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Ilkeston FC celebrate promotion.

2011/12 NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUR DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) FINAL TABLE

    P W D L F A Pts
1 Grantham Town 42 29 7 6 92 44 93
2 Carlton Town 42 26 5 11 101 52 83
3 ILKESTON FC 42 26 5 11 93 44 83
4 Sheffield 42 22 9 11 93 62 75
5 Leek Town 42 22 8 12 77 60 74
6 Belper Town 42 23 5 14 74 57 74
7 Stamford 42 20 8 14 77 75 68
8 Loughborough Dynamo 42 18 11 13 80 61 65
9 New Mills 42 17 12 13 79 76 63
10 Goole 42 18 8 16 72 78 62
11 Hucknall Town 42 16 9 17 54 61 57
12 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 16 7 19 72 63 55
13 Kidsgrove Athletic 42 13 16 13 62 59 55
14 Coalville Town 42 15 10 17 69 72 55
15 Newcastle Town 42 14 10 18 59 70 52
16 Market Drayton Town 42 11 14 17 61 84 47
17 Brigg Town 42 11 12 19 52 76 45
18 Lincoln United 42 10 13 19 65 85 43
19 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 10 11 21 38 55 41
20 Romulus 42 7 15 20 56 85 36
21 Quorn 42 6 9 27 48 85 27
22 Shepshed Dynamo 42 5 10 27 45 115 25

notes: Grantham Town 1 point deducted

2011/12 NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT POS ATT SCORERS
13 AUG GOOLE AFC W4-0 1 1315 WAITE, McCALL, THOMAS, FOX
16 AUG Sutton Coldfield Town L1-2 8 215 THOMAS
20 AUG Loughborough Dynamo W4-2 3 268 MAGUIRE 2, THOMAS, McCALL
22 AUG MARKET DRAYTON TOWN W1-0 3 475 RICKETTS
27 AUG KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC L1-2 483 THOMAS
29 AUG Belper Town L1-3 374 RICKETTS
10 SEP QUORN W2-0 6 484 McCALL, THOMAS
13 SEP Lincoln United W5-2 201 CASKEY 3 (2 PENS), THOMAS, R.WILSON
17 SEP Market Drayton Town W6-0 2 143 CASKEY 2 (2 PENS), McCALL, HILL, RICKETTS, WAITE 
24 SEP Sheffield W3-1 524 RICKETTS, CASKEY, WHATSIZE (OG) 
1 OCT  STAMFORD  L1-2  664  RICKETTS 
3 OCT  CARLTON TOWN  W2-0  579  L.GREEN, THOMAS 
8 OCT  Leek Town  W1-0  536  McCALL 
15 OCT  Quorn  L2-3  260  RICKETTS, WAITE 
29 OCT  ROMULUS  W4-1  506  RICKETTS 2, McCALL 2 
31 OCT  COALVILLE TOWN  D0-0  577   
7 NOV  New Mills  W3-0  161  RICKETTS 2, THOMAS 
12 NOV  Rainworth Miners Welfare  W4-1  353  HANSON (OG), RICKETTS, THOMAS 2 
19 NOV  NEWCASTLE TOWN  W3-0  571  COLTON, THOMAS, WAITE (PEN) 
23 NOV  Carlton Town  L0-2  280   
03 DEC  Stamford  W4-2  381  HILL, WATTS, REID, RICKETTS 
10 DEC  GRANTHAM TOWN  L1-3  574  WATTS 
17 DEC  Brigg Town  D1-1  143  WATTS 
26 DEC  Hucknall Town  W2-0  567  WATTS, RICKETTS 
2 JAN  BELPER TOWN  L0-1  844   
7 JAN  Shepshed Dynamo  W1-0  252  CASKEY (PEN) 
9 JAN  SHEFFIELD W4-1  514  RICKETTS, REID 3 
21 JAN  Goole AFC  L0-3  3  206   
28 JAN  LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO  D2-2  502  RICKETTS, DUNCUM 
11 FEB  Romulus  W4-0  271  WATTS, MAGUIRE, DUNCUM, REID 
18 FEB  NEW MILLS  W3-1  514  RICKETTS, DUNCUM, REID 
20 FEB  LINCOLN UNITED  W3-1  404  RICKETTS 2, THOMAS 
25 FEB  Coalville Town  D0-0  377   
27 FEB  LEEK TOWN  L3-4  457  WATTS, DUNCUM, R.WILSON 
03 MAR  Newcastle Town  W2-0  187  PARTRIDGE, RICKETTS 
10 MAR  RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE  W2-0  431  THOMAS, L.WILSON (PEN) 
17 MAR  SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN  W2-1  462  WATTS, THOMAS 
31 MAR  SHEPSHED DYNAMO  W5-0  543  WATTS, THOMAS, RICHARDS, RICKETTS, F.GREEN 
7 APR  Kidsgrove Athletic  D0-0  2  240   
9 APR  HUCKNALL TOWN  W3-1  527  L.WILSON, McCALL, WATTS 
14 APR  BRIGG TOWN  W2-0  457  RICKETTS, WATTS 
21 APR  Grantham Town  L1-2  780  DUNCUM 

