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1979/80 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Belper Town 34 18 11 5 50 25 47
2 Bridlington Trinity 34 19 9 6 56 34 47
3 Boston 34 18 8 8 60 28 44
4 Long Eaton United 34 17 9 8 50 32 43
5 Mexborough Town Athletic 34 13 13 8 46 38 39
6 Eastwood Town 34 16 6 12 57 43 38
7 Arnold 34 13 11 10 54 42 37
8 Heanor Town 34 14 9 11 53 49 37
9 Brigg Town 34 13 10 11 45 45 36
10 Alfreton Town 34 11 13 10 45 46 35
11 Skegness Town 34 11 11 12 46 45 33
12 Ashby Institute 34 12 7 15 43 52 31
13 ILKESTON TOWN 34 9 12 13 36 37 30
14 Kimberley Town 34 11 8 15 38 53 30
15 Appleby Frodingham Athletic 34 9 10 15 55 61 28
16 Spalding United 34 5 13 16 32 51 23
17 Sutton Town 34 6 10 18 33 58 22
18 Retford Town 34 3 6 25 23 83 12



1979/80 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
18 AUG RETFORD TOWN W4-0 JOHN PARRY 2, JEFF PARRY, CORDEN
21 AUG ARNOLD D0-0
25 AUG SUTTON TOWN D2-2 JOHN PARRY, JEFF PARRY
27 AUG MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC D0-0 300
01 SEP BRIGG TOWN D0-0
04 SEP Kimberley Town L0-1
08 SEP Boston L0-2
15 SEP Spalding United L2-3 FLECKNEY (PEN), JEFF PARRY
18 SEP Heanor Town W1-0 JEFF PARRY (PEN)
22 SEP Ashby Institute L0-2
29 SEP Eastwood Town W2-1 JOHN PARRY, GREEN
06 OCT APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC W2-0 JOHN PARRY, JEFF PARRY
13 OCT Arnold W4-0 JOHN PARRY, JEFF PARRY 3
20 OCT Mexborough Town Athletic L0-1
27 OCT Belper Town D2-2 JOHN PARRY, JEFF PARRY
03 NOV BRIDLINGTON TRINITY L0-1
10 NOV SPALDING UNITED W2-0 JEFF PARRY, FAZEKAS
17 NOV Skegness Town D1-1 HENSHAW
24 NOV HEANOR TOWN W2-1 JEFF PARRY 2
15 DEC BELPER TOWN L0-1
22 DEC Sutton Town D1-1 BEARDSLEY
26 DEC EASTWOOD TOWN L1-2 SZEP
12 JAN ASHBY INSTITUTE L0-3
26 JAN Brigg Town L0-1
09 FEB Appleby Frodingham Athletic D1-1 GREEN
16 FEB Long Eaton United D0-0
23 FEB KIMBERLEY TOWN D1-1 FRANCIS
08 MAR BOSTON L0-3
15 MAR Alfreton Town W1-0 CLARENCE
22 MAR LONG EATON UNITED D2-2 FLECKNEY (PEN), K.SMITH
05 APR Retford Town W3-0 FLECKNEY, PARKER, OG
07 APR Bridlington Trinity L1-3 JOHN PARRY
12 APR SKEGNESS TOWN D1-1 JOHN PARRY
19 APR ALFRETON TOWN L0-1  



1979/80 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORER
1R 01 DEC Stapenhill D1-1 ANDERSON
1Rrep 08 DEC STAPENHILL L0-1  



1979/80 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
2R 01 MAR MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC W2-0 WEBB, FRANCIS
QF 29 MAR Sutton Town L0-1  

ROBINS RUN RIOT IN SECOND HALF BLITZ
18TH AUGUST 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 4 RETFORD TOWN 0
Retford began the game well but Ilkeston gradually came more into it before going into overdrive after half time. Jeff Parry went close for Ilkeston early on and this brought Retford to life. Wearing headed narrowly wide and Pontin shot over the top prior to Knowles' booking for a foul on Dick Fleckney. The Robins gradually settled down and the game became more even although Retford remained a threat on the break before half time.

