Ilkeston will be looking to overcome their cup semi-final heartbreak as they head to in-form Ashton United on Saturday in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
The penalty shoot-out defeat to Scarborough on Tuesday means Ilkeston now have just league pride to play for, but six straight defeats is a run they’ll be keen to arrest on Tameside this weekend.
Ashton currently sit fifth in the table and well in the hunt for at least a play-off place, something they have achieved for the last two seasons.
They are unbeaten in their last five games, four of those being victories, and produced a fine display to win 2-1 at fellow promotion-hopefuls Stourbridge on Monday night.
The two sides last met back in September when Gavin Strachan was still in charge of Ilkeston. Jason Gorton put through his own net in the opening minute to give Ilkeston the lead but Ashton levelled before the break when Joe Doyle fouled Adam Morning and was red carded as a result, Chris Baguley scoring from the penalty spot.
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Where: Hurst Cross Stadium, Surrey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 8DY.
How much: £10 adults, £6 concessions, one child under-14 free with a paying adult.
Following this Ilkeston will host Mickleover Sports on Easter Monday at the New Manor Ground, kick-off 3pm.
Sports are currently in the relegation zone but did their hopes of survival plenty of good with a 3-1 win at home to Ramsbottom last Saturday. That was then followed by a 2-1 loss to promotion-hopefuls Workington on Tuesday night.
Managed by joint bosses Craig Hopkins and former Ilkeston Town man Glenn Kirkwood, the win over Ramsbottom was their first since December 28 but they are still only three points from safety.
The Robins last played Mickleover on Boxing Day when Matt Baker’s early goal was cancelled out by Kristian Green in a 1-1 draw.
When: Monday, March 28, 2016
Where: New Manor Ground, Awsworth Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8JF
How much: £6 adults, £4 concessions, Children free with a paying adult.