Robins stars beginning to attract the big boys

Ilkeston Town's fine start to the season has started to attract the attention of Football League clubs - and that is no surprise to manager Kevin Wilson.

Striker Amari Morgan-Smith (pictured) is thought to have been the reason for Derby County manager Nigel Clough travelling to watch Tuesday's fine 0-3 win at Solihull Moors. Burton Albion assistant manager Gary Rowett was also present.

Clough has an eye for non-league talent and honed this while at the Brewers, where he developed the side which emerged from the Conference into the Football League. And in the summer, he took Ilkeston midfielder Ben Pringle to Pride Park.

“We have got some good young players here and people can see that,” said Wilson, whose defence has an average age of around 21.

He is happy to thrust responsibility on the shoulders of emerging players and has been rewarded with seeing his squad on the fringe of the play-off places. They have been unbeaten since losing the first match of the season against Droylsden, who are expected to push hard for promotion.

Wilson praised the handful of fans who travelled to Solihull, as well as the faithful band who made the costly trip to Workington on Saturday. He hopes there will be a healthy gate when Vauxhall Motors visit the New Manor Ground on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

And he was quick to thank his squad for the effort in beating Solihull and clocking up the first away win of the Blue Square North campaign.

“As coaches, we give them the ammunition to go out and play. They did it really well,” said Wilson who has signed midfielder Jake Beecroft from Rushden and Diamonds for three months.

Beecroft, who turned 20 on Friday, started 15 Conference Premier games last season and came on as a substitute on ten occasions. He scored one goal.

Club captain Gary Ricketts is likely to miss Saturday's game as punishment for being sent off at AFC Telford on August 29. He scored twice at Damson Park, jolting Solihull early in the game. He has now scored four goals, the same as strike partner Morgan-Smith.

Wilson was disappointed with the goal-less draw at Workington, feeling an opportunity was lost to seize three points. He then told players of the need to win the next two games.

With that first target achieved, he is urging the team to make sure of victory over Vauxhall Motors as they seek to keep the Robins pushing up the table.

On Monday, the Robins are in the hat for the FA Cup. The second preliminary round game will be played on Saturday, September 26.

Two Ilkeston Town players are to spend at least a month with Frickley, who are fighting to get out of the bottom of the Unibond Premier Division.

Defender James Dudgeon and right winger Chris Davies have been with the first team at Ilkeston but have not yet featured in games.

Meanwhile, season tickets are available for collection by Ilkeston fans. They are being asked to bring along their temporary tickets for exchange at Saturday's home game against Vauxhall Motors, where they will be exchanged for new ones at the gate.