Ilkeston made a superb start to the second half with two goals from John Parry inside the first two minutes. Firstly Jeff Parry crossed for him to fire home from close range, and then he scored with a fierce rising shot. The Robins took complete control from then on and Jeff Parry added a third before Mick Corden completed the scoring.

STALEMATE
21ST AUGUST 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ARNOLD 0
Neither side deserved to win this dour encounter with chances few and far between.

JEFF RESCUES ROBINS
25TH AUGUST 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SUTTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston took an early lead when John Parry fired home and played some fine attacking football until Sutton controversially equalised, Ilkeston 'keeper Bob Henshaw seemingly impeded in the build up to the goal. Sutton grew stronger as the first half went on but there was no further scoring until well into the second half.

In the 65th minute Henshaw appeared to be at fault when he could only a long shot on to the woodwork and the ball bounced into the net. The goal provoked The Robins into a good spell and after several near misses Jeff Parry equaliser with a free kick from the edge of the box. Both teams went out for the winner after that but a draw was probably a fair result.

NO GOALS BUT PLENTY OF THRILLS
27TH AUGUST 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 0
The game was hard fought and exciting between two well matched sides. The Robins had an early goal disallowed whilst Mexborough had two goal attempts cleared off the line. Ilkeston pushed for a winner during the closing stages but were unable to provide the right finish.

ILKESTON CAN'T FIND FINISHING TOUCH
1ST SEPTEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BRIGG TOWN 0
Ilkeston had enough possession to have won the game but were unable to turn their territorial advantage into goals. There was plenty of action early on with Robins 'keeper Bob Henshaw doing well to deny Drinkell whilst at the other end Jeff Parry used his pace well only to be thwarted by a fine save. Jim Baker then headed a good chance from a corner wide of the post. The game then settled down before half time with neither side providing much of a threat.

The Robins picked up after the break and although both teams had chances Ilkeston looked the likelier winners. The closest they came to a goal, however, was when Alan Green's effort produced an excellent save from the Brigg 'keeper.

KIMBERLEY WIN THANKS TO MIGHTY FLYNN
4TH SEPTEMBER 1979
KIMBERLEY TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Kimberley edged an entertaining game that saw chances missed at both ends although Ilkeston lacked inspiration at times. Robinson and Bethall missed Kimberley's best opportunities whilst Jeff Parry was unlucky with a shot that flashed just wide. Then, five minutes from time, Hoppel's cross was chested down and volleyed home from 12 yards by former Ilkeston favourite Kevin Flynn for the winner.

DALEY'S EXPRESS LANDS LEADERS POINTS
8TH SEPTEMBER 1979
BOSTON 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Table toppers and current champions Boston deserved their victory but Ilkeston played their part in a fine game played at a high tempo. Town 'keeper Bob Henshaw made several fine saves including one excellent stop in the first half when he kept out Jackson's 25 yard shot.

The second half provided plenty of excitement and both of the goals. Daley headed Boston in front on 55 minutes and Cox supplied a neat finish ten minutes later to seal the victory. Ilkeston had chances of their own but failed to take them, Pat Galligan, Charlie Lavelle and Jeff Parry each unable to get Town the goal their play deserved after half time.

TOWN SQUANDER TWO GOAL LEAD
15TH SEPTEMBER 1979
SPALDING UNITED 3 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston outplayed the home team during the first half and raced into a two goal lead but Spalding pulled back a goal just before half time and The Robins lost composure. They had taken the lead on 15 minutes through a Dick Fleckney penalty after Jeff Parry had been brought down. They scored again five minutes later when Parry broke clear and finished superbly, and missed enough chances before the break to have wrapped the game up. However, Spalding scored two minutes before half time and the game changed.

