Watson satisfied with a draw from rain-affected cup tie

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Ilkeston FC boss Andy Watson was happy to have seen his side earn a replay from their FA Trophy clash with Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

Whilst the Robins were overwhelming favourites to win the game beforehand, persistent rain and a subsequently sticky pitch made it difficult for both sides to play their natural game.

And that left Watson satisfied that his side instead will replay the tie in Yorkshire on Tuesday night.

He said: “It was a fantastic cup tie played with goodwill and great spirit by both sides.

“Given the conditions, it was interesting that the amount of fouls recorded by the referee were among the fewest. That goes to show it was played in the right spirit.

“We took possibly longer to adapt to the conditions than they did. We were unfortunate to go a goal behind at half-time, particularly as the goal looked from our position to have been offside.

“However, we started to adapt and I thought we were the better side in the second-half. On another day, we would have got a couple of goals. The most important thing is that we are still in the cup with a game on Tuesday evening to try and get there.”

Should Ilkeston win Tuesday’s replay, they will travel to the current holders of the FA Trophy, National League North side North Ferriby United, on Saturday, November 28.