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1978/79 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Boston 36 24 6 6 71 27 54
2 Skegness Town 36 23 8 5 65 31 54
3 Mexborough Town Athletic 36 21 8 7 57 35 50
4 Eastwood Town 36 19 10 7 56 35 48
5 Bridlington Trinity 36 16 11 9 76 43 43
6 Arnold 36 14 14 8 56 50 42
7 Sutton Town 36 16 7 13 53 50 39
8 Long Eaton United 36 16 6 14 51 40 38
9 Brigg Town 36 12 9 15 52 54 33
10 Ashby Institute 36 13 7 16 36 48 33
11 Retford Town 36 12 8 16 49 49 32
12 Appleby Frodingham Athletic 36 13 6 17 55 63 32
13 ILKESTON TOWN 36 11 9 16 52 61 31
14 Kimberley Town 36 7 16 13 46 54 30
15 Louth United 36 10 7 19 43 72 27
16 Spalding United 36 7 12 17 44 68 26
17 Alfreton Town 36 6 13 17 39 61 25
18 Heanor Town 36 7 10 19 37 64 24
19 Belper Town 36 6 11 19 43 76 23



1978/79 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
19 AUG HEANOR TOWN W3-0 300 FLECKNEY, PALLISTER, TAYLOR
22 AUG Kimberley Town D1-1 SLANEY
26 AUG BRIDLINGTON TRINITY D3-3 300 FLECKNEY 2, SLANEY
28 AUG BELPER TOWN L0-3
02 SEP Retford Town L0-5
05 SEP KIMBERLEY TOWN D2-2 BISHOP, TAYLOR
16 SEP ALFRETON TOWN W1-0 STARK
23 SEP Louth United W2-1 GREEN, BEARDSLEY
30 SEP ASHBY INSTITUTE L0-2
07 OCT Mexborough Town Athletic L1-3 SLANEY
14 OCT Alfreton Town D0-0
21 OCT SPALDING UNITED D4-4 JOHN PARRY 2, SLANEY, TAYLOR
28 OCT Eastwood Town L0-4
04 NOV Boston L0-2
11 NOV BRIGG TOWN D3-3 FLECKNEY 2, GREEN
18 NOV Appleby Frodingham Athletic D1-1 JOHN PARRY
16 DEC EASTWOOD TOWN L1-2 GREEN
26 DEC Arnold W5-0 GALLIGAN, JEFF PARRY 2, G.FREER 2
27 JAN Skegness Town L2-4 GREEN, JEFF PARRY
03 FEB Brigg Town L0-1
10 MAR RETFORD TOWN W2-0 120 JEFF PARRY, FLECKNEY (PEN)
31 MAR BOSTON L0-1
07 APR Long Eaton United L0-1
12 APR Heanor Town W4-3 LAVELLE, SZEP, JEFF PARRY, SMITH
14 APR LOUTH UNITED W4-0 SZEP, SMITH 2, JEFF PARRY
16 APR ARNOLD L1-2 JOHN PARRY
19 APR SUTTON TOWN L0-1
21 APR SKEGNESS TOWN D0-0
22 APR APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC W4-1 JEFF PARRY, JOHN PARRY, SMITH 2
24 APR LONG EATON UNITED L0-1
28 APR Bridlington Trinity L0-4
29 APR Sutton Town W2-1 JEFF PARRY 2
01 MAY Ashby Institute W2-1 GREEN, JOHN PARRY
03 MAY Belper Town D1-1 GREEN
05 MAY MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC W2-1 JEFF PARRY, GREEN
07 MAY Spalding United L1-2 ?



1978/79 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
1R 25 NOV BORROWASH VICTORIA W4-1 JOHN PARRY 2, GALLIGAN, GREEN
QF 03 MAR Buxton W3-1 SMITH, FLECKNEY (PEN), JEFF PARRY
SF 24 MAR LONG EATON GRANGE L1-2 GREEN

NB. The quarter final tie with Buxton was staged at Ilkeston.