Spalding equalised early in the second half and from then on there was only going to be one winner. However, they failed to find a winner until the last minute of the game to leave Ilkeston wondering how they had managed to lose control of a game they had dominated early on.

PARRY PEN SILENCES LIONS' ROAR
18TH SEPTEMBER 1979
HEANOR TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
On top throughout Ilkeston were deserved winners. Despite the handicap of losing Dick Fleckney, who had to go to hospital at half time, The Robins remained in control and Jeff Parry sealed the win with a second half penalty.

CHANGE OF STYLE BRINGS NO REWARD
22ND SEPTEMBER 1979
ASHBY INSTITUTE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston's insistence on using long ball tactics failed miserably as they had a real off day at Ashby. Nevertheless they opened up the Ashby defence on a number of occasions but there was no end product to their play. Town fell behind during the first half before Hoyland added a disputed second during the second half. Ilkeston claimed that Clive Smith had been fouled in the process of the goal being scored. Town became stretched as they chased the game and it would have been no surprise had Ashby added to their tally.

BADGERS BASHED AS GREEN CHIPS IN
29TH SEPTEMBER 1979
EASTWOOD TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston deservedly came away with both points from high flying Eastwood after surviving an early onslaught. Bob Henshaw made two fine saves as Wright, Millward and Norton all went close for Eastwood. Ilkeston then settled and took over the game. Jeff Parry twice went close to giving The Robins the lead and they duly scored in the 24th minute when John Parry drove home following a goalmouth scramble. Ilkeston dominated the rest of the half without managing to increase their lead.

Eastwood came more into the game after the break and levelled on the hour with an Eaton lob. But Ilkeston were still the better side and they were rewarded on 79 minutes when Jeff Parry's shot was blocked and Alan Green pounced to score with a memorable chip over 'keeper Armstrong who was held accountable for the goal by many.

PARRY BROTHERS LEAD THE WAY
9TH OCTOBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 0
Bottom club Appleby Frodingham gave a good account of themselves but Ilkeston's superiority told in the end. On a fine day the visitors defied The Robins during the first half and they forced Bob Henshaw into a couple of good saves after surviving early Ilkeston pressure. Bob Riley then came to Town's rescue with a headed goal line clearance. Ilkeston thought they had scored when 'keeper Morland saved as the ball was about to cross the line, the linesman indicating that the whole of the ball hadn't crossed.

Athletic penned Ilkeston back for a spell at the start of the second half and The Robins needed to defend well. Eventually Ilkeston began to assert themselves and they were rewarded when Jeff Parry beat two men and crossed for brother John to sweep home. Five minutes later Jeff Parry raced through and flicked the ball over the advancing Morland for the second. Well in command further goals could have come but Jeff Parry had one effort ruled out, and Dick Fleckney went close without making the chance count.   

PARRYS  STRIKE LIKE LIGHTNING
13TH OCTOBER 1979
ARNOLD 0 ILKESTON TOWN 4
Ilkeston, climbing up to third in the table, outclassed the home team although it looked at one point as if the game might be abandoned. Heavy rain made playing conditions difficult and the game was evenly contested initially with Birch heading over for Arnold before Jeff Parry went close for Town. The referee then had to take the players off the pitch for their own safety because of a thunderstorm accompanied by lightning. When play resumed 20 minutes later Ilkeston swiftly went into the lead through John Parry's shot from a narrow angle. Arnold came back strongly before half time but found Ilkeston's defence was in no mood to give anything away.

The second half was an extremely one sided affair. Jeff Parry scored a second half hat-trick as Ilkeston tore Arnold apart.

ILKESTON OUTMUSCLED
20TH OCTOBER 1979
MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston had plenty of possession but lacked a cutting edge up front and never looked likely to score. Their rhythm was upset throughout by a very physical Mexborough team. The only goal came after just 4 minutes when a corner found Petitt who smashed the ball home from close range.

