Wilson expects no complacency

Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson
Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson

ILKESTON FC boss Kevin Wilson has warned his young squad against complacency this weekend as they host managerless Quorn at the New Manor Ground.

The Leicestershire side are yet to gain a point so far this season and sit rooted at the bottom of the table, with previous boss Doug Keast having quit his post following a 5-0 defeat to Grantham on August 29.

A new manager is yet to be installed, but Wilson is adamant his side cannot simply expect to turn up and win the match.

He said: “We can’t be complacent at all. We’re coming into this match on the back of two defeats and having had a break from action to analyse things there will be changes to the side this weekend.

“We’ve been controlling games and playing good football but a combination of defensive errors costing us goals and a failure to convert chances at the other end meaning we’re not scoring enough of them has meant we’ve dropped points.

“But, as I’ve said all along, this is a young team, many of whom haven’t played first-team football before, and it is a constant learning curve.”

Wilson says he hopes to have two new signings in his ranks for Saturday’s game, and also that defender Russell Cooke and winger Will McCall will come through training and be fit to play following injuries.

Ryan Wilson has recovered from a virus and is also expected to take part.

“We’re trying to do deals with a couple of players, both of whom fit in with our ethos of recruiting young players to take us forward,” added the Robins boss.

A trip to Lincoln United will then follow on Tuesday night, with the Robins’ hosts having drawn all three of their home games so far and sitting fifth in the league.

Following the Lincoln game, another FA Cup weekend could then see Ilkeston enjoy more time off ahead of the next league match, a visit to Sheffield FC on September 24.

But Wilson says the club are hoping to re-arrange a league fixture for that date, expected to be with one of the sides knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend.

Meanwhile, Ilkeston’s development squad will start their season tonight (8th) with a visit to Dinnington Town.

Paul Holland’s squad will play their matches in Division Three of the Baris North Midlands Under-19 League, and began their competitive season with a 1-1 draw against Pinxton in the league’s Mini-Shield competition, Liam Woodward scoring the goal.

The Robins’ academy side will play their first league game in the Conference Youth League against Gateshead at the New Manor Ground next Wednesday (14th). The kick-off time is yet to be announced.