2011/12 NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) PLAY-OFFS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
SF 23 APR SHEFFIELD W7-0 1068 RICKETTS, WATTS, THOMAS 2, VARLEY (OG), F.GREEN, RICHARDS
F 28 APR LEEK TOWN W2-0 1670 RICHARDS, THOMAS 


2011/12 FA TROPHY RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1QR 22 OCT BIGGLESWADE TOWN W2-0 444 COLTON, WILCOX 
2QR  5 NOV  WOODLEY SPORTS  W2-1  455  MAGUIRE, THOMAS 
3QR 26 NOV Northwich Victoria D1-1  437  WILCOX 
3QRrep 28 NOV NORTHWICH VICTORIA L1-5  530  MAGUIRE (PEN) 



2011/12 NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE CUP RESULT

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORER
1R 27 SEP Coalville Town L1-2 213 WAITE


2011/12 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
3R 13 DEC DRONFIELD TOWN W4-1 108 COLTON, PEEL, OSEI-SIRIBOUR, WAITE
QF 24 JAN  BUXTON  W3-1  197  DUNCUM, CASKEY, MAGUIRE 

NOTE: ILKESTON FC WERE DISQUALIFIED FOR FIELDING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER (SAM DUNCUM) AGAINST BUXTON.


2011/12 FRIENDLIES RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
2 JUL NOTTS COUNTY D2-2 1148 RICKETTS, THOMAS
16 JUL LINCOLN CITY L0-4 653
19 JUL Arnold Town W3-2 HILL, RICKETTS, OSEI-SIRIBOUR
23 JUL ALFRETON TOWN D1-1 400 THOMAS
26 JUL NOTTINGHAM FOREST L1-2 1286 THOMAS
30 JUL Oadby Town W2-0 THOMAS 2 (1 PEN)
3 AUG MANSFIELD TOWN 2-4A 561 DEMIDH, RICKETTS
6 AUG MICKLEOVER SPORTS D1-1   THOMAS




13TH AUGUST 2011
ILSON RULE OVER GOOLE!