BELPER BROKEN BY PARRY LATE STRIKE
27TH OCTOBER 1979
BELPER TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A fine fight back by Ilkeston earned them a much deserved point against a good Belper side that were heading for the title but the equaliser was a long time coming. The Robins had begun the game positively with future Ilkeston 'keeper Ken Shaw being forced to make a desperate save from Jeff Parry, and later Belper defender Rowe almost slid the ball into his own net. But Ilkeston were rocked by two Belper goals in two minutes, both scored by Ormondroyd, and both were the direct result of Ilkeston losing possession in midfield. Belper took control for a spell and future Ilkeston player Carl Francis saw one effort held by Bob Henshaw and Hollett went close to extending their lead. Ilkeston, however, managed to recover their poise as half time approached.

Ilkeston gave themselves a fighting chance on 53 minutes when Shaw couldn't hold Jeff Parry's drive and John Parry fired home the loose ball. They continued to create chances but failed to take them until a minute from time when Jeff Parry netted.

BRID PUT SKIDS UNDER TOWN
3RD NOVEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 1
Ilkeston's midfield failed to get any sort of grip in a dull game and their disappointing performance was capped by a late Bridlington winner. Paul Wheatley's dreadful back pass on 90 minutes gave Mountain the chance to blast home the winner. Town almost conceded a second goal in injury time as Bridlington made the most of Ilkeston's bad day at the office.

ROBINS GO TOP
10TH NOVEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SPALDING UNITED 0
Ilkeston took over at the top of the Midland Counties League with this deserved win. Sparkling attacking football from Ilkeston was the order of the day from the moment Alan Henshaw forced a good save from the Spalding 'keeper early on. Dick Fleckney and Jeff Parry both went close before the pressure paid off, the latter showing good control and finished calmly in the mud. The Robins remained composed after going in front and continued to press without further joy before the break.

Town's dominance continued in the second half. Jeff Parry hit the post and Fleckney almost scored before the second goal arrived. Tony Fazekas' high cross from the right deceived the 'keeper and found the top corner for a somewhat fortunate but richly deserved goal. With the job done Ilkeston sat back and almost paid the price but Bob Henshaw rescued them with a fine save.

ROBINS ROBBED OF VICTORY
17TH NOVEMBER 1979
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston produced a confident display and were set for a well deserved win when Skegness were awarded a controversial late penalty from which they equalised. Dick Fleckney, adjudged to have commitment an infringement that led to the spot kick, was booked for dissent.

Ilkeston went in at half time with the scores level after missing several chances. They got their reward on the hour when Alan Henshaw scored direct from a corner.

JEFF JOLTS HEANOR
24TH NOVEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HEANOR TOWN 1
Ilkeston moved two points clear at the top of the table thanks to this exciting derby victory. There was plenty of incident throughout and the competitive edge led to three bookings, to Heanor's McAllister and Ruscoe, and Ilkeston's Paul Wheatley. Heanor began the game very well with both Egan and Rose going close before O'Kine was denied a clear chance by Bob Henshaw's fine save. Both teams missed chances as Ilkeston came more into the picture. Jeff Parry and Dick Fleckney could have put Ilkeston ahead, John Parry fired just over from brother Jeff's fine cross, and then Jeff Parry broke through to round the 'keeper only to see Mellor clear his shot off the line, as Ilkeston began to create the better chances.

The second half was only three minutes old when Jeff Parry's 20 yard free kick went in off the post to give Ilkeston the lead. A minute later Parry scored another excellent goal when he ran onto a through ball, went past the 'keeper, and slotted home from a narrow angle. He thought he had completed a hat-trick later in the half but his effort was ruled out for offside. Perhaps thinking that the game was won Ilkeston became slack and allowed Heanor to come back into it. Heanor pulled a goal back eight minutes from time when Bob Riley's error gave Egan the chance to cross for Rose to score. Ilkeston managed to hold on to their lead despite facing a nervy last few minutes.
  
