Wilson in a buoyant mood after fifth straight win

Ryan Wilson (right) takes control against Worksop.
Ryan Wilson (right) takes control against Worksop.

Manager Kevin Wilson revelled in Ilkeston FC’s superb run of form this week and declared: “There’s still much more to come.”

The Robins made it five league wins on the trot with an excellent 2-1 victory over Worksop Town on New Year’s Day, the three points sealed by Laurie Wilson’s injury-time goal.

And as Ilkeston prepare to travel to Cheshire on Saturday to face fourth-placed Witton Albion, the manager was delighted with the continuation of his side’s excellent form.

He said: “I don’t think we were at our best against Worksop, nor on Boxing Day against Eastwood to be honest, but we’ve got a grit and determination about the place at the moment and we’re grinding out results which for me is fantastic.

“The boys have got to take a lot of credit for that.

“Against Worksop I felt we didn’t put enough crosses into the box in the first-half and they were the better side, but we ground them down a bit more in the second-half, got the ball wide, got it into the box and it caused them problems.

“The fact is we’re moving in the right direction, and that’s up.

“We’re not going to get carried away, we’ll just keep doing the simple things right as we’ve done that well recently and the results have been there to see.”

The Robins last failed to win a match on December 1 against Marine, since then racking up 15 points from a possible 15 - as well as a Derbyshire Senior Cup win too.

But Wilson still believes there is more to come.

“We’ve got lots to improve on, that goes without saying. Worksop and ourselves are at two different ends of the spectrum in that they can go out and spend good money on players like Tom Denton, but we can’t do that and would rather nurture youngsters and bring them through,” he said.

“But that doesn’t mean we don’t have high standards and we make things hard for ourselves at times, which if we can address properly then who knows how far we can go?”

Wilson also praised winger James Reid, who came off the bench to have a starring role in Tuesday’s win.

He said: “I’ve said to Reidy that 2013 is a new start for him.

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“He’s got some fitness issues which need to be addressed but his quality is there to see. We want to be able to see 60 or 70 minutes of that rather than just 20 minutes like against Worksop.

“I’m looking to start him as he’s got ability but he’s got to do it consistently. He’s given me a decision to make on Saturday now.”

Following the trip to Witton, Ilkeston will host local rivals Eastwood Town in the Doodson Sport Cup third round on Monday night.

Admission prices have been reduced for the tie, which will go to extra-time and penalties if required.

Wilson said: “There may be an experimental element to the game in terms of formation but it’s still one we want to win and I’ll pick a side accordingly.”