NORTHWICH Victoria produced an excellent display to end Ilkeston FC’s FA Trophy campaign on Monday night.
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ILKESTON FC 1
Joe Maguire 78pen
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 5
Chris Budrys 20, 40
Nathan Woolfe 46
Wayne Riley 54, 79
by Mark Duffy
IT’S not often this season that Ilkeston FC are going to come up against a side that will play them off the park and stick five goals past them in the process.
But that was the scenario on Monday night as Northwich Victoria destroyed a Robins side unable to match the expectancy following Saturday’s draw in Cheshire, instead putting in a sterile performance — albeit against a side in the top two of the league above.
It made it a disappointing night for home fans but credit must be given to Northwich who dictated throughout and scored goals at vital times.
Ilkeston’s returning striker Gary Ricketts didn’t take long to show his aerial prowess, nodding well wide from James Reid’s corner in the third minute, while at the other end Kyle Armstrong and Wayne Riley were both too high with good opportunities.
But the visitors were eventually to break the deadlock on 20 minutes when full-back John Disney found space on the right hand side and put in a fine cross which target man Chris Budrys glanced wide of Alex Archer and into the corner of the net.
Riley then saw a low shot tipped around the post by Archer, before the Robins’ best opening of the night came after half-an-hour, when Armstrong gave the ball away to Joe Wilcox in midfield who in turn fed Daryll Thomas to go one-on-one with Ben Hinchliffe, but the Vics keeper blocked the effort well.
Budrys then headed wide but he and Vics weren’t to be denied four minutes before the break. Nathan Woolfe, a threat throughout on the left, swung a low ball in which hit a combination of Wilson and the heel of Budrys before spinning into the net.
Woolfe wasted a good chance when Riley pulled the ball back from the byline on the stroke of half-time, but the visitors held a healthy lead at the break.
And it took less than a minute for the third goal to arrive in the second-half. Budrys was the creator this time as he got in behind Hill and squared for Woolfe to finish well and put the match out of Ilkeston’s reach.
Goal four came eight minutes later. Lewis Short burst down the left and drilled the ball in to where Riley arrived and slid it home.
Robins sub Tyrell Waite broke down the left on 65 minutes and cut inside to fire in a shot which hit the outside of the post and out for a goal kick, and when the same player ended up on his backside when trying to put a cross in moments later it seemed to sum things up for the hosts.
But a consolation did arrive after 77 minutes after a penalty was awarded for reasons best known to the referee, possibly for a shirt tug but certainly confusing everyone in the ground. Joe Maguire struck home the spot-kick.
But it was 5-1 within a minute when the ball broke to Riley outside the box and he fired in his second in style, and that was how it stayed for a very solid and deserved Vics success.
Ilkeston: 1 Alex Archer 2 James Cullingworth 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Matt Richards 5 Josh Hill 6 Joe Maguire 7 Joe Wilcox (Tyrell Waite 52) 8 Ashley Robinson (Adam Colton 64) 9 Gary Ricketts (Liam Green 86) 10 Daryll Thomas (c) 11 James Reid. Subs not used: Dan Partridge, Russell Cooke
Att: 530 Ref: S Eagland