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2010/11 CONFERENCE NORTH RESULTS (RESULTS EXPUNGED AFTER CLUB WENT INTO LIQUIDATION ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2010)

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
14 AUG VAUXHALL MOTORS W2-1 270 MORGAN-SMITH, RICKETTS
18 AUG Nuneaton Town D2-2 1072 GRAHAM, MORGAN-SMITH
21 AUG Gloucester City L0-2 402
24 AUG STAFFORD RANGERS L0-2 292
28 AUG Hyde United D1-1 319 MORGAN-SMITH (PEN)
30 AUG GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY L2-5 361 WATTS, BURGE (PEN)
04 SEP EASTWOOD TOWN D0-0 657

FA YOUTH CUP
1QR ILKESTON TOWN ACADEMY 6 NEW MILLS 3
NB. Ilkeston Town Academy was eliminated from the competition when the parent club was liquidated.


ILKESTON MOTOR TO OPENING DAY VICTORY
14TH AUGUST 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 2 VAUXHALL MOTORS 1
Ilkeston came back from behind to make a winning start to the season. They looked the better side during a quiet opening that saw Jason Lee fire over from a narrow angle. But it was Vauxhall who took the lead on 19 minutes when Noone put Brown through and when his shot came back off the post Anorou was left with a simple finish. The visitors gained heart from the goal and Brown saw his well struck shot tipped over by Dan Lowson. However, The Robins drew level in the 25th minute. Laurie Wilson's fine pass released Amari Morgan-Smith who cut in from the right to fire a lovely angled drive past Tynan. Four minutes later Town got the winner when Gary Ricketts' downward header from Wilson's corner bounced high into the net. Vauxhall responded with a Brown shot from range that Lowson held, but Ilkeston had gained the momentum. Morgan-Smith got free and crossed to Lee who headed over, Ricketts' header from Wilson's free kick cleared the bar and Lee shot a chance straight at Tynan.

Ilkeston began the second half brightly. Ricketts' close range shot was deflected over and Wilson went close with a free kick. Gradually Vauxhall came back into it, however. Brown set up a clear chance for Grice that he failed to take, Brown headed over, and Wright tested Lowson with a low shot. Town threatened to make the game safe occasionally with Paul Dempsey shooting narrowly over from 25 yards after a Vauxhall clearance fell to him and Morgan-Smith shot straight at Tynan when he had a scoring opportunity. The visitors then put on some sustained late pressure with both Brown and Josh Wilson having well struck low shots saved by Lowson, but Ilkeston hung on to claim the points.

BLUE NUN
17TH AUGUST 2010
NUNEATON TOWN 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Nuneaton looked set for victory but didn't count on Ilkeston's spirit that eventually brought them a late equaliser. The home side were the better team during the first half and began strongly. Dillon lobbed over and then fired wide before Oddy's square pass found Forsdick whose shot hit the post. The Robins gradually settled and when Liam Green's cross found Gary Ricketts his header just missed the target. Laurie Wilson then shot narrowly wide from 35 yards before Nuneaton regained the upper hand. Forsdick shot over after being set up by Oddy before they deservedly took the lead a minute before half time. Dan Lowson saved shots from Storer and Dillon before Stuart Giddings' goal line clearance fell to Storer who scored with a superb volley.

The Robins improved significantly after half time and they drew level on 53 minutes when Liam Green's perfect through ball sent substitute David Graham away to finish in style. Paul Dempsey then freed Amari Morgan-Smith whose shot was blocked but Ilkeston's pressure counted for nothing when Storey's thumping volley from 30 yards handed the lead back to Nuneaton. However, Ilkeston refused to accept defeat and stepped up the pressure. Wilson's fine run ended with his shot being blocked, Dempsey had a shot charged down, and substitute Chukki Eribenne had a goal ruled out when he nodded home after Graham headed the ball into his path. The equaliser duly came in the 86th minute. Jake Picton's long ball confused the home defence and Morgan-Smith ran in from the left to drive the ball home. The Robins then went in search of a late winner and came close to it when Eribenne fired Morgan-Smith's cut back into the side net but in the end they had to settle for a well earned point.   

ROBINS LOSE THEIR GLOSS
21ST AUGUST 2010
GLOUCESTER CITY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Disjointed Ilkeston were outfought by Gloucester and could have no complaints about the final outcome. The home side missed plenty of chances in the first half and began strongly with a Mullings shot and a Harris drive from 20 yards going close. Town's only effort of note during the opening period came from Laurie Wilson who forced a save from Sawyer. Symons had a goal ruled out for offside as half time approached but Gloucester were not to be denied and duly took the lead in the 43rd minute when Bryant pulled the ball back from the right for Harris to stroke home.

The second half continued in a similar fashion although Amari Morgan-Smith got in a shot for The Robins that flew across the face of goal. Gloucester remained full of intent, however, and when Ryan Clarke struggled to clear a Mullings cross Symons blazed over from 10 yards, and then Dan Lowson made a good save to deny Bryant. A good pass by Paul Dempsey found David Graham who brought a save from Sawyer but that was the last chance Town had of getting back into the game as they were reduced to ten men two minutes later. Jake Picton received a red card on 72 minutes for his part in an off the ball incident. Six minutes later Gloucester got the second goal they deserved when Symons cut inside from the left to fire home from a narrow angle. The home side had further chances to score but Lowson made three excellent saves late on, including two superb stops from Symons and O'Hara. 