ILKESTON FC 4 GOOLE AFC 0
Tyrell Waite scores Ilkeston FC's first competitive goal
Ilkeston FC made the perfect start to their life as a senior football club with an emphatic victory in this Evo-Stik League Division One (South) clash, played out in front of an impressive 1315 gate. They were lucky to be ahead by the odd goal at half-time but they turned on the style against a rapidly dispirited Goole side after the break with some exhilirating attacking football. The first goal attempt came Ilkeston's way early on when Kristian Cox's miscued shot from the edge of the area still gave 'keeper Hodgson enough concern to turn it away for a corner. And, they didn't have to wait much longer to get their historic first goal on 10 minutes. Joe Wilcox sent Daryll Thomas clear down the right and although his cross was too deep, Will McCall retrieved the situation with a clever run and low cross which was slid home by Tyrell Waite from six yards. Goole's response was a low drive by Powell which Aaron Butcher comfortably held before Thomas went on a lovely run which ended with a fierce shot that only Hodgson's palm prevented from being Ilkeston's second. However, the visitors were gradually taking control in their search for an equaliser and they almost got it when Jeff's free-kick thundered against the post and bounced off Butcher to safety. Moments later, Martin's free header from the resultant corner went wide. Martin then found room to shoot in another Goole attack but again missed the target when well placed. Ilkeston almost scored a second shortly before half-time when Hodgson raced out of his goal to thwart a break and as the ball bounced free Thomas fiercely volleyed over the empty net from 15 yards.
Ilkeston began brightly in the second half with Waite's diving header from Wilcox's cross skidding wide of the target. Then, in a swift counter attack, McCall broke clear of the Goole defence from the halfway line but slightly overran the ball which allowed Hodgson to save bravely at his feet. But McCall soon made amends in the 54th minute when he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box after Josh Hill's long pass picked him out. Ilkeston now took full control and Waite curled a lovely shot from 18 yards out just over the bar. Their pressure told on 62 minutes with another fine goal. McCall once again had the beating of the Goole defence and his perfect cross was headed gleefully into the net from 8 yards by Thomas. Six minutes later they scored again when Liam Green's cross from the left following a lovely passing move initiated by Ryan Wilson bounced perfectly for the onrushing Cox to head past Hodgson at the far post. Ilkeston then took their foot off the gas and Goole were able to go in search of a consolation goal with Allott heading wide from a good position. Powell also dragged a shot wide although the Robins could have scored again moments earlier when Wilcox made a fine burst into the area from the right before shooting into the side net. Before that a fine one-two between Adam Colton and Thomas ended with the former striking a low drive from 12 yards which Hodgson did well to save. Another fine run by Wilcox two minutes from time ought to have produced a fifth but when he was brought down Thomas' resultant penalty kick was the right height for the 'keeper who dived the right way to turn it behind for a corner. But this was a minor blemish on an outstanding second half display by the new club.
Daryll Thomas heads in the third
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Adam Colton, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Kristian Cox (15.Josh Wisdom[78]), 8.Liam Green, 9.Daryll Thomas, 10.Tyrell Waite (14.Darren Caskey[76]), 11.Will McCall (16.Andrew Osei-Siribour[83]). sub not used: 12.Dan Partridge

16TH AUGUST 2011
NO ARTIFICIAL SCORE

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN 2 ILKESTON FC 1
The Robins were brought down to earth with a bump on Sutton Coldfield's artificial pitch and they could have had no complaints about the result. Once the home side got their noses in front when Jones' 16th minute pass opened up Ilkeston's defence for Bellingham to fire home a low shot the result was never in serious doubt. On 28 minutes Sutton and Bellingham scored again when the striker pounced on a long punt over Ilkeston's disorientated defence. Aaron Butcher was then called upon to save an overhead kick by Costello before the same player got in the way of a Dodd shot as the ball ran free.
Ilkeston changed tactics after the break by moving the out-of-sorts Ryan Wilson into midfield from left-back but there was little change to the flow of the game until Daryll Thomas headed them a lifeline on 65 minutes from Joe Wilcox' fierce cross. But despite this boost it was Sutton who almost increased their lead with a Lennon header that struck the bar. It was only during the closing stages when Ilkeston began to play anything like their best, but it was too little too late. Thomas went close with a shot which was blocked and a header that flew over whilst a good pass by substitute Darren Caskey picked out Tyrell Waite but 'keeper Cooper kept out shot. 
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Ryan Wilson (14.Darren Caskey[81]), 4.Adam Colton (16.Andrew Osei-Siribour[81]), 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Kristian Cox (12.Dan Partridge[46]), 8.Liam Green, 9.Daryll Thomas, 10.Tyrell Waite, 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 15.Josh Wisdom GK.Ryan Swift 

