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1981/82 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Shepshed Charterhouse 34 22 7 5 78 26 51
2 Alfreton Town 34 20 7 7 64 24 47
3 Eastwood Town 34 19 8 7 62 34 46
4 Spalding United 34 14 14 6 49 34 42
5 Guisborough Town 34 16 9 9 49 37 41
6 Appleby Frodingham Athletic 34 16 8 10 53 50 40
7 Heanor Town 34 12 15 7 40 32 39
8 Mexborough Town Athletic 34 14 8 12 45 41 36
9 Boston 34 12 11 11 45 35 35
10 Skegness Town 34 12 11 11 32 37 35
11 Long Eaton United 34 11 12 11 44 50 34
12 Belper Town 34 10 13 11 47 49 33
13 Bridlington Trinity 34 10 9 15 48 56 29
14 ILKESTON TOWN 34 8 9 17 35 46 25
15 Brigg Town 34 6 11 17 30 61 23
16 Arnold 34 9 4 21 46 74 22
17 Sutton Town 34 5 8 21 27 67 18
18 Ashby Institute 34 4 8 22 24 65 16



1981/82 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
29 AUG SPALDING UNITED D2-2 MASON (OG), COLLISON
31 AUG Guisborough L1-2 GREEN
05 SEP Skegness Town L0-1  
26 SEP BOSTON W2-0 HOWARD, NEWTON
29 SEP Belper Town L3-5 NEWTON, WEBSTER, GREEN
10 OCT SKEGNESS TOWN D2-2 COLLISON, LEVERS
13 OCT Eastwood Town L0-2  
24 OCT BRIDLINGTON TRINITY W1-0 MUIR
31 OCT Shepshed Charterhouse L0-2  
07 NOV ASHBY INSTITUTE L0-2  
14 NOV Mexborough Town Athletic D1-1 BARROWCLIFFE
28 NOV Long Eaton United D0-0  
05 DEC Spalding United W1-0 WEBSTER
12 DEC Alfreton Town L0-1  
23 JAN SUTTON TOWN D1-1 JOHNSON
30 JAN ARNOLD W3-2 FLYNN (PEN), HOWARD, BLOUNT
06 FEB Arnold W2-1 HOWARD, FLYNN
13 FEB APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC L0-1  
27 FEB LONG EATON UNITED L2-3 HOWARD 2
13 MAR Boston L0-1  
20 MAR Heanor Town L0-1  
27 MAR Sutton Town D1-1 LAMBERT
31 MAR ALFRETON TOWN L0-1  
03 APR HEANOR TOWN L0-1  
08 APR SHEPSHED CHARTERHOUSE L1-2 GREGORY
10 APR Ashby Institute D0-0  
12 APR Appleby Frodingham Athletic W2-0 RYE (PEN), LAMBERT
17 APR BRIGG TOWN L2-3 FLECKNEY, WEBSTER
20 APR BELPER TOWN W2-1 FLYNN, WEBSTER
24 APR EASTWOOD TOWN W2-1 WEBSTER, LAMBERT
27 APR MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC D1-1 LAMBERT
01 MAY GUISBOROUGH D2-2 LAMBERT, WEBSTER
03 MAY Brigg Town L0-1  
08 MAY Bridlington Trinity L1-2 COLLISON

1981/82 FA CUP RESULTS
ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 19 SEP HINCKLEY ATHLETIC W2-0 120 WEBSTER, MUIR
2QR 03 OCT Worksop Town W3-2 533 FLYNN, BARROWCLIFFE, MUIR
3QR 17 OCT Corby Town L1-8 600 WEBSTER


1981/82 FA TROPHY RESULT
ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT
PR 12 SEP Heanor Town L0-1 180


1981/82 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULT
ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT
1R 21 NOV HEANOR TOWN L0-3



1981/82 MIDLAND COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS
ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
1R 20 FEB Sutton Town W2-1 BRODIE, HOWARD
QF 06 MAR Shepshed Charterhouse L0-4  

SPALDING SPOIL TOWN'S FINE START
29TH AUGUST 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SPALDING UNITED 2
Ilkeston were forced to accept a draw after looking comfortable with a two goal half time lead. Spalding began this entertaining game strongly but Town gradually gained the upper hand. Lol Oakley went close with a free kick before Ilkeston took the lead when Kevin Flynn's low centre was driven into his own net by Mason. Growing in confidence they scored a second before the break when further good work by Flynn provided the chance for Dave Collison to score.

