Not all games will be as easy as this one was for Ilkeston FC but the finesse with which they dispatched Trafford on Saturday can only be applauded.
The visitors simply had no answer to the Robins’ passing, pace and crucially their finishing prowess, and whilst Ilkeston were as good as Trafford were poor, that is a tribute to just how impressive a display this was.
Not only that, but coming just five days after a last-gasp winner denied them a point against Stourbridge on the same turf, the young Robins’ ‘bouncebackability’ got full marks here too.
There was only ever going to be one winner in this one and from the off the hosts were in control.
David Morgan pulled most of the strings in midfield with Chey Adams, rewarded a starting spot following his impressive Cameo against Stourbridge, justifying that decision with another excellent display. Both saw early chances go close.
Kane Richards looks a different player this season and he once again posed a handful for an opposing side, indeed it was he who created the opener on 11 minutes after Adams had won possession in midfield and spread the ball wide, Richards’ cross headed firmly home by Rob Duffy.
The second goal came on 24 minutes after Adams had seen a shot blocked by keeper Tom Read, whose display throughout certainly stopped the Robins hitting double figures.
The resultant corner from James Reid somehow eluded all but Joe Maguire in the six-yard box and he nodded home easily to make it two.
Duffy fired just too high from outside the penalty area but wouldn’t be denied on 41 minutes when presented with his third penalty kick in as many games.
Adams again was the architect as he burst into the box only to be fouled by Paul Ashton, Duffy doing the rest from 12 yards.
Trafford’s best moment came right on half-time as Shelton Payne lined one up from 30 yards only to see his piledriver smack the crossbar.
The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first as the Robins ran away with the game.
Richards added goal number four when he ran on to a Morgan pass and switched to his right foot before finding the net via the head of Trafford skipper Nia Bayunu, although the shot was on target.
Reid fired low at the keeper just after the hour as Ilkeston continued to pass and move with great vigour, goal five arriving on 69 minutes when defender Jack Lane and Morgan combined well before Lane’s cross was met with a poor excuse for a clearance by Ben Woods and Adams, in acres of space ten yards out, mopped up to finish high into the net.
It was only Adams’ second goal in an Ilkeston shirt but his third followed soon afterwards.
Playing further forward following Duffy’s withdrawal, the teenager was able to use his pace and power to full effect and this was no more evident than when Morgan released him through the middle and he was able to shake off the not inconsiderable frame of Bayunu before finishing superbly into the far corner.
That was that as far as goals were concerned although Trafford’s Payne had another effort well pushed away by Jordan Smith and Ilkeston sub Mike Williams stung Read’s fingertips with a late shot not long after his arrival.
Once again Ilkeston’s young side and belied their years with a comprehensive win. The future, undoubtedly, looks bright.
Saturday, August 23, 2014:
Ilkeston: 1 Jordan Smith 2 Luke Shaw 3 James Reid (Kieran Wallace 72) 4 Akil Wright 5 Joe Maguire (c) 6 Jack Lane 7 David Morgan 8 Callum Chettle 9 Rob Duffy (Mike Williams 75) 10 Kane Richards(Jake Mulraney 81) 11 Chey Adams. Subs not used: Ellis Storey, Danny Gordon
Trafford: 1 Tom Read 2 Rees Welsh (Jamie Matthews 80) 3 Paul Ashton (Ben Woods 47) 4 Stephen Mason 5 Nia Bayunu (c) 6 Tom Schofield 7 Chris Palmer 8 Rory Fallon 9 Michael Oates 10 Joe Shaw (Clevon Beadle 53) 11 Shelton Payne. Subs not used: Callum Jones, Mark Derbyshire
Att: 332 Ref: Stuart Eagland
Star Robin: Chey Adams
Report by Mark Duffy (@DuffersSport)
Photos by Craig Lamont (@_CLPhotography)