Wilson delighted with Robins’ run of form

Ilkeston's Matt Richards (right) tries to hold off the attentions of a New Mills opponent during Saturday's game.
Ilkeston's Matt Richards (right) tries to hold off the attentions of a New Mills opponent during Saturday's game.

KEVIN Wilson has expressed his satisfaction at Ilkeston FC’s form after two more home wins maintained the pressure at the top of the table.

The Robins beat both New Mills and Lincoln United 3-1 in the space of 48 hours at the New Manor Ground, meaning they’ve taken maximum points from the last three games in their pursuit of promotion.

And while the sides around them still have games in hand, Wilson says he can’t ask any more of his side than to win their games.

He said: “All you can do is get three points so they’re in the bag and it’s up to the other teams to do the same.

“As I’ve said before, if you’re going to put a good run of form together then now is the time to do it as we’re at the key point of the season.”

Regarding the victories over New Mills and Lincoln, Wilson was pleased his side’s attacking quality shone through eventually after some jittery moments at the back in both matches could have made things more difficult.

“I can’t be too harsh on the lads because they’re all so young and we’ve played some great football that deserved three points,” he said.”

“But there were also some sloppy moments we need to try and eradicate.

“After an hour on Saturday we seemed to completely take our foot off the gas which I think was a sign of inexperience among the younger players, as sometimes they can take liberties when seemingly in a strong position.

“The Lincoln game was a good example of us being so attack-minded - which in fairness is how I think the game should be played - but as a result losing a bit of concentration at the back.

“But I’m delighted with the results because to win two games in the space of 48 hours is no mean feat for any team.”

Wilson also praised striker Daryll Thomas, who ended his barren spell in front of goal by netting against Lincoln on Monday.

He said: “Daryll just had to keep believing and in the end it was a great finish. Hopefully now he’ll get back to his old form and put the tough spell behind him.”

Tough tests

The Robins face another pair of games in quick succession this weekend as they travel to Coalville Town on Saturday before hosting Leek Town next Monday night.

Defender Russell Cooke will return after suspension at Coalville, while Sam Duncum is expected to take part despite having been withdrawn at half-time against Lincoln after feeling unwell.

Wilson added: “Cookey’s had some time out not only with the ban but also as he and his wife have just had a baby, so he’ll be back and will bring some vital experience to the back line.

“Coalville drew here in October and I feel they’re the only team to have really outplayed us at home all season, so Saturday will be tough.

“Our home form on Monday nights has been excellent so hopefully that’ll continue against Leek.”