The second half was a vastly different affair as the visitors came back strongly. Dave Buxton made two good saves and Phil Barrowcliffe cleared off the line before Spalding scored twice to earn a deserved point.

LATE GOAL THWARTS ROBINS
31ST AUGUST 1981
GUISBOROUGH 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston came close to picking up an away point against a physical Guisborough team who began the game full of attacking intent. The home side went ahead through Mulharns on 9 minutes and he missed a great chance minutes later when he rounded Dave Buxton only to lob wide of an empty net. The miss could have been costly because Ilkeston drew level on 16 minutes. Superb work by Jeff Webster set up Alan Green who slotted home. Town grew in confidence and matched Guisborough during the first half although it needed two brilliant saves from Buxton to keep them on level terms.

Guisborough began the second half well but the game became frustrating due to the numerous stoppages. Then, just as Ilkeston looked set for a point, Dilworth popped up with a winner three minutes from time. Town went in search of a last gasp equaliser that wouldn't come.

ILKESTON UNLUCKY IN DEFEAT
5TH SEPTEMBER 1981
SKEGNESS TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Persistent Skegness dominated the first half and deservedly took a 15th minute lead. Drinkell's volley from 6 yards after Alan Newton failed to clear was enough to settle the issue.

Yet Ilkeston played much better after the break and had chances to equalise. Jeff Webster's good shot went just wide, and Steve Walker shot well off target from a good opportunity. Skegness were rarely seen as an attacking force in the second half although Dave Buxton made two good saves to keep Ilkeston in with a fighting chance.

FREAK GOAL KNOCKS OUT ROBINS
12TH SEPTEMBER 1981
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (FA TROPHY PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Heanor began the game with most of the possession and attacking moves but Ilkeston looked threatening on the break. From one counter attack a Mick Howard shot was punched away to safety by Weighill. Gradually play became more even and flowed from end to end. Jeff Webster saw his dipping shot pushed over the bar by Weighill whilst Dave Buxton made a brilliant save at the other end.

The Robins' defence looked shaky after half time as Heanor built up long spells of pressure. Somehow Ilkeston held out until three minutes from time. Buxton misjudged a high cross and the ball struck former Ilkeston player Kevin Smith's head before bouncing into net for a fluke winner.

EIGHT YEAR WAIT OVER
19TH SEPTEMBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 2 HINCKLEY ATHLETIC 0 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND) 
Ilkeston won an FA Cup tie for the first time in eight years. They took the game to their West Midlands Regional League opponents from the off and created a series of early chances. Jeff Webster headed just wide from an Alan Green free kick, and the same player fired a terrific cross shot inches over the bar. Webster was unlucky again with a strike from outside the area that struck the bar, and then Mick Howard missed a good chance when he fired straight at 'keeper Fuller. Hinckley, who were confined to the occasional break, could have had no complaints when Ilkeston took a 23rd minute lead. Howard won the ball in midfield and made ground prior to squaring to Ian Muir who dummied a defender beautifully before rolling the ball to Webster who blasted high into the net. Webster came close to another goal before half time when his header was tipped round the post by Fuller.

Hinckley were more determined after the break and a good move involving Hardy and Clarke ended with the former putting the ball just over the top. But Ilkeston killed the game on 77 minutes. Kevin Flynn's low driven free kick from the right was met by a powerful Muir diving header.

