Wilson takes heart from Ilkeston’s good start

Kane Richards (right) breaks forward against Stamford on Monday night. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Kane Richards (right) breaks forward against Stamford on Monday night. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Kevin Wilson looked back on Ilkeston FC’s opening two matches of the season with a mixture of caution and pride as they collected four points from a possible six.

Things started badly with a poor first-half display at Whitby Town on Saturday before a better second-half produced a 1-1 draw, and that was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Stamford on Monday night, albeit after several scares early on.

All in all Wilson was satisfied but believes there is still lots to work on.

He said: “We were disappointing in the first-half on Saturday as we didn’t pass the ball well enough and our movement wasn’t good either.

“We did much better in the second-half but it was still a game I felt we could have won.

“Monday was a tale of both penalty areas really in that initially we missed the presence of a player like Gary Ricketts or Aaron Hooton with some of the positions we got ourselves in, while at the other end Rob Kozluk was in the right place at the right time to clear off the line.

“Then in the second-half we killed them off with two set pieces and a long range goal and deserved the win.

“It was a quality free-kick from Chris Palmer and a bit unusual for me to see as I often prefer us to pass them rather than go straight for goal, but it was good to get a win under our belts early on, especially at home, and the clean sheet was important too as we didn’t get enough of those last year.

“We’ve got lots of firepower up front and the two young lads did well at the back too.”

The Robins host Marine on Saturday before visiting Buxton on Bank Holiday Monday, with Wilson keen to keep the average of four points for every two games going.

He added: “I’ve always said if you can keep that kind of tally going you’ve got a good chance of doing well so it’s a good start in that sense.

“Saturday showed we may have to do things a bit differently away from home which might mean opportunities for the likes of Ricketts and Hooton to get starts as they’ve been a bit unfortunate not to play as much recently, but we’ll take each game on its own merits.”