Ilkeston Town recorded their sixth straight home win with a 4-1 victory over Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday, largely thanks to Jamie Walker’s hat-trick.
The win kept Ilkeston top of the Midland Football League Premier Division, with them being three points clear of Walsall Wood with six games remaining.
The game did not have to wait long for its first goal as Walker fired in a 20-yard effort after good run in just the eighth minute.
Ten minutes later Dixon rose highest at the back post but his header back across goal was scrambled clear. Tom Marshall then came close from a corner but it would not have stood if it had crossed the line as he was adjudged to be in an offside position.
On the half hour mark the visitors had their first real chance of the game. Captain Jake Betts met a corner from the left but could not put his header on target.
With less than five minutes to play in the half Shepshed came even closer to an equaliser. Liam Hurst was picked out in the middle and his header was well saved by Liam Mitchell.
On the stroke of half-time Ilkeston came close to doubling their advantage. Reco Fyfe had an effort saved by Ganley before Walker’s speculative effort was cleared.
At the other end Pearson Mwanyongo forced Mitchell into a good save at his near post before the half time whistle.
Just five minutes into the half Dynamo were level. Jordan Wilson received the ball with his back to goal, turned and fired into the back of the net.
Straight from the restart Ilkeston went back in front. Elliott Reeves picked out Kyle Dixon at the back post and after taking a touch he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Mitchell had to be at his best to keep out Sam Moore’s effort from outside the area. At the other end Ganley did well to deny Walker.
There was nothing Ganley could do about Walker’s second of the game. The winger ran towards goal before curling the ball past Ganley and into the top corner from 25 yards out.
After the goal the game seemed to fall away with neither side creating any real chances until injury time when Ilkeston added a fourth. A long ball over the top set Walker away and he slid the ball into the back of the net to round off the win.