Robins remain firmly on road to Wembley

Reece Fyfe celebrates his goal. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Reece Fyfe celebrates his goal. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Ilkeston Town booked their place in the third round of the FA Vase with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Sporting Community on Saturday.

Reece Fyfe opened the scoring in the eighth minute, then Sporting were reduced to ten men midway through the second half when Jak Barnes saw a straight red for a foul on Fyfe.

Substitute Alex Marshall slotted the ball into the back of the net in the 83rd minute to confirm the win.

The Robins started quickly and just a minute after Paulo Piliero fired just over from the edge of the area, they went in front. Jamie Walker’s cross was met by Fyfe who headed past Sporting ‘keeper Reiss Jeavons, for his first Ilkeston goal.

Fyfe nearly doubled his tally ten minutes later. He met another ball in from the left, but this time headed just over the bar.

At the start of the second half Charlie Higgs wasted the home side’s best opening, smashing the ball well over the bar. At the other end the post denied Ilkeston a second goal. Tim Hopkinson lifted the ball over Jeavons only for it to come back off the woodwork.

Just ten minutes later the home side were reduced to ten men when Barnes was shown a straight red for a bad challenge on Fyfe, as the Ilkeston winger was bursting into the penalty area.

Ilkeston got a second goal seven minutes from time. A long ball forward found Malachi Lavelle-Moore, who unselfishly rolled the ball to fellow substitute Alex Marshall. He took it first time and slotted into the bottom corner to confirm the win.

There was still time for Ilkeston to come close to a third. Walker saw a swerving drive pushed away for a corner, which Tom Marshall rose highest to head goalwards only for it to come back off the bar.