ROBINS SCRAPE A DRAW
1ST DECEMBER 1979
STAPENHILL 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Out of sorts Ilkeston were lucky to take Stapenhill to a replay. In a tough contest Stapenhill were the better team throughout and Ilkeston struggled. Bob Henshaw made two good saves in the first half and the home side missed several chances including a Robertson shot that cleared the bar.

Stapenhill carried on from where they left off after half time but The Robins took a shock lead. Tommy Anderson broke into the area and placed his shot perfectly past the 'keeper. Stapenhill refused to give up, however, and they were rewarded with a late equaliser.

STAPENHILL KO ROBINS
8TH DECEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 STAPENHILL 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAY)
A below par Ilkeston performance against their Leicestershire Senior League opponents led to a defeat, the winning goal coming four minutes into the second half. Yet Ilkeston created enough chances to have won the game comfortably. The Robins did most of the early attacking with Tommy Anderson twice going close as did Jim Baker with a couple of headers, but Stapenhill, quick on the break, began to cause problems. Town continued to have the bulk of the play and Tony Fazekas was unlucky not to score with a fine shot. Clive Smith came close to breaking the deadlock as half time approached.

Once Stapenhill had got their noses in front Ilkeston threw men forward. Fazekas well struck shot could easily have brought some reward and Town were denied a penalty when Anderson was brought down in the box. But as time wore on Ilkeston ran out of steam and the visitors held on comfortably.  

MAJOR STICKING POINT AS BELPER SNATCH WIN
15TH DECEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BELPER TOWN 1
Both teams did their utmost to entertain in deplorable conditions. The wind played havoc and the ball frequently stuck in the Manor Ground mud. Ilkeston began strongly with John Parry firing over from a Chris Beardsley free kick before he had another shot blocked. Belper responded and Bob Henshaw had to make a couple of good saves. Then Dick Fleckney came to Ilkeston's rescue when he cleared off the line from Folan.

The entertainment continued after the break and Ilkeston had most of the play but they couldn't find a way past future Ilkeston 'keeper Ken Shaw. Then, late in the game, The Robins committed football suicide. Jimmy Webb and Paul Wheatley exchanged square passes across their own area, the ball stuck in the mud, and Folan pounced to grab the points for champions elect Belper.

CHRIS BEATS THE COLD TO GRAB ROBINS POINT
22ND DECEMBER 1979
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston struggled during the first half against a lowly Sutton team but dominated the second half to earn a point. On a bitterly cold afternoon Sutton seized the initiative and Bentley twice went close to giving them the lead. Tony Fazekas had a good effort for Ilkeston but most of the action was at the other end. Bob Henshaw saved Daft's brilliant overhead kick and he made another good stop from the same player. Sutton finally broke the deadlock in the 40th minute through Bentley after Ilkeston's defence failed to clear.

Ilkeston finally got going in the second half. Alan Green, Clive Smith and Jim Baker all went close with headers before the equaliser finally came on 68 minutes through Chris Beardsley following Tommy Anderson's fine run and cross. Ilkeston pressed relentlessly for a winner during the closing stages but it never came.

BADGERS GAIN REVENGE
26TH DECEMBER 1979
ILKESTON TOWN 1 EASTWOOD TOWN 2
No report available. Ilkeston failed in their attempt to complete the double over their rivals. Steve Szep is believed to have scored Ilkeston's goal.  

JOY-LAND
12TH JANUARY 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ASHBY INTITUTE 3
Ilkeston were outplayed and outclassed by the visitors and the score could have been much worse. The signs were ominous early on when 'keeper Martin Rhowbotham did well to parry Winters' shot, and then Hoyland went close. Rhowbotham did superbly well to turn another Winters shot against the bar as Ilkeston somehow held out until half time. The Robins offered next to nothing during the first half and their only noteworthy incident was when Tony Fazekas picked up a booking.