1978/79 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORER
1R 09 DEC BOSTON L2-3 FLECKNEY 2


FEARN OFF TO FLYER
19TH AUGUST 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR TOWN 0
New Ilkeston manager Bill Fearn oversaw a fine opening day victory over their local rivals. Ilkeston were nervous and over eager at times during an even first half and this was typified by Kevin Bishop who missed a good chance. Heanor also went close before half time.

However, The Robins dictated the play after the break and took the lead when Dick Fleckney converted debutant Alan Green's fine corner. Richard Pallister added a second following a well worked move, and Steve Taylor fired home a tremendous goal late in the game to put the icing on the cake.
 

SUPER SLANEY KILLS KIMBERLEY'S HOPES
22ND AUGUST 1978
KIMBERLEY TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Kimberley looked set for an undeserved victory before Mick Slaney's clever flick late on brought Ilkeston a point. The Robins had pressed for an equaliser throughout after Jones had given the home side the lead direct from a corner in the 5th minute.

ROBINS COMEBACK IN SIX GOAL THRILLER
26TH AUGUST 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 3
A fast and open entertaining game in bright sunshine thrilled the spectators who witnessed Ilkeston show great character to match their play. Town began well with John Hobster and Alan Green linking well for Kevin Bishop to put the ball over from close range. But it was Bridlington who took the lead on 22 minutes when a Steve Willis error let in Leadbetter to score. Ilkeston came close to an equaliser before half time with a brilliant Mick Slaney volley.

Ilkeston were in big trouble two minutes into the second half when a mix up between Dick Fleckney and 'keeper Chris Fuller allowed Taylor to lob home the second. Fleckney made amends in the 56th minute when he hammered the ball into the roof of the net and he scored again nine minutes later to put The Robins back on level terms. Bridlington stunned Ilkeston with a headed goal in a rare attack to regain the lead but The Robins refused to give up and Slaney grabbed a deserved equaliser.

BELPER BRING TOWN DOWN TO EARTH
28TH AUGUST 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BELPER TOWN 3
Ilkeston put on a disappointing show and hardly got in a shot on target. They were marginally the better side during an indifferent first half when Mick Slaney missed two chances and Kevin Bishop had a goal disallowed. However, Wragg's 20 yard shot gave Belper the lead eight minutes before half time.

Ilkeston had plenty of possession after the break but lacked penetration whilst Belper always looked dangerous on the break. The visitors got a killer second goal in the 83rd minute through a Stone free kick, and Simpson forced home the third two minutes later.

NICHOLSON THE STAR AS ROBINS SINK AT RIVER LANE
2ND SEPTEMBER 1978
RETFORD TOWN 5 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston never recovered after Nicholson netted from close range to give Retford a 13th minute lead. Clive Smith and Alan Green both came close to equalising but Retford were always the better side and they took control in the second half as Ilkeston fell apart.

Nicholson struck from 25 yards in the 56th minute before completing his hat-trick on the hour. Cowell scored Retford's fourth before Nicholson scored again from the spot to complete the rout.

ILKESTON FIGHTBACK TAYLOR MADE
5TH SEPTEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 2 KIMBERLEY TOWN 2
Ilkeston showed great character to come back from a two goal deficit in the pouring rain. They dominated the first half and twice hit the bar but Edwards rolled the ball home to give Kimberley the lead against the run of play in the 39th minute.

Ilkeston's hopes of getting anything from the game appeared to have been dealt a fatal blow when Naisbitt was tripped and Dowling scored from the spot on 70 minutes. But The Robins staged a thrilling comeback, starting with Kevin Bishop's goal three minutes later. Steve Taylor equalised with a fine shot fifteen minutes from time but Ilkeston were unable to find a winner.  

ALFRETON SHOWN STARK REALITY
16TH SEPTEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ALFRETON TOWN 0
There was plenty of action at both ends early in the game and Ilkeston 'keeper Chris Fuller made several fine saves. It was Ilkeston who went in at half time with the lead, however, with a Raymond Stark goal.

The second half was something of an anti climax as Ilkeston went on the defensive. Alfreton went in search of an equaliser but couldn't break through Ilkeston's well drilled defence.

