Ilkeston FC will be hoping to reproduce the kind of performance they put in last time they hosted a promotion-chasing side at the New Manor Ground as they take on Workington on Saturday.
The Robins surprised many onlookers by overcoming Salford City 2-1 on February 20, and although they haven’t won a league match since, boss Andy Watson is confident his players can produce another surprise result, particularly if they can follow on from an encouraging second-half in the defeat at Darlington on Tuesday.
He said: ““If I can get what I got from the players in the second-half at Darlington it augers well.
“I don’t want to harp on about the inexperience of youth too much but these lads are having to learn on the coalface and adapt very quickly to serious men’s football and are up against players of far greater maturity.
“So there is lots stacked against them but as we saw in the second-half at Darlington and in the win against Salford, they can stand up and take a challenge and are turning up and giving their very best every game, which I hope the fans can see.
“If we do that against Workington then I think we can ask some serious questions.”
The two sides last met in Cumbria back on November 28 when a 90th minute winner gave Workington all three points in a 3-2 win, Lee Ndlovu and Joe Doyle - both of whom have since left Ilkeston - scoring for the Robins.
Workington sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Premier, one of a group of five teams below leaders Blyth separated by just four points.
Last time out they suffered a big blow as they were beaten 5-3 at fellow play-off hopefuls Salford City on Tuesday night, while last Saturday a 90th minute penalty denied the Reds a win at home to Grantham Town.
Indeed, Workington’s last league win came on the same day as Ilkeston’s, a 2-0 victory over Stamford on February 20.
Their last away win was at Hyde United on January 25.
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Where: New Manor Ground, Ilkeston
How much: £6 adults, £4 Concessions, Children free with a paying adult.