RANGERS MADE OF STERNER STAFF
24TH AUGUST 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Ilkeston showed plenty of courage, guts and determination but lacked the quality and good fortune to break down a well organised Stafford team. However, on another night, they may well have got something from the game. Town began well and a deep cross by Liam Green was headed by David Graham but former Ilkeston 'keeper Lee Evans completed a comfortable low save. Two minutes later, Rangers went ahead. Ryan Clarke could only help the ball into Kasiama's path and his cross was headed home from point blank range at the far post by the unmarked Mellor. Stafford began to take control and a curling shot by Reid brought a splendid diving save from Dan Lowson. Ilkeston responded with a shot by Chukki Eribenne that was blocked, but Rangers continued to pose more of a threat. Davidson fired wide, and the same player then found Reid who shot narrowly wide. But Ilkeston stepped it up as half time approached and almost equalised. Laurie Wilson's corner was headed against the bar by Gary Ricketts and Amari Morgan-Smith's follow up header clipped the bar as Ilkeston claimed that Ricketts' initial header had crossed the line.

Town came out all the more determined for the second half which had been held up for 28 minutes because of an injury to sustained by the assistant referee, but the visitors continued to look threatening on the break. Reid forced Lowson into a couple of good saves, whilst at the other end Evans denied Eribenne who had got in a shot after being picked out by Wilson's through ball. Mellor went close for Stafford but Ilkeston began to mount some serious pressure. When Morgan-Smith put Eribenne through into the area it needed an excellent save from Evans to keep out his low angled drive. Ilkeston then had justifiable claims for a penalty when Josh Burge was bundled over as he latched onto a ball over the top but the referee ignored their appeals. Stafford then got the killer second goal on 77 minutes when Davidson's run ended with a low shot that deflected off Green past the helpless Lowson. The Robins continued to battle on gamely and created a few half chances but apart from Ricketts' effort that hit the side netting deep into an extended period of stoppage time they rarely looked capable of saving the game. 

ROBINS REFUSE TO HYDE
28TH AUGUST 2010
HYDE UNITED 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston, who could only name one substitute, did not buckle despite two major setbacks early in the game. Laurie Wilson was shown a red card with only a minute gone when he was adjudged to have brought down Mooney as the Hyde player threatened to break clear. Then Hyde took the lead with 9 minutes gone. Smart's shot was turned away by Kyle Clancy only for Mooney to score from the rebound. Whalley then hit the bar and Clancy made a good save from Mooney before The Robins began to find their feet. Town almost equalised when Amari Morgan-Smith cut in from the left to unleash a tremendous shot from 25 yards that hit the bar.

Ilkeston continued to hold their own after the break and could have scored when Josh Burge got clear only to be denied by 'keeper Mawson. However, the equaliser duly came in the 51st minute when Morgan-Smith raced through the middle and was brought down for a clear penalty which he drove high into the net. Ilkeston showed great determination to hold on for the point, with Clancy making good stops from Smart and Mooney whilst Jake Picton came to their rescue with a goal line clearance. 

LUKE RETURNS TO HAUNT TOWN
30TH AUGUST 2010
ILKESTON TOWN 2 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 5
Ilkeston's heroic team, again limited to a squad of just 12 players, were ruthlessly exposed by Gainsborough. Four of Trinity's goals were scored by former Town players, the first of which came after just 3 minutes. A long ball forward was latched onto by Leon Mettam who finished with a low shot. Yet within three minutes Ilkeston were back on level terms. A superb pass by Amari Morgan-Smith found Jack Watts who scored with a composed finish. However, Gainsborough remained a threat and when Mayo's throw found McMahon his fine effort was saved by Kyle Clancy. Ilkeston then enjoyed their best spell of the game and when Ryan Clarke's cross found Gary Ricketts his point blank header was superbly saved by Barnes. Jason Lee then headed home from a corner only to have his effort disallowed, and the same player saw a shot from distance hit the side net. But it was Gainsborough who regained the lead in the 29th minute when Mayo's free kick was headed in by former Ilkeston defender Luke Waterfall. The Robins responded well, but they fell further behind on 41 minutes to another Waterfall header, this time after a James Clarke free kick.

Trinity rubbed salt in the wound when they scored again in the 55th minute. Ilkeston failed to clear following a throw in and Mettam headed in from close range. Gainsborough's fifth came just two minutes later when Louis cut in from the left to fire a low shot past Clancy. Town refused to capitulate and they pulled a goal back in the 67th minute. Substitute Darren Caskey's ball into the area was headed onto the bar by Ricketts and McMahon handled as the ball bounced down. Josh Burge scored from the spot, but Town were then hampered by an injury to Ricketts that left them with just ten men. They showed plenty of courage although Gainsborough thought they had scored a sixth when Mettam had an effort ruled out for offside.