FC.

The blood began to flow in the opening scene. Russell Peel marauded down the left and was tripped. Up stepped Darren Caskey to score a second minute penalty.

In 21 minutes, Gary Ricketts forced the ball home but the effort was ruled out for pushing. “Ref, you’re rubbish,” an Ilkeston fan declared.

A rainbow arched across far fields and a butterfly jinked along a touchline. So did Will McCall but with more evil intent, knocking over a cross which Ricketts hit wide.

In the 27th minute, keeper Ben Gathercole made a decent save from Nicky Porter. It turned out to be his only brisk bit of business because Josh Hill was a colossus and Russell Cooke was quietly sweeping.

Ryan Wilson got forward to shake the side netting and the Robins scored after 38 minutes, with Caskey getting another penalty. This was awarded when a McCall cross caused havoc.

Within another two minutes, the match seemed beyond Market Drayton. Liam Green fed Ricketts, who swapped passes with McCall. The winger cut inside two defenders and swept the ball in.

James Cullingworth angled in a deep cross and Ricketts headed it wide. The big striker did the same with a cross by McCall. At half-time, Ricketts finished off an orange and told fans: “I can’t score for toffee, me.”

As the game resumed, Caskey was booked but was consoled by a fan, who yelled: “I’ve got you in my dream team.”

Ricketts was hoping for toffee when he was pulled back just outside the penalty area. Referee Les Sinclair was helped by Ilkeston fans who counted out his paces as he tried to get the home wall back ten yards.

Hill then headed home a 65th minute goal at the near post, after a Caskey corner was moved on by Andrew Osei-Siribour, before lightning crackled and Ricketts finally netted with six minutes left, a low shot after a Caskey corner.

Oddly, free-scoring Daryll Thomas had not got in on the act. Although he ran and ran, no chances fell to him.

But Tyrell Waite did manage a goal with three minutes remaining after Caskey retired to be replaced by a busy Adam Colton.

And to cap it all Ilkeston even won the raffle, with secretary Andrew Raisin taking home whisky after his wife Pam picked the right ticket.

Ilkeston: 1 Ben Gathercole 2 James Cullingworth 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Liam Green 5 Josh Hill 6 Russell Cooke 7 Russell Peel 8 Darren Caskey (Adam Colton 85) 9 Gary Ricketts 10 Daryll Thomas (Tyrell Waite 82) 11 Will McCall (Andrew Osei-Siribour 54)

Subs not used: Dan Partridge, Aaron Butcher (GK)

Ref: L Sinclair

Att: 143

Star Man: Josh Hilll