20TH AUGUST 2011
JOE'S JOY TAKES A KNOCK

LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO 2 ILKESTON FC 4
Ilkeston were far from their best in an evenly contested game but scored goals at crucial times to earn their first away win. They had the benefit of flying into a third minute lead when Joe Maguire pounced onto Gary Ricketts' knock down to blast a stunning 25 yard shot screaming into the corner of the net. Josh Hill then had a header saved by Mann-Kler but the Robins' early promise faded and Loughborough came into the game. A low shot by Langham went straight to Aaron Butcher and when Ilkeston failed to clear a corner a Grocutt drive caused problems. It was no surprise then when the home side equalised on 33 minutes. Ilkeston couldn't fully clear a corner and when the ball fell to Morgan on the edge of the box he scored with a stunning volley. Yet, five minutes later, Ilkeston regained the lead. Will McCall was brought down following a tricky run and although Mann-Kler saved Maguire's spot kick the Ilkeston man was able to slam home the rebound. Maguire played little further part because a knee injury forced his withdrawal as half-time approached, a spell which saw Loughborough coming close to equalising again. Butcher saved well from Langham's shot and Way fired wide from a good position.
Way wasted another opportunity by dragging the ball off wide shortly after half-time and Ilkeston knew they needed another goal if they were going to win the game. Sure enough, it came on 58 minutes soon after Ricketts had headed a McCall cross over the bar. Adam Colton's ball put Daryll Thomas in the clear and he finished in clinical fashion. However, Loughborough refused to lie down and got themselves back into the game. An error by Joe Wilcox led to the ball falling to Way who made amends for earlier misses by despatching the ball past Butcher in the 64th minute. The match was now in the balance. Ricketts had a header cleared off the line whilst Way blazed over the bar at the other end. Loughborough substitute Stevenson then glanced a good chance wide before Ilkeston scored the killer fourth on 78 minutes. A corner caused confusion in the Loughborough defence and when the ball ran free to McCall he lashed the ball powerfully into the net from 15 yards. Thomas twice went close to adding further goals in the dying minutes when he headed over from close range and had a shot turned over the bar as he cut in from the right, but it was only during these stages that Ilkeston looked remotely comfortable.    
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Dan Partridge (12.James Cullingworth[59]), 4.Adam Colton, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Joe Maguire (15.Ryan Wilson[42]) (14.Darren Caskey[82]), 8.Liam Green, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 16.Tyrell Waite, GK.Ryan Swift

22ND AUGUST 2011
RICKETTS NICKS IT

ILKESTON FC 1 MARKET DRAYTON TOWN 0
The Robins deservedly won a game they dominated but it was not until the 82nd minute that they finally made the pressure count. Market Drayton were rarely seen as an attacking force but they defended doggedly, at times with a bit of luck, and could even have sneaked a goal or two before Gary Ricketts' late winner. Indeed, the visitors were the first to show with Reynolds volleying harmlessly over after a rare error of judgement by the otherwise impressive Josh Hill. Ilkeston came closer to scoring when Joe Wilcox' deep cross was met full on the volley by Will McCall and his effort flew narrowly past Ricketts' outstretched boot and the far post. Daryll Thomas forced two saves from Pryce, McCall shot well wide after a surging run, and Price tipped a good low shot by Adam Colton round the post as the Robins continued to press. However, the clearest chance fell to Market Drayton's Rogers who had a free header 8 yards out but he could only direct it straight to Aaron Butcher. McCall then forced a save from Pryce but that was his last action of note as he was soon stretchered off with a groin injury. Replacement Russell Peel's misplaced dipping cross forced Pryce to tip the ball over the bar and Thomas blasted over from 20 yards as Ilkeston continued without success to take a first half lead.

The Robins continued from where they left off after the break with Ricketts going close and Josh Hill missing the target by a whisker with a header from a corner. Market Drayton issued a warning when Davies' header from a left wing corner clipped the bar but it was a rare venture into the Ilkeston half. Ilkeston were having almost all of the posession but the final ball was too often going astray as frustration began to creep in. But they kept plugging away with Peel going on a good run before shooting too high from the edge of the area. Ellis fired a spectacular volleyed cross-shot into the side net at the other end but the Robins' pressure was almost constant. Finally on 82 minutes, when Liam Green's right wing corner was cleared back to him he curled a low cross towards the near post which Pryce failed to gather cleanly and the ball dropped to Ricketts who stabbed it home from close range. There were no late scares for Ilkeston as they continued to control the closing stages and clinch a hard earned victory.   
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Adam Colton, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Kristian Cox (15.Darren Caskey [78]), 8.Liam Green, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Will McCall (12.Russell Peel [31]). subs not used: 14.Tyrell Waite, 16.Josh Wisdom, GK.Ryan Swift

