Well, all good things must come to an end and on Tuesday night Ilkeston lost a game for the first time since the start of November.
Surprisingly it came in the Derbyshire Senior Cup against a team a division lower and perhaps that was, in a sense, better than it being a league game.
Nevertheless, it is disappointing that the Robins couldn’t earn the chance to defend the trophy once again.
It was a poor display on what admittedly wasn’t the kind of pitch that would have done them any favours, Kevin Wilson left pretty unhappy afterwards by several sub-standard displays.
It was also one of the hardest games I’ve ever had when it comes to picking a ‘Star Robin’ for the match report. I ended up going for keeper Jordan Smith as he was arguably the least disappointing.
With all the talk of unbeaten runs it was easy to forget that Ilkeston still haven’t won a league game in a little while and that’s a big concern given the way some other teams are performing and also some of the fixtures coming up.
I know the word ‘title’ is probably a forbidden one around the NMG but it’s no longer in the Robins’ hands as it was and victories over other sides going for glory are going to be crucial.
This weekend’s visit of Frickley will be important because a response will be required from the Gresley game and some players in the side have a bit to prove if they want to be a part of any promotion push. Some severe weaknesses were highlighted on Tuesday.
New faces may be an option but there have been a few arrivals recently and too many in too short a time span can upset any rhythm the team has, although not having won for a little while suggests the current rhythm may be a little off the beat and that a freshening up of the starting eleven might be useful.
Whatever happens, it’s important the fans get behind the team as it could well be that the next two or three months will be incredibly exciting for lots of different reasons.
By the way, you’ll now be able to read (or completely ignore) some rantings from me in the new Robins Monthly magazine. I’ll be doing a spread each month called ‘View from the Press Box’ which will include my thoughts on Robins games and in a more anecdotal style than the kind of stuff you read here.
The monthly mag has been really popular and is very impressive, certainly unique at this level of football and also the envy of many clubs.
The club benefits from the sales so I’d encourage you to grab a copy each month as it’s certainly worth a read.