BEARDSLEY BRINGS HOME THE POINTS
23RD SEPTEMBER 1978
LOUTH UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston played well throughout and controlled the game. Mick Slaney and Raymond Stark both missed good chances that would have given the final score a truer picture of their dominance. After surviving an early scare Ilkeston took the lead on 6 minutes when Alan Green scored direct from a corner. They proceeded to play some attractive football but indecisiveness in the defence allowed Louth to equalise shortly before half time, Smith converting an easy chance.

Town's winner came on 67 minutes and it was hotly disputed, Chris Beardsley running through 30 yards unchallenged to score when seemingly offside. They had to hang on near the end and Louth twice came close to drawing level but there was no doubt that the victory was well deserved.

ROBINS LEFT FRUSTRATED
30TH SEPTEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ASHBY INSTITUTE 2
Ilkeston's failure to take full advantage during a first half they controlled cost them dearly. They lost their rhythm after the break and Ashby taught them a lesson in finishing. Mick Slaney hit the post and Les Parker went close during the opening period although the visitors missed an open goal as the first half finished goal-less.

Doherty's 54th minute goal from close range knocked the stuffing out of The Robins and Ashby scored again two minutes from time when Adams' harmless looking free kick crept into the net past the static Chris Fuller and his defence. 

UNLUCKY TOWN EMPTY HANDED
7TH OCTOBER 1978
MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston played well but lost, and luck was not on their side. They began well and an Alan Green free kick hit the post. Moments later Gary Freer hit the bar and bounced down on the line but appeals for a goal were turned down. Mexborough went in front against the run of play on the half hour when Les Parker conceded a penalty that was put away by Kulic. Three minutes later Richard Pallister's good pass found Mick Slaney who blasted home a deserved equaliser. But five minutes before half time Parker gave away another penalty, Kulic scoring from the spot for a second time.

Ilkeston continued to give a good account of themselves after the break and Freer hit the woodwork again. However, a defensive mix up involving Clive Smith and Steve Willis allowed Collins to put the match beyond their reach.

ROBINS PICK UP POINT
14TH OCTOBER 1978
ALFRETON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
The draw was a fair result as both teams engaged in a fiercely contested game. Played at a frantic pace there were chances missed at both ends as play switched from end to end. Dick Fleckney made his 100th appearance.

JAN'S THE MAN IN EPIC ENCOUNTER
21ST OCTOBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SPALDING UNITED 4
Ilkeston were seemingly on course for victory in a thrilling, roller coaster of a match before Spalding scored two late goals to secure a point. John Parry had a fierce early shot pushed away before Spalding had a good spell, taking the lead through Coats on 14 minutes after two near misses. Ilkeston settled and drew level in the 37th minute when Parry met Gary Freer's ball with an overhead kick. The Robins had a setback shortly before half time, however, when Les Parker was involved in a scuffle and was sent off.

Ten man Ilkeston began the second half well and took the lead with Parry grabbing his second. Coats' fine header provided Spalding with an equaliser but Ilkeston raced back in front with Mick Slaney's ferocious shot. When Steve Taylor added a fourth Ilkeston looked set to win but former Ilkeston player Jan Czarnecki pulled one back four minutes from time and the unmarked Kent equalised in the last minute.

BADGERS BITE TOO SHARP FOR ROBINS
28TH OCTOBER 1978
EASTWOOD TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston fought hard against a very good Eastwood side but were eventually well beaten. Eastwood controlled the first half and took the lead on 27 minutes through future Ilkeston favourite Jeff Webster. Millward added a second from close range six minutes before the break.

Ilkeston enjoyed a revival after half time and pressed hard to get back in the game but their chances diminished after Richard Pallister was sent off for swearing. Millward scored his second and Eastwood's third on 77 minutes before Wright completed the scoring four minutes from time. 

BOSTON SHOW TITLE FORM
4TH NOVEMBER 1978
BOSTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Boston, heading towards the Midland Counties League championship title, played plenty of good football and put Ilkeston under pressure for most of the game. The Robins competed well but a lack of ideas up front meant that Boston were always in charge. Johnson gave Boston a first half lead and his run set up Mallinder for the second goal after the break.