It was no surprise when Ashby took the lead after half time. Winters' cross deflected off Paul Wheatley and against the post for Hoyland to score from the rebound with Ilkeston appealing that the ball had gone out of play. Hoyland's headed goal made it two in the 63rd minute and he completed his hat-trick ten minutes from time. Ilkeston only got going in the last few minutes when John Parry, Ian Brudenall and Steve Szep went close.

BITTER BLOW AT BRIGG
26TH JANUARY 1980
BRIGG TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston's improved performance deserved a point but they fell to an unfortunate last minute goal when Jim Baker deflected a long shot past Martin Rhowbotham and into his own net.

GREEN PAVES WAY FOR POINT
9TH FEBRUARY 1980
APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Poor finishing stood between Ilkeston and a much needed victory. Town began to stamp their authority after a slow start. Alan Green's good pass led to Steve Taylor shooting narrowly wide, and then Taylor had a shot saved. Martin Rhowbotham made a couple of good saves for Ilkeston who remained generally on top with Clive Smith having a fine header cleared off the line. They then produced a lovely move involving Green, Steve Szep, Paul Wheatley and Taylor that ended with Green shooting into the side net.

The second half continued in a similar vein before Ashby surprised The Robins by taking the lead through a good shot by Smith. Their joy was short lived as a spectacular 25 yard strike by Green a minute later found the target. Appleby then enjoyed their best spell of the game, but Ilkeston defended well and could have won it but Carl Francis was denied by a good save. 

ROBINS GIVE LONG EATON A FRIGHT
16TH FEBRUARY 1980
LONG EATON UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Long Eaton, still with hopes of winning the title, were dominated by Ilkeston and were thankful for a point. Had The Robins taken their chances they would have won convincingly. In a lively opening United were the first to show when future Ilkeston favourite Anton Lambert shot from distance and Martin Rhowbotham saved. Ilkeston responded with a Carl Francis header from Alan Green's corner that went over. Future Ilkeston defender Pete McGurk then shot wide for Long Eaton before Town took control. Green's shot was parried by Inger and was cleared before it crossed the line, and John Parry was inches off target following good work by Jimmy Webb.

Ilkeston remained on top after half time but Francis and Parry both missed good opportunities to score the winner.

VETERAN BARROWCLIFFE LEADS THE WAY
23RD FEBRUARY 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 1 KIMBERLEY TOWN 1
Ilkeston produced a disappointing performance in a hard fought game played on a heavy and slippery surface. Play went from end to end early on and John Parry was denied by a good save when he broke through the Kimberley defence. At the other end Martin Rhowbotham was forced to push away a good shot by former Robins star Kevin Flynn. Kimberley had a good chance to take the lead when 47 year old Geoff Barrowcliffe, who had appeared for Ilkeston almost thirty years earlier, blazed over from close range. Ilkeston created a couple of chances later in the first half, Parry shooting into the side net and Jim Baker's powerful header went close.

Ilkeston dominated possession after the break but lacked penetration and it was Kimberley who took the lead. Barrowcliffe's perfect pass released Roberts who beat the offside trap to score at the near post. The Robins kept plugging away and both Baker and Andy Rice made good attempts with headers. The equaliser eventually came a minute fromtime. Alan Green's corner caused confusion and Carl Francis headed home. 

ROBINS MAKE CUP PROGRESS
1ST MARCH 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 2 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 0 (LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND)
Ilkeston were excellent in a thrilling game and deservedly progressed to the last eight of the competition. They took the lead on 23 minutes when Jimmy Webb fired home from a narrow angle before Carl Francis made certain of victory late on.

BOSTON BOSS THE ROBINS
8TH MARCH 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 0 BOSTON 3
Reigning champions Boston kept their title hopes alive against an Ilkeston team that didn't play badly. However, Boston were too strong and formidable for them and won with relative ease. Mallinder gave them the lead on the half hour and minutes later Johnson's fine header made it two.

Ilkeston improved after half time but made little headway and salt was rubbed into the wound when Jim Baker put through his own goal in the 89th minute.