CHAMPIONS BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH
26TH SEPTEMBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BOSTON 0
Title holders Boston were deservedly beaten by Ilkeston despite dominating the early part of the game. Town then settled and Mark Levers and Jeff Webster missed chances before they got their noses in front. The goal came on 29 minutes when Mick Howard scored from close range follwing a scramble. Boston had chances to level the scores before half time when both Musson and Mitchell shot wide from good positions.

Ilkeston began the second half on the attack an a good effort by Alan Newton was saved by McPherson. Johnsone lobbed just over at the other end but the all important next goal fell to Ilkeston in the 72nd minute. Dave Collison's forward pass released Newton who burst into the area before slamming home. Play during the closing stages went from end to end with Boston creating the better openings but Ilkeston were in no mood to surrender their two goal advantage.

CARNAGE AT CHRISTCHURCH MEADOW
29TH SEPTEMBER 1981
BELPER TOWN 5 ILKESTON TOWN 3
A sensational burst of five goals in a 15 minute spell leading up to half time left Ilkeston in tatters. A superb 20 yard free kick by Whetton gave Belper the lead on the half hour, and Downing made it two five minutes later. Fantom added a third on 40 minutes and there was still time for Nicholson to add two further goals before the break.

Yet this remarkable game took a further twist as Ilkeston almost produced a miracle. Alan Newton pulled a goal back a minute into the second half before Jeff Webster scored their second five minutes later. Alan Green added another with ten minutes remaining but time ran out on The Robins.  

TOOTHLESS TIGERS LOSE THEIR ROAR
3RD OCTOBER 1981
WORKSOP TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston produced their biggest giant killing act for many years when they came back from the dead to defeat their Northern Premier League opponents. Worksop looked worthy of their status during the first half and they looked set to progress further in the competition. Dave Buxton made an excellent early save before Worksop wasted a great opportunity to take the lead when Miller blasted a penalty wide. However, they did take the lead on 28 minutes when Vardy's long cross was headed in by the unmarked Fisher. When Fisher scored again five minutes later Ilkeston seemed to be in big trouble.

With nothing to lose Ilkeston attacked with purpose after half time and a goal soon came, Kevin Flynn's magnificent 30 yard strike finding the target. Suddenly, Ilkeston looked capable of causing an upset and they equalised in the 66th minute when Alan Green's through ball found Phil Barrowcliffe who slipped the ball under the advancing 'keeper. Worksop were reeling but things got worse still for them when substitute Ian Muir shot home Ilkeston's winner following a good move involving Flynn and Dave Collison.

TABLE TOPPERS ALMOST TOPPLED
10TH OCTOBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 2 SKEGNESS TOWN 2
Ilkeston were just three minutes away from a fine victory against league leaders Skegness when Boyers scored his second goal of the game to earn the visitors a point. The Robins created several openings early in the game. Jeff Webster's shot on the turn went just wide, Mick Howard forced his way through before firing a shot that skimmed the bar, and an Ian Muir shot forced 'keeper Finch into a fingertip save. Ilkeston deservedly took the lead on 32 minutes when Webster's cross from the right found Dave Collison whose mishit volley found the target. Their lead lasted just three minutes, however. Ellis went unchallenged on a 40 yard run before squaring to Boyers who scored with a calm finish.

Ilkeston regained the lead early in the second half. Alan Newton pulled the ball back to Webster whose cheeky back heel went to Mark Levers who picked his spot. The goal signalled Skegness pressure but Ilkeston defended well. Skegness went close through Shelton's fierce 25 yard shot that was pushed over the bar by Dave Buxton, but Ilkeston created chances of their own. Kevin Flynn's cross was met by a Webster header that brought a brilliant save from Finch, and they went even closer when Howard headed an Alan Green free kick against the bar. Then, in the 87th minute, Boyers cut inside, beat Lee Johnson, and fired home to bring Skegness back level.