27TH AUGUST 2011
ILSON IN GROVE DANGER

ILKESTON FC 1 KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC 2
An open game saw both teams going out for victory. Ilkeston had enough possession to have earned something from the game but the visitors created the clearer chances as the Robins' defensive frailties were exposed. The first shooting opportunity fell to the visitors' Urwin who directed his effort straight at Aaron Butcher. It took time for Ilkeston to create anything of note before Gary Ricketts sliced a shot off target after Russell Peel's cross fell to him. Kidsgrove had a great chance to take the lead on a quick break led by Kinsey and Davidson but when the ball reached the dangerous Walker his first effort was turned away by Butcher and his follow up went over the bar. Daryll Thomas twice tested Kidsgrove 'keeper Hodgson with good strikes before Walker again wasted a golden opportunity at the other end. He rounded Butcher but his shot from a narrow angle struck the far post, and when the ball reached Davidson his shot was blocked by Dan Partridge to prevent an almost certain goal. The Robins ended the first half with a Ricketts volley which Hodgson turned away.

Ilkeston wasted no time in racing into a 47th minute lead. Partridge sent the ball forward to Ricketts who held up the ball before laying the ball into the path of Thomas who scored with a sublime shot from the edge of the box past the wrong-footed 'keeper. Apart from a good save from Butcher to deny Walker, Ilkeston enjoyed a spell of strong pressure which almost resulted in a goal, Hodgson pulling off a fine save from Ricketts' superb overhead kick. Yet Kidsgrove drew level on 54 minutes due to a dreadful defensive error. Davidson's cross was completely missed by Josh Hill and the ball was gleefully smashed into the net from 12 yards by the completely unmarked Walker. Another mistake then allowed Urwin to break clear but Hill made amends with a tackle which did enough to prevent him from beating the onrushing Butcher. When Butcher was left hopelessly exposed and out of his goal again, Walker managed to take the ball past him but the angle was too tight and the shot went wide of the far post. A powerful Kinsey strike was turned over the bar by Butcher when Kidsgrove caught Ilkeston on the break again, and it was no surprise when they got the winner in the 76th minute. Another quick counter attack down the right by Davidson led to a crossfield pass to Dove whose first effort was saved by Butcher but he made no mistake from the rebound. The Robins threw players forward in the closing stages and Ricketts was unlucky to hit the outside of the post with a header from a Darren Caskey cross. However, there was always the danger of a goal at the other end and Butcher had to tip over an Urwin shot. Ilkeston felt that they should have had a penalty when Ricketts was pushed while going up for a header on the edge of the area but a free-kick, which Caskey drove into the wall, was awarded instead. Then, deep into stoppage time, the impressive Hodgson but made a fine double save, beating out powerful shots by substitutes Tom Colclough and Caskey to ensure Kidsgrove got the three points they deserved.   
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Adam Colton, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Dan Partridge, 7.Kristian Cox (16.Tom Colclough [58]), 8.Liam Green (15.Tyrell Waite [83], 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11. Russell Peel (14.Darren Caskey [70]). subs not used: 12.Adam Burton, GK.Ryan Swift

29TH AUGUST 2011
MORRIS DANCES THROUGH ILSON

BELPER TOWN 3 ILKESTON FC 1
Gary Ricketts fires Ilkeston into the lead.
Ilkeston were left wondering how they managed to lose a local derby they dominated for long spells but the simple answer was poor play in both penalty areas. As a result Belper were able to claim three points, thanks to two goals from Lee Morris, and scored three times from their only four serious goal attempts. The Robins dominated the opening stages and when Tyrell Waite cut in from the left his shot was turned away by 'keeper Richmond just out of the way of Gary Ricketts. It was Ricketts who gave the Robins the lead on 21 minutes when he fired in off the post from the edge of the box following persistent work by Adam Colton. Richmond then pushed away a Daryll Thomas strike before Belper set the alarm bells ringing, a 25 yard free kick by Simmons hitting the Ilkeston bar. Moments later, in the 34th minute, a dreadful backpass by Joe Wilcox let in Froggatt who squared the ball to Morris for a simple goal with Aaron Butcher stranded, to level the scores. Darren Caskey and Ricketts came close to restoring the advantage for Ilkeston but it was Belper who took the lead a minute before the break when Simmons flicked the ball to Morris who finished well. The Robins almost equalised on the half time whistle with a Ricketts overhead kick that struck the post.

