Midland Amateur Alliance
Ilkeston Rutland 6
Radcliffe Olympic 2
ILKESTON recovered from a terrible start to fight back and put six past Radcliffe on Saturday.
Just two minutes had been played when Ben Holmes’ clearance from an Olympic corner hit the back of the net for an own goal.
And on four minutes things got worse when from another corner the visitors prodded the ball home though Rutland felt the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
This seemed to kick-start the Showmen in to gear and several chances went close for the home side.
With the clock winding down for the half-time whistle it was a moment of pure brilliance that got Ilkeston back into the game.
Luke Slaney hit a volley from around 35 yards out which had skill, technique, concentration and imagination and it swerved past the keeper’s outstretched glove for a fantastic goal.
Manager Kieran Edwards had plenty to say at the half-time team talk as Ilkeston’s first=half had been split with a poor start and better finish.
Ilkeston went out all guns blazing in the second-half and Holmes redeemed himself when he met Robinson’s cross with a header giving the keeper no chance for 2-2.
Within minutes of the re-start skipper Lee Cumberland scored an outrageous goal from his own half, beating the keeper on his line to give his side the lead 3-2.
Joe Gent, who has had some brilliant games of late, was on song again as he jinked and weaved past two markers before unleashing a daisy cutter to make it 4-2.
Ilkeston where well on top now and attacks where frequent on the Radcliffe goal as their energy and effort seemed to lapse.
David Leighton then had an immediate impact after coming off the bench when he beat his marker to fire home a cross from Slaney on the right to make it 5-2.
Holmes then rounded things off with a curling free-kick from 25 yards out to make it six.
Man-of-the-match - Luke Slaney.