MUDDY MARVELS
15TH MARCH 1980
ALFRETON TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston battled their way to a hard fought victory in the mud. Both teams went close in the first half before Ilkeston stepped up a gear after half time. The winner came from Brian Clarence and it led to some late pressure from Alfreton. The Robins defended well, however, and they had 'keeper Martin Rhowbotham to thank for keeping a clean sheet when he made one excellent save in particular. Dick Fleckney made his 150th appearance for Ilkeston.

MAYOR WITNESSES DERBY CLASSIC
22ND MARCH 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Councillor Henry Shaw sponsored this match between Erewash's two leading clubs and the players responded by providing a feast of good football. Ilkeston showed tremendous character to twice come from behind to pick up a well deserved point. Goacher gave Long Eaton the lead after just three minutes of a fast and skilful first half.

Determined Ilkeston put on tremendous pressure after half time and were rewarded on 58 minutes when Dick Fleckney scored with a twice taken penalty. But Long Eaton regained the lead against the run of play eight minutes later when future Ilkeston manager Steve Holder swept in a pass from the left. Town refused to give up and they equalised in the 82nd minute when Fleckney's back header found Kevin Smith who provided the finish.

RENSHAW ROCKS ROBINS
29TH MARCH 1980
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Uninspiring Ilkeston were knocked out of the League Cup thanks to a 71st minute header by former Robins defender Steve Renshaw. Ilkeston were beaten by the better side and they lacked the necessary fire, aggression and character. Yet they almost took the game into extra time when Dick Fleckney's late effort shaved the woodwork.

ILKESTON SHOW GREAT IMPROVEMENT
5TH APRIL 1980
RETFORD TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston's disciplined performance against a physical Retford side brought a well deserved victory. By far the better team throughout Ilkeston edged in front on 37 minutes when Dick Fleckney fired into the roof of the net.

Ilkeston had to wait until the 72nd minute before their superiority gave them a second goal, netted by Les Parker. The Robins wrapped things up nicely five minutes from time when a corner was deflected into the net off a Retford defender.

TRINITY STEAL THE POINTS
7TH APRIL 1980
BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston ought to have got something from the game after dominating for long spells but in the end they came home with nothing. They began brightly and Kevin Smith shot narrowly over but Bridlington took the lead entirely against the run of play. Barker's header came back off the bar and Leadbeater was on hand to fire home the rebound. Worse was to follow when Trinity added a second, Barker heading home a left wing corner.

Ilkeston continued to have the bulk of the play and got themselves back into contention in the 57th minute. John Parry took his chance well following Jimmy Webb's free kick. Town went in search of an equaliser but a harshly awarded penalty, converted by Mountain on 75 minutes, killed off their hopes. They continued to attack but Bridlington held firm to clinch a somewhat fortunate victory.

FEARN RESIGNATION ROCKS ROBINS
12TH APRIL 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SKEGNESS TOWN 1
Ilkeston manager Bill Fearn handed in a shock resignation on the day of the match but was persuaded to stay in control of the team for the last two matches. On a warm day the teams served up uninspiring fayre. In the first half Ilkeston created the better chances but Skegness had more of the play, and it was the visitors who edged in front in the 25th minute when Piggott fully exploited a poor back pass. Their lead didn't last long, however, as Carl Francis went on a long run and crossed for John Parry to score with a beautiful header four minutes later.

The second half was a steady affair as both teams seemed happy to settle for a point. Paul Gregory made his debut.

LATE GOAL ENDS SEASON ON A LOW NOTE
19TH APRIL 1980
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 1
Alfreton pulled off a victory with a goal nine minutes from time in a typical end of season match. Play was uninspiring and fairly even and both teams struggled to master the strong wind. Alfreton were on top early on and both Les Parker and Bob Riley had to clear off the line. Ilkeston gradually came more into it and Dick Fleckney twice went close before half time.

The Robins did improve after in the second half but their attacks lacked threat and in the end it was Alfreton who showed the way to goal.