Wilson keen to stretch unbeaten run in the league

Ilkeston FC will be looking to protect their ever-growing unbeaten league run this weekend as struggling Frickley Athletic come to the New Manor Ground.

It’s been seven games since the Robins last lost in the league at Hednesford Town on November 27, with five of those having been victories.

And following the 2-2 draw with Witton Albion last weekend, manager Kevin Wilson says confidence remains high in the camp.

He said: “We’re on a great run and, quite simply, if we keep doing what we’ve been doing in the last few games then that run should continue.

“People have been talking about the play-offs but that’s only a real possibility if we stay focused and don’t get carried away.”

Wilson felt the result at Witton was a fair one over the 90 minutes but was disappointed more wasn’t made of an impressive first-half display.

“To be honest we probably should have been three or four up at half-time but on the whole I thought a point was fair,” he added.

“As this run has gone on the confidence has kept growing and whereas a few months ago opponents like Witton may have been too strong for us, now we’re giving as good as we get.”

An exit from the Doodson Sport Cup on Monday at the hands of local rivals Eastwood ended the unbeaten run in all competitions, but Wilson felt the momentum won’t be rocked too much.

He said: “Eastwood did very well and had more energy about them, but I was disappointed as we picked a side we thought was capable of winning the game and some of the players didn’t take their chance.

“There were positives, such as the performance of young goalkeeper Ryan Swift who is coming along very well now, but while the competition wasn’t high on the list of priorities I was unhappy with the work rate of some of our players and I learned a lot about a few of them.”

Attention now turns to Frickley, who have lost every one of their ten away games so far, before Heanor Town come to the NMG next Monday in the Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter-final.

Wilson added: “Frickley will be given the utmost respect but what we do in both boxes will be so important again.

“We dominated the game at their place but somehow lost so we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s all about defending well and taking your chances.”