Tigers tamed by fine late blitz from Robins

Aaron Hooton (right) gets up to head the equaliser in the first-half.
Aaron Hooton (right) gets up to head the equaliser in the first-half.
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Worksop Town 1 Ilkeston FC 4

Ilkeston hit three goals in a devastating final 15 minutes as Worksop Town let an early lead slip at Sandy Lane on Easter Monday.

The game had looked destined for a draw following a quiet second-half, but Gary Ricketts, Kane Richards and James Reid struck late on to secure Ilkeston’s second win of the Easter weekend.

And it was hard to argue against the Robins deserving the points. As even as many periods of the game had been, the visitors created the better openings and left manager Kevin Wilson delighted with the ruthlessness in front of goal that had seen seven goals netted in two games.

But things didn’t start well. After Tom Denton had forced Chris Martin into a fine early save and then headed over from a corner, Worksop took the lead six minutes in when Ash Burbeary found Leon Mettam with a fine through ball and the former Ilkeston Town loanee finished well.

To Ilkeston’s credit they weren’t too fazed by that early shock and Aaron Hooton soon hit a low effort straight at Paul Bastock in the Tigers goal.

The equaliser came on 20 minutes. First Jack Watts was released down the inside right channel and saw his firm shot pushed away by Bastock for a corner.

Watts then took the flag kick and found Hooton’s head ten yards out and his glancing effort in turn found the net.

Hooton nearly scored again moments later after he was fed by Reid but Bastock again got down to save the shot, while at the other end Steve Towers had two bites at the cherry when in space on the edge of the penalty area but saw his first effort blocked and the second fly over the bar.

Mettam then hit a weak shot at Martin just before the break and the sides would go in level at 1-1.

The second-half was somewhat dull for the most part. The most exciting things to happen in the first half-an-hour of it were four substitutions, as neither side was able to keep possession or create an opening.

That all changed, however, with 15 minutes to go. After Laurie Wilson had headed straight at Bastock from a corner, Reid then broke forward and saw a shot tipped wide by the Town keeper.

The crucial second goal came on 78 minutes, when Kane Richards’ ball in from the left was touched back to sub Ricketts by his fellow sub Alex Ford, and the veteran striker’s low finish was assured into the far corner.

Ryan Clarke saw a low drive pushed away by Martin moments later, but Ilkeston’s third came on 81 and it was a fine goal, as Ricketts released Kane Richards on the half way line and his pace took him through before he hit a stunning finish into the top corner.

Worksop had no answer, and after Watts had seen another effort saved by Bastock, Reid wrapped things up in the final minute of normal time with a rocket of a shot from 12 yards after cutting inside from the left and an excellent win was complete.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Worksop: 1 Paul Bastock 2 Ryan Clarke 3 Stuart Ludlam 4 Matt Young (Cecil Nyoni 55) 5 Danny Stimpson 6 Martin Ball 7 Craig King (Lee Potts 71) 8 Steve Towers (c) 9 Tom Denton 10 Leon Mettam 11 Ashley Burbeary. Subs not used: Jack Dean, Nathan Modest, James Lindley

Scorer: Mettam 6

Ilkeston: 1 Chris Martin 2 Ellis Storey 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Laurie Wilson 5 Joe Maguire 6 Dan Partridge 7 James Reid 8 Jack Watts 9 Kane Richards 10 Aaron Hooton (Alex Ford 64) 11 Matt Richards (Gary Ricketts 55). Subs not used: Greg Pearson, Russell Peel, James Cullingworth

Att: 348 Ref: P Thompson

Star Robin: Kane Richards

by Mark Duffy