Ilkeston continued to push forward after half time and Colton's 20 yard shot flew narrowly wide. The equaliser almost came when Richmond made a mess of Waite's low cross but McGee was able to scramble the ball off the line. Within a minute the home side scored the killer third goal. Meikle broke clear and was brought down by Butcher, who was fortunate to escape a red card, for a clear penalty. Froggatt duly despatched the 67th minute spot kick. Any hopes Ilkeston had of salvaging the game faded when substitute Josh Wisdom fired over the bar from a good position in the closing stages.  
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.James Cullingworth (16.Russell Peel [90]), 4.Adam Colton (14.Tom Colclough [77]), 5.Josh Hill, 6.Dan Partridge, 7.Tyrell Waite (15.Josh Wisdom [77]), 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Liam Green. subs not used: 12.Adam Burton, GK.Ryan Swift

10TH SEPTEMBER 2011
ILKESTON MAKE MINCEMEAT OF QUORN

ILKESTON FC 2 QUORN 0
The Robins were far from their best but the victory was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested after Ilkeston improved following an uneasy opening half. Had they converted just a few more of the chances they created they would have run riot, although the end of their losing streak was of greater significance. The first chance fell to Will McCall early on when he cut in from the right and shot but ex Ilkeston Town 'keeper Matt Nurse turned it away. A Darren Caskey free-kick was glanced wide of the post by Daryll Thomas before Quorn began to cause anxious moments in Ilkeston's defence. A nice move involving Richards and Kris Nurse set up a great chance for Law but he fluffed the chance in front of goal. Then Nurse fired in a low angled drive which Aaron Butcher tipped onto the far post and the ball bounced to safety. Ilkeston came back with a Russell Peel header which cleared the bar from another Caskey free kick before Robinson's shot was comfortably saved by Butcher at the other end. Thomas came close to breaking the deadlock with a flicked header from a McCall cross which just missed the target. Ilkeston then got the crucial opener on 29 minutes with a lovely goal by McCall who made space for himself before firing in a low drive into the far corner from 25 yards. There were few efforts of note during the rest of the first half and those came from the visitors. Nurse's powerfully struck shot was just too high and wide, and Butcher had to be alert to race out to thwart Richards after a mix up at the back.

However, Ilkeston gradually seized control after the break. Ironically, the first chance fell Quorn's way when Butcher saved Nurse's well struck shot but soon the opportunities came thick and fast at the other end. Thomas turned smartly only to volley over from 12 yards, and then the same player broke into the area from the right but his powerfully struck effort smacked against the near post. Thomas then had a header saved before McCall came desperately close to a brilliant second goal when he cut in from the right to send a dipping 20 yard shot against the top of the bar. Gary Ricketts then fired just off target but Ilkeston finally got the second goal they deserved on 83 minutes. A long ball over the top down the inside right channel released Thomas who calmly took the ball into the box before firing across the advancing Nurse and into the corner. With the Robins in complete control they came close to adding further goals in the dying minutes when both Peel and Tyrell Waite fired similar efforts just wide of the post.
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Dan Partridge (14.Ryan Wilson [46]), 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Russell Peel, 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (15.Tyrell Waite [86]), 11.Will McCall (16.Andrew Osei-Siribour [85]). subs not used: 12.Lawrence Zisaruk-Gibson, 17.Tom Colclough