RICHARDSON ON THE MARK
13TH OCTOBER 1981
EASTWOOD TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Two first half goals by Mark Richardson settled this local derby in Eastwood's favour. The first arrived in the 14th minute when Chambers' pass found Paul Richardson and his beautiful through ball was finished by his namesake. Eastwood doubled the lead on the half hour. Kevin Flynn's attempted back pass only reached Mark Richardson who lobbed over the advancing Dave Buxton.

The most exciting moment of the second half came when Ilkeston defender Alan Newton cleared off the line four times within the space of a few seconds from Chambers and Mark Richardson who had two attempts each. Otherwise the half was a scrappy and bad tempered affair. Flynn and Alan Green were both booked.

COR BLIMEY
17TH OCTOBER 1981
CORBY TOWN 8 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (FA CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston's hopes of a further cup upset were ruthlessly destroyed by Southern League side Corby. The Robins fought bravely throughout and the first 25 minutes was fairly even, but once Roberts scored the first of his five goals their defence was caught square time and time again.

Three down at half time, Ilkeston were outclassed after the break although Jeff Webster scored a 70th minute consolation goal. Corby's other scorers were Dryhurst (2) and Walker.

MUIR MAGIC
24TH OCTOBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 1 BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 0
Ilkeston could and should have won by a bigger margin, and looked threatening throughout, but it needed a late goal by Ian Muir to seperate the teams. Both teams had chances early on. Bridlington's Dyson's shot on the turn went over, and Muir's shot following Mick Howard's through pass was saved by Beal. Dave Buxton made a good save at the other end from Edmonson before Ilkeston took control. Jeff Webster and Howard forced Beal into good saves, and Kevin Flynn's 30 yard free kick flew just wide. Barker headed just wide for Bridlington but his error shortly afterwards almost cost Trinity a goal. Under pressure from Howard who was in pursuit of a through ball he allowed the Ilkeston player to get past him. However, Howard's shot struck Beal and bounced to safety. Then, Alan Newton released Webster down the left and his low cross found Muir whose shot hit Beal's legs.

Ilkeston were repeatedly frustrated by Bridlington's offside trap in the second half but they finally made the breakthrough ten minutes from time. Dave Collison's perfect through ball found Webster and cut in to fire in a terrific shot that was parried away by Beal, but Muir was on hand to hook the ball into the net from a narrow angle. The goal was enough to win the game although Collison should have killed the game off when he blazed over from 3 yards.

McCANN CAN
31ST OCTOBER 1981
SHEPSHED CHARTERHOUSE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
This was no disgrace for Ilkeston, beaten as they were by a Shepshed team heading for the title. Indeed, Ilkeston were the better team during the opening period with both Jeff Webster and Ian Muir hishitting chances that could have given them the lead. Shepshed then settled and from a corner Kendrick's header clipped the bar. Shepshed took the lead before half time with a controversial penalty. Jones cut in from the wing and beat Alan Green, making his 100th appearance, before being tackled by Alan Newton who appeared to win the ball fairly. However, the referee pointed to the spot and McCann converted.

Shepshed showed more of their championship form after the break and it was no surprise when they doubled their lead. Chapman just failed to connect with Wood's corner at the near post but McCann was on hand to net his second.

ASHBY SHOCK ROBINS
7TH NOVEMBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ASHBY INSTITUTE 2
Bottom of the table Ashby won a poor game that was handed to them on a plate by The Robins. Ashby took the lead after just 4 minutes when Dave Collison's bad back pass was intercepted by Wareing who lobbed the ball over the advancing Dave Buxton. Town responded with intent. Jeff Webster's superb effort clipped the bar, and Kevin Flynn, making his 100th appearance, shot over following good work by Mark Blount. Ilkeston then had a goal disallowed for an Alan Green foul on 'keeper Wallace, but after that they fell away badly. The game became scrappy and Ashby took advantage by scoring again on 41 minutes. Buxton spilled a low cross and Strutt lashed the ball home from close range.

Ilkeston were completely out of sorts after half time and only got going late in the game. Wallace made a couple of fine saves from Blount and Webster, and Town had another couple of efforts cleared off the line, but in the end Town got the result their overall play deserved.

BARROWCLIFFE BAGS A POINT
14TH NOVEMBER 1981
MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston collected a useful point from an uncompromising yet exciting game. Mexborough mounted pressure early on but Ilkeston coped with their high balls well. Play then became more even although the home side had the edge, with Ilkeston being grateful to Dave Buxton for two brilliant saves. However, Mexborough took the lead before the break when Hornsby finished off a superb move.

The Robins were much more positive after half time. When 'keeper Mellor misjudged a cross the ball fell to Jeff Webster's weak shot was cleared off the line, but they soon equalised after 52 minutes. Phil Barrowcliffe chased a long through ball and touched the ball past Mellor before poking it into the corner. Although Mexborough built up some pressure during the closing stages Ilkeston had chances to win the game on the break.

HEANOR HAMMER ROBINS
29TH NOVEMBER 1981
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
There was no indication of what was to follow as Ilkeston played the better football in the first half. Jeff Webster wasted two good chances and Phil Barrowcliffe rattled the post but Ilkeston couldn't turn their superiority into goals.

The game changed when Cant scored the first of his two goals a minute into the second half. Former Ilkeston player Brian Clarence also found the target as The Robins were completely over-run and the score would have been worse but for a brilliant penalty save by Dave Buxton. Ilkeston staged a late rally with Mick Howard twice being denied by excellent saves.

TEN MAN TOWN PICK UP POINT
28TH NOVEMBER 1981
LONG EATON UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston picked up a useful away point against the odds, having played most of the match with only ten men. Indeed, The Robins created enough chances to have won the game, the first of which fell to Jeff Webster whose stinging volley was well saved by Whitehead. Mick Howard then had an effort cleared off the line before Jamie Brodie headed off the line at the other end. Then came the controversial moment when Ilkeston's task became much harder. Long Eaton 'keeper Whitehead fumbled the ball and restrained Webster as he tried to take advantage. Webster, unable to capitalise, retaliated and the referee, instead of awarding an Ilkeston penalty, sent Webster off. The referee lost control of the game during the rest of the half as tempers flared. Ilkeston defended stubbornly and went in at half time with the game goal-less.

Ilkeston created the better chances during the second half. Dave Collison and Mark Blount both had efforts well saved, but Whitehead's best save came when Phil Barrowcliffe put Howard in the clear.

WEBSTER WINS IT
5TH DECEMBER 1981
SPALDING UNITED 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston pulled off a shock win at high flying Spalding. Full of commitment and defending superbly throughout, Town weathered the early storm to take the lead on 15 minutes. Phil Barrowcliffe made ground through the middle before releasing Jeff Webster with a lovely pass and he cleverly drew 'keeper Hopkinson before slotting home from outside the area. Spalding hit back with a Shutt shot that flashed narrowly wide, but Ilkeston looked dangerous on the counter with both Kevin Flynn and Webster going close before half time.

Ilkeston soaked up heavy pressure during the second half but continued to create chances of their own. Webster lobbed high and wide, Mick Howard's shot was well saved, and Hopkinson made an even better save to keep out Flynn's 20 yard free kick. The final minutes were tense as Spalding searched for an equaliser but Ilkeston held out for a deserved victory.

ROBINS ROBBED OF POINT
12TH DECEMBER 1981
ALFRETON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
No report available. Alfreton's controversial winner came as the result of the ball being kicked out of Dave Buxton's grasp.

BUXTON ERROR PROVES COSTLY
23RD JANUARY 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SUTTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston looked disorganised and off the pace during a scrappy start but began to settle down later in the first half. They came close to taking the lead when Mark Blount's 20 yard shot hit the bar.

The Robins improved significantly in the second half. Mick Howard and Blount both had shots blocked before they deservedly took the lead on the hour. Sutton could only half clear the ball during an Ilkeston attack and it fell to Lee Johnson whose 20 yard bullet found the top corner. However, they conceded a soft equaliser two minutes later. Dave Buxton came out of his goal to claim a through ball but he spilled it and Davies was left with a simple finish. Ilkeston pressed hard for a winner but they were unable to make a breakthrough.

HOWARD'S WAY
30TH JANUARY 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 3 ARNOLD 2
Stylish Ilkeston won more comfortably than the final score suggested. They took the lead through a Kevin Flynn penalty after Kowelenko handled, and took charge. Mick Howard made it two when he drew the 'keeper and pushed the ball home. Arnold were rarely seen as an attacking force during the first half although Dave Buxton made a good save to deny Egan. Most of the play contined in the Arnold half and a cracking shot by Howard flashed wide.

Arnold's best spell came during the first twenty minutes of the second half and they pulled a goal back through Hailwood who was left with a simple finish at the far post. The setback reawakened Ilkeston and on 83 minutes they made sure of victory thanks to a blistering shot by Mark Blount from the edge of the box. Elliott scored a consolation goal for Arnold three minutes from time. 

FLYING FLYNN NICKS THE WIN
6TH FEBRUARY 1982
ARNOLD 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston battled hard and played well in an exciting game that was marred by some unusual decisions by the referee. Both teams created early chances and it was Ilkeston who came closest to taking the lead. Jeff Webster's powerful shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the line before being cleared. Arnold then had a good spell and took the lead in the 31st minute when Hailwood's cross was met by a flying header into the roof of the net by Dixon. Suddenly Ilkeston looked vulnerable and Paul Gregory was booked for a foul on Livesey but they regained their composure as half time approached.

Town thought they had equalised early in the second half but Alan Newton's effort was controversially ruled out for offside. However, they deservedly equalised on 61 minutes when Mick Howard crashed the ball high into the net from 15 yards. Ilkeston pressed for a winner and it duly came 30 seconds from time through Kevin Flynn's first time shot into the corner from the edge of the box.

OWN GOAL SEALS TOWN'S FATE
13TH FEBRUARY 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 0 APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 1
Ilkeston began brightly with a fine shot by Mick Howard going close but they fell away and never got to grips with a good Appleby team. A controversial penalty award against Paul Gregory proved to be inconsequential as Dave Buxton made a brilliant save. Buxton made several more remarkable stops as the visitors exerted great pressure but he was powerless to prevent their first half winner. A harmless looking corner was sliced into his own net by Lee Johnson. Mark Blount twice went close for The Robins as they tried to hit back before half time.

However, Ilkeston were poor in the second half and did nothing going forward. The only satisfaction they could have derived from it was their prevention of further goals against them.

ILKESTON BOOK PLACE IN SECOND ROUND
20TH FEBRUARY 1982
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
No match report available. It is understood that Jamie Brodie and Mick Howard scored Ilkeston's goals.

EARLY GOAL BLITZ WRECKS ROBINS
27TH FEBRUARY 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 2 LONG EATON UNITED 3
Ilkeston were destroyed during the first 25 minutes when Long Eaton scored three times. The Robins, who started the game well, fought back strongly but the damage had been done. Long Eaton took the lead through the unmarked Finnegan on 15 minutes and poor marking again allowed future Ilkeston stalwart Tony Cuthbert to add a second six minutes later. Long Eaton added a third through former Ilkeston player Simon Dowey in the 25th minute. Then Ilkeston staged a revival with Mick Howard scoring twice before half time. He cleverly drew the 'keeper to score the first, and then he shot home from 18 yards.

Ilkeston went all out for the equaliser in the second half but they couldn't score. Three Alan Newton shots were cleared off the line, and Malcolm Rye blasted over from 3 yards out.

SHEPSHED SHATTER TOWN'S CUP HOPES
6TH MARCH 1982
SHEPSHED CHARTERHOUSE 4 ILKESTON TOWN 0 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Shepshed, heading towards a league and cup double, were too strong for Ilkeston on a treacherous pitch where the ball frequently stuck in the puddles. Shepshed did most of the early attacking and Lissaman went close several times. However, Ilkeston had their moments as the first half progressed. Hesitant defending let in Malcolm Rye for a shot that was saved, and Mark Blount went close.

Ilkeston fell to pieces once Shepshed got their noses in front in the 55th minute, when Lissaman set up Rue for a header. Ten minutes later Rue scored again with another header, this time from Fearn's cross, and Lissaman added a third on 82 minutes. Lissaman sealed off the proceedings by setting up Wilcox for a fourth in the final minute.

BOSTON BOSS ILKESTON
13TH MARCH 1982
BOSTON 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Ilkeston produced a creditable performance but created little going forward. Throughout the whole of the game Town were restricted to long range efforts from Kevin Flynn and one clear cut chance that was wasted by Mick Howard.

Boston, on the other hand, were more dangerous and but for some good saves by Dave Buxton would have won more handsomely. Musson was the scorer of their second half winner.

HEANOR LET ILKESTON OFF LIGHTLY
20TH MARCH 1982
HEANOR TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Heanor dominated the game but poor finishing let them down. Somehow Ilkeston kept them out until the 65th minute when they were finally undone by McElvaney's superb drive.

Ilkeston's best spell came after they had fallen behind and, following a free kick, Weighill did well to save Kevin Flynn's effort. However, Heanor almost added a late second when Cutt's overhead kick hit the bar.

ANTON SAVES ROBINS
27TH MARCH 1982
SUTTON TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston should have won the game but a mixture of bad luck and weak finishing meant they had to settle for a point. Yet it could have been worse as Sutton led for most of the match. The Robins created plenty of early chances but were rocked in the 24th minute when Sutton scored against the run of play through future Ilkeston player Julian Garmston.

Ilkeston piled forward in the second half as the home side were hampered by a bad ankle injury suffered by Garmston. The Robins were finally rewarded in injury time when Anton Lambert headed a corner fiercely into the roof of the net. There was still time for Alan Newton to almost snatch a dramatic late winner for Ilkeston.

ALFRETON ADD TO ILKESTON'S MISERY
31ST MARCH 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 0 ALFRETON TOWN 1
Ilkeston fell to their 5th defeat in six league games. No match report available.

DIRE ILKESTON BEATEN AGAIN
3RD APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 0 HEANOR TOWN 1
Ilkeston were truly dismal against a Heanor team that never looked like losing despite Dick Fleckney and Jamie Brodie going close late in the game. McElvaney's first half goal was enough to settle the issue.

SMARTER-HOUSE
8TH APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SHEPSHED CHARTERHOUSE 2
No match report available. Paul Gregory is understood to have scored Ilkeston's goal against the champions elect.

WOODWORK SAVES ASHBY
10TH APRIL 1982
ASHBY INSTITUTE 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Wretched luck and inferior finishing during the first half prevented Ilkeston from picking up the points. Ilkeston were denied by the woodwork on three occasions in the first 45 minutes.

Ashby showed up better in the second half but they couldn't find a way past the impressive Dave Buxton.

TOWN FORM RIPENS WITH RYE PEN
12TH APRIL 1982
APPLEBY FRODINGHAM ATHLETIC 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Much improved Ilkeston were worthy winners and took the lead from the penalty spot following early pressure. Malcolm Rye converted after Jeff Webster had been pushed whilst trying to get on the end of Mark Blount's cross. The Robins continued to attack with confidence and it was no surprise when Anton Lambert scored a second later in the half.

Appleby were more determined after half time but Ilkeston could have had another when Mick Howard's shot was unconvincingly saved.

TROUBLE AT THE MANOR
17TH APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BRIGG TOWN 3
A truly bizarre game that was ill fated from the moment Brigg's team bus broke down en route to the game ended in turmoil. The kick off was delayed as a result but the visitors seemed none the worse for their mishap. Starting strongly, Brigg were denied by some good saves from Dave Buxton and the woodwork. However, Ilkeston took a suprise lead when Dick Fleckney made the most of Alan Newton's pass. The lead was shortlived as Gibbons quickly responded by nodding the equaliser. The setback acted as a spur for The Robins and Anton Lambert, Kevin Flynn and Malcolm Rye all went close to putting them back in front. Finally, Jeff Webster scored to give Ilkeston a half time lead.

Ilkeston disappointed after the break although Fleckney had a fine effort disallowed. Nevertheless they looked set for victory until an extraordinary last ten minutes. During that time Brigg scored twice to turn the match on its head, Alan Newton was sent off, three players were booked, and the referee needed to be escorted off the pitch at the end amid ugly scenes involving both sets of supporters.

BELPER NAILED
20TH APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 2 BELPER TOWN 1
No match report available. Kevin Flynn and Jeff Webster scored the Ilkeston goals.

BADGERS HOPES IN TATTERS
24TH APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 2 EASTWOOD TOWN 1
Eastwood's hopes of winning the Midland Counties League title lay in ruins after Ilkeston deservedly pulled off a suprise victory. Eastwood looked the better side in the early stages and they took the lead on 18 minutes when Wright scored at the second attempt following a cross from the left. Ilkeston then came to life and they drew level on the half hour thanks to Jeff Webster's brilliant shot on the turn.

Ilkeston were in commanding form in the second half. Anton Lambert's fine header went just wide and Dick Fleckney saw his low drive well saved by future Ilkeston 'keeper Ken Shaw. Ilkeston eventually got the winning goal they deserved ten minutes from time when a mix up in the Eastwood defence left Lambert with an empty net. The goal signalled heavy Eastwood pressure, and Harvey and Wright both missed chances. Ilkeston still looked dangerous, however, and after they had a late goal disallowed Fleckney had a 25 yard shot saved by Shaw.

ROBINS HELD AT HOME
27TH APRIL 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 1 MEXBOROUGH TOWN ATHLETIC 1
No match report available. Anton Lambert's goal earned Ilkeston a point.

TOWN PEGGED BACK
1ST MAY 1982
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GUISBOROUGH 2
A thrilling game ended disappointingly for Ilkeston who led by two goals at one point. On a wet and windy day a 'keeper error gifted The Robins a first half lead, the goal coming from Anton Lambert.

Ilkeston doubled their lead early in the second half when excellent work by Jamie Brodie provided the chance for Jeff Webster. But Guisborough rallied and two late goals earned them a point. 

BRIGG'S DREW ROBINS LOST
3RD MAY 1982
BRIGG TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Drew's 57th minute goal decided the outcome of this match. His cross into the heart of the Ilkeston defence bounced awkwardly past the unsighted Dave Buxton for a somewhat fortunate winner.

Earlier Ilkeston had shaded the first half. Jamie Brodie headed narrowly over, and Mark Blount shot into the side net. Steve Straw came closest to an Ilkeston goal when he hit the post shortly after half time. 

COLLI-WOBBLES
8TH MAY 1982
BRIDLINGTON TRINITY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Dave Collison was heavily involved throughout but not everything went his way. His headed own goal gave Bridlington a 20th minute lead, and he was booked for a foul on Rogers during the second half. Collison's luck had improved between these incidents when he scored Ilkeston's equaliser a minute from the break.

Ilkeston looked like they would end the season with an away point but Taylor's late header following a defensive error gave Bridlington the points.