TOWN FADE IN THE MIST
11TH NOVEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 3 BRIGG TOWN 3
Rampant Ilkeston looked set to destroy Brigg during a remarkable first half hour. The dense fog produced poor visibility but spectators must have been thrilled with what action they could see throughout a pulsating match. The Robins scored twice in the opening 23 minutes through Dick Fleckney and Alan Green before Broughton pulled a goal back for Brigg in the 36th minute.

Drinkell equalised on 58 minutes but Ilkeston galvanised themselves and went back in front in the 70th minute with Fleckney's second. Charlie Lavelle and John Parry went close to putting the match beyond Brigg's reach and Ilkeston were punished for their failure to take advantage when Drinkell equalised for a second time two minutes before the end.

PARRY EARNS ROBINS POINT
18TH NOVEMBER 1978
APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston picked up a good point from a hard fought game. The home side applied most of the pressure whilst Town looked dangerous on the break. Appleby broke the deadlock on 58 minutes when Cowling struck from 18 yards but Ilkeston levelled 20 minutes from time through John Parry after Alan Green's 25 yard free kick came back off the post.

BORROWASH BRUSHED ASIDE BY PARRY BROTHERS
25TH NOVEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 4 BORROWASH VICTORIA 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Borrowash, top of the East Midlands Regional League, began brightly and Ilkeston 'keeper Chris Fuller made a couple of fine saves but as time wore on The Robins took full control. Town took the lead when Jeff Parry, making his debut, went on a fine run and crossed for brother John to head home. Jeff then had a fine shot blocked and John was to profit once more when he fired home the loose ball for number two. Borrowash were still not out of it and Fuller had to make three more good saves before Gratton gave them a lifeline with a 43rd minute goal.

The Robins dominated the second half, however. Pat Galligan's superb header from a corner restored Town's two goal cushion and Alan Green forced home the fourth. Dick Fleckney was denied a penalty when he was brought down as Ilkeston finished the game in total command.

BOSTON BURST ROBINS BUBBLE
9TH DECEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BOSTON 3 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston played well for over an hour but Boston, heading towards winning the league, came back from behind to win. Boston applied some early pressure during a furious first half before Ilkeston settled down to play some good football. The Robins took the lead on 23 minutes when John Parry's great pass was put away by Dick Fleckney. 

Fleckney was the hero again early in the second half when he drove home the second. But Boston calmly got themselves back in the game and took control. Mallinder scrambled in their opener on the hour and Johnson equalised ten minutes later. Mallinder scored the winner with 15 minutes remaining yet Ilkeston had a great chance to salvage something from the game. Sadly Alan Green's late penalty was weakly struck and was saved.

EASTWOOD WIN LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS
16TH DECEMBER 1978
ILKESTON TOWN 1 EASTWOOD TOWN 2
Powerful Eastwood were the better side but Ilkeston showed plenty of courage and it was defensive slackness that cost them the game. Eastwood took the lead after just 2 minutes when former Ilkeston player Graham Rye headed home from a corner. Chris Fuller then denied Eastwood with two brilliant saves before Ilkeston came more into it. A magnificent strike by Alan Green put them back on level terms only for Wright to put The Badgers back in front after being set up by Rye.

The second half was evenly fought with both teams creating chances. Some of the better ones fell to Ilkeston as both John Parry and Jeff Parry as well as Charlie Lavelle went close. Jeff Parry was denied a late equaliser by an outstanding save during a hectic finale that also saw Pat Galligan pick up a booking.

BOXING DAY MASSACRE
26TH DECEMBER 1978
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 5
High flying Arnold were ripped to shreds by a rampant Ilkeston team. The home side were outclassed as Ilkeston hit top gear from the start. Former Robins 'keeper Steve Rann was in constant action before Alan Green flicked on a corner for Pat Galligan to put Ilkeston ahead. Jeff Parry then held off two challenges and hammered home an excellent second to give Ilkeston a richly deserved half time lead.

Arnold, who managed to hit the bar during the first half, never had a sniff after the break. Gary Freer's powerful free kick made it three, Jeff Parry headed home John Parry's fine cross for number four, and Gary Freer completed the rout with a fine shot on the run.

SLICK SKEGGY TOO HOT FOR TOWN
27TH JANUARY 1979
SKEGNESS TOWN 4 ILKESTON TOWN 2
High riding Skegness impressed with their quality and didn't look back after taking the lead inside two minutes when Ilkeston 'keeper Chis Fuller failed to hold a free kick. Ilkeston briefly managed to get themselves back in the game thanks to Alan Green's headed equaliser but two quick goals following good moves down the left soon put Skegness firmly in control.

Ilkeston rallied after half time only for Skegness to move further ahead when Fuller failed to deal with a cross. Jeff Parry scored a consolation goal for Ilkeston late in the game.

LATE GOAL SINKS ROBINS
3RD FEBRUARY 1979
BRIGG TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston deserved better than to lose this game having contributed with some good football. Brigg dominated the early part of the game and Chris Fuller had to make an excellent save to deny Drinkell but The Robins defended well and looked dangerous on the break. Clive Smith came close to an equaliser and during the second half Ilkeston had enough chances to have won. But on 80 minutes the defence failed to clear and substitute Lee fired in a fine goal to earn maximum points for Brigg.

BUXTON SHOCKED BY ROCKIN' ROBINS
3RD MARCH 1979
BUXTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
This match was switched to the Manor Ground with Buxton's agreement as their Silverlands pitch was under several inches of snow. The Northern Premier League club may have lived to regret their decision as they were beaten by an Ilkeston team that produced a stirring performance. Town mastered the heavy pitch and the wet and windy conditions as well as their more experienced and skilful opponents, and they dominated the early stages. Jeff Parry and brother John both went close and Alan Green's corner hit the bar. Buxton began to show their class and Ilkeston 'keeper Chris Fuller made a couple of good saves, but it was Ilkeston who took the lead. Jeff Parry broke clear and sent over a fine cross for Clive Smith to roll home. The Bucks responded to this setback with a period of pressure before half time and one long range effort struck the Ilkeston bar.

Ilkeston got the perfect tonic just a minute into the second half. Jeff Parry was pulled down and Dick Fleckney converted from the spot to give Town a two goal lead. Buxton fought back and Hibbert's superb solo effort brought them reward. Then Ilkeston, defending well, had to survive some anxious moments before Jeff Parry relieved the tension late on. Latching onto a long clearance he rode a couple of challenges before driving into the net to give Ilkeston an unexpected but most welcome victory.  

ROBINS FLY PAST ROUGH RETFORD
17TH MARCH 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 RETFORD TOWN 0 
Ilkeston produced an excellent display against uncompromising opponents. Clive Smith, Chris Fuller and Dick Fleckney each required attention after taking knocks but The Robins overcame Retford with a mixture of entertaining football and toughness of their own. Ilkeston took the lead early on through a Dick Fleckney penalty and Jeff Parry went close to adding to the lead several times during the first half.

The Robins dominated after the break and it was no surprise when Jeff Parry finally got on the scoresheet. Both he and his brother John came close to adding further goals as Ilkeston won with plenty to spare.

GRANGE GRASP IMPROBABLE VICTORY
24TH MARCH 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 1 LONG EATON GRANGE 2 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL)
Ilkeston dominated the match against a team heading towards the Midland Counties League First Division title but bad luck and poor finishing in front of goal left them beaten. Grange only created three chances and put two of them away. Town, on the other hand, could have killed the game off during the first quarter. Dick Fleckney's header from a corner hit the bar, two efforts including one from Steve Szep were cleared off the line, Jeff Parry's shot went close, Les Parker was brought down but no penalty was given, John Parry was a whisker away with one effort, and a Szep header was cleared. Then, on 27 minutes, Alan Green conceded a free kick which Hitchin touched to Robinson who cracked in a superb 25 yard shot to give Grange the lead. Ilkeston fought back before the break without success, Richard Pallister and Jeff Parry both missing half chances.

Ilkeston continued to put Grange under pressure during the second half and both Steve Taylor and Green almost got an equaliser. But an error by Szep, who was caught in possession, allowed Birley to race down the middle and score the visitors' second. Green gave The Robins hope when he scored following a scramble, and then Jeff Parry forced a fine save, but in a frantic finish incidents were of a more serious nature. Green was booked for a foul on the 'keeper and a Grange player went off with a suspected broken shoulder.

BOSTON MARCH ON TOWARDS TITLE
31ST MARCH 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BOSTON 1
Title chasing Boston were the better side but Ilkeston gave a good account of themselves, particularly during an even first half. However, despite some good approach work, the end product was lacking for The Robins and Boston always looked the more likely to score with their dangerous breaks.

Boston took control after half time but it was not until late in the game that they snatched a winner, Manning's fine header from a corner finding the target.

NO JOY FOR ROBINS AS WOODWARD WINS IT
7TH APRIL 1979
LONG EATON UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston produced some fine top and were generally on top but they came home empty handed from this local derby. Play was fast and furious early on and Long Eaton's Wright headed narrowly over. Ilkeston gradually began to establish a grip, however, and Clive Smith put Jeff Parry through but he shot wide. Parry made a better effort soon after with his tremendous shot hitting the post. Brother John's shot then forced a brilliant save from Inger as Long Eaton held out to half time.

John Parry saw a good shot saved during the second half before Long Eaton took a surprise 67th minute lead, a high cross finding Woodward who headed home. Ilkeston struggled to find a way back but almost got an equaliser in the last minute when Jeff Parry went desperately close.  

ROBINS EDGE SEVEN GOAL THRILLER
12TH APRIL 1979
HEANOR TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Clive Smith's last gasp goal gave Ilkeston the points in this thrilling local derby. Charlie Lavelle had given Ilkeston the lead on 21 minutes and although Ford restored parity eight minutes later, Steve Szep put Ilkeston back in front in the 32nd minute.

The Robins appeared to have sewn the game up when Jeff Parry, whose brother John was making his 150th appearance, extended their lead on 55 minutes but Heanor stormed back. First former Ilkeston player Phil Shrewsbury scored in the 79th minute and then Ruscoe equalised with four minutes to go. It was left to Smith and his last minute header from a corner to decide the outcome.

LOUTH LASHED
14TH APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 4 LOUTH UNITED 0
Ilkeston won convincingly and could easily have won by an even bigger margin. From the moment Steve Szep fired home in the 16th minute following a goalmouth scramble caused by Alan Green's corner there was only one team in it. Charlie Lavelle set up great chances for both John and Jeff Parry that were spurned, and when Jeff Parry was brought down on the half hour Dick Fleckney fired his penalty straight at Baxter. However, Ilkeston went further ahead three minutes later when Clive Smith's low cross shot went into the net off the unlucky Boxall. Ilkeston continued to press as half time approached with John Parry shooting over with only Baxter to beat, and Fleckney fired a shot over the bar.

Louth began the second half on the attack only for Ilkeston to score again on 48 minutes with a brilliant shot by Smith from an acute angle. Jeff Parry later added a fourth with a smart shot.

ROUGH JUSTICE
16TH APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 1 ARNOLD 2
Ilkeston conceded a late goal and lost a game that grew in bitterness as it continued. Town took the lead on 13 minutes when Richard Pallister's cross was headed in by John Parry. However, Arnold drew level on the half hour when a half cleared corner fell to Dolphin who scored from close range. Chris Fuller then saved a fierce Brockhurst shot as Arnold finished the half strongly.

Ilkeston created enough chances during the second half to have won the game, the best of which fell to John Parry who blazed over with only former Ilkeston 'keeper Steve Rann to beat. Play was stopped several times for players to receive treatment for injuries including Fuller who struggled thereafter. Steve Willis was booked for a foul on O'Kine as the game threatened to boil over. With five minutes remaining Dolphin broke from half way before planting a 20 yard shot past the stricken Fuller to leave The Robins a beaten side.

SUTTON RIDE THEIR LUCK
19TH APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SUTTON TOWN 1
No full report available. Ilkeston had two goals disallowed and a strong penalty appeal turned down before Paul Wheatley was sent off in the last minute. Sutton's winning goal, on the stroke of half time, also had an element of luck about it.

SKEGNESS HELD BY BATTLING ROBINS
21ST APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 SKEGNESS TOWN 0
Title chasing Skegness played well but Ilkeston also played their part in a fast exciting game. The visitors began strongly with Daniels shooting wide from close range and Piggott then hit the post. Ilkeston gradually came more into the game and a well taken Richard Pallister free kick was headed against the post by Steve Szep. John Parry then forced Skegness 'keeper Knight into a fine save.

Ilkeston enjoyed the bulk of the play in the second half although Skegness were threatening on the break. The game ended in deadlock but Ilkeston went close to a winner when a Szep header was cleared off the line.

GOAL CRAZY ROBINS SEE OFF APPLEBY
22ND APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 4 APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 1
All five goals came during a frantic 25 minute spell in the first half. Ilkeston began well in this Sunday fixture with both Jeff Parry and Steve Szep going close and it was Parry who put them ahead with a fine shot. Brother John then made it two with a brilliant curler before Clive Smith added a third. The visitors pulled one back with a header but Smith scored another before half time.

The second half was a more subdued affair although both teams had chances to have added to their tallies.

UNITED SNEAK IT
24TH APRIL 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LONG EATON UNITED 1
Long Eaton survived some tremendous second half pressure from Ilkeston to steal the points. Their 69th minute winner came from defensive errors. Dick Fleckney slipped and former Ilkeston player Danny Anderson got away to send over a cross that 'keeper Bob Henshaw spilled, Rogers taking full advantage. The Robins continued to attack with the best chance falling to Alan Green whose shot was blocked by 'keeper Inger's legs. Long Eaton almost got a second in the last minute when Anderson lobbed over the advancing Henshaw but the ball hit the bar. 

SORRY ROBINS CRASH ON THE COAST
28TH APRIL 1979
BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston began the game very well but lost their way badly after falling behind. After Clive Smith missed a fine chance and Alan Green hit the post with a free kick Bridlington hit back to take the lead through Oderg on 35 minutes.

Trinity took full control after the break and added three further goals. Ilkeston's only effort of note came from Dick Fleckney late in the game.

JEFF JOY IN ROBINS REVENGE
29TH APRIL 1979
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston made up for the disappointment of losing at home to Sutton ten days earlier with a fine win on a wet and windy Sunday. 

The Robins came back from the disappointment of going in at half time a goal adrift with two goals from Jeff Parry. The first came a minute after the restart and the winner came with just a minute remaining.

ASHBY GREEN WITH ENVY
1ST MAY 1979
ASHBY INSTITUTE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston missed a string of early chances and were punished when the home side scored against the run of play in the 25th minute. The Robins continued to dominate the first half but went in a goal down at the interval.

Town finally got the goal they deserved on 65 minutes when Jeff Parry headed on to John Parry to finish. And Ilkeston grabbed a winner seven minutes from time when Alan Green scored direct from a corner.

ROBINS HOLD ON FOR POINT
3RD MAY 1979
BELPER TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Belper controlled most of the game but were unable to turn their dominance into victory. They took the lead through a Thompson header following a fine run and cross by Jackson but Ilkeston equalised against the run of play before half time when Alan Green shot through a crowded area.

Bob Henshaw kept The Robins in the game during the second half with a brilliant save from a Stone shot.

MEXBOROUGH TITLE HOPES WRECKED
5TH MAY 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1 
Mexborough's title hopes were left in ruins as Ilkeston excelled with a thrilling display. The Robins began strongly with John Parry denied by the 'keeper early on and Jeff Parry missed a chance after receiving a fine pass by Dick Fleckney. Mexbrough began to settle but Ilkeston defended well and it was The Robins who went in front on 14 minutes. A fine move involving Jimmy Webb, Paul Wheatley and Fleckney put Jeff Parry in the clear and he scored with a powerful shot. The visitors responded with a spell of pressure but Ilkeston almost got another when John Parry shot narrowly wide following brother Jeff's brilliant flick. However, the next goal fell Mexborough's way five minutes before half time when Kulic's intended cross bounced into the net off the far post. Ilkeston were not disheartened and John Parry had a goal ruled out shortly before half time.

The second half was played at a frantic pace and Ilkeston had more of the play and were the better team throughout. The much deserved winner came in the 55th minute through Alan Green.

SPALDING SPOIL END OF SEASON PARTY
7TH MAY 1979
SPALDING UNITED 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
No match report available.