13TH SEPTEMBER 2011
ROBINS A DIFFERENT CASS
LINCOLN UNITED 2 ILKESTON FC 5
A stunning first half show by Ilkeston, led by Darren Caskey who scored his first goal for the Robins and went on to complete a hat-trick, brought them the goal fest that they had been promising for some time. It was pretty much one way traffic from the moment Gary Ricketts had a header saved by Turner following a Russell Peel centre in the opening minutes. Daryll Thomas then headed a Will McCall cross over and Ilkeston had to wait until the 25th minute before finally going in front, McCall's cross being headed home by Caskey at the far post. Two minutes later, Reddington fouled Ricketts as they went for another McCall cross and Caskey converted from the spot to make it two. Ricketts just failed to connect with yet another dangerous McCall cross but Ilkeston scored again on 40 minutes, McCall squaring the ball inside for Thomas to slide home from close range. Lincoln had barely posed a threat apart from Smith's blocked free kick and a looping effort by Hempenstall yet they managed to pull a goal back two minutes before the break. A cross caused confusion in the box and eventually Hempenstall was able to drill the ball past Aaron Butcher. Ilkeston went back onto the attack and Caskey had a shot blocked, and then on the stroke of half time he completed his hat-trick. Peel was fouled in the area as he looked to get in a cross and the resultant penalty was despatched past Turner.

The Robins continued from where they left off after the break. Peel volleyed wide and Ricketts' shot was blocked by Turner, yet it was Lincoln who scored the next goal in the 64th minute. Smith's turner was turned goalwards by substitute Leveritt and the ball entered the net via Ricketts. But Ilkeston were not about to crumble. McCall's long range volley wasn't far away and Liam Green had a shot blocked before Reddington was sent off for a second bookable offence when he fouled McCall. The fifth goal duly arrived eight minutes from time when Ryan Wilson let fly from fully 30 yards and the ball flew into the top corner. Now in complete control the Robins could have scored again but Thomas' effort flew over the bar, and in the end they had to settle for an excellent 5-2 win.  
Line Up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Russell Peel, 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 14.Laurence Zisarus-Gibson, 15.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 16.Tyrell Waite, GK.Aaron Butcher

17TH SEPTEMBER 2011
ILKESTON'S GOT SIX APPEAL

MARKET DRAYTON TOWN 0 ILKESTON FC 6
Ilkeston completed the double over Market Drayton with remarkable ease and they showed a ruthless streak which had been missing from many of the early season matches. The Robins took just two minutes to take the lead when Russell Peel's burst down the left led to a trip and Darren Caskey converted from the spot. Gary Ricketts had a goal ruled out for pushing before he fired wide following a good cross from Will McCall. Ben Gathercole made a fine stop to keep out a Porter effort in one of his few moments of serious action throughout the game. Ryan Wilson then sent an effort into the side net before Ilkeston finally managed a second on 38 minutes, another Caskey penalty, when the referee spotted an infringement in the aftermath of an excellent McCall cross. Two minutes later, McCall made it three when he cut inside to fire home following good work between Liam Green and Ricketts. The Robins could easily have added further goals before half time but Ricketts twice headed wide from crosses by James Cullingworth and McCall.

Ilkeston remained in comfortable control after the break but had to wait until 65 minutes for the fourth. Darren Caskey's corner was helped on by Andrew Osei-Siribour and Josh Hill headed home at the near post. Another Caskey corner led to the Robins' fifth when Ricketts fired in a low shot on 84 minutes, and three minutes later Tyrell Waite rounded off an excellent afternoon by netting the sixth.
Line Up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Russell Peel, 8.Darren Caskey (14.Adam Colton [85]), 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Tyrell Waite [82]), 11.Will McCall (15.Andrew Osei-Siribour [54]). subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, GK.Aaron Butcher

24TH SEPTEMBER 2011
SHEFF COOKED

SHEFFIELD 1 ILKESTON FC 3
Darren Caskey strikes the superb winning goal.
The Robins beat league leaders Sheffield to climb to the summit themselves with a resolute performance against strong opposition. Ilkeston controlled the early stages without creating a serious chance, and then the home side gradually came more into it. However, a dangerous tackle by Sheffield's Varley on Will McCall in the 28th minute gave the referee little option but to issue a red card. The game remained even for the remainder of the first half and, if anything, the sending off made Sheffield doubly determined. Indeed, they took the lead on 42 minutes when one of a number of dangerous Roney corners was headed home by Hadfield.

Ilkeston came out in determined fashion after the break hoping to create the clear cut chances that they had failed to produce in the first half. In one extraordinary spell of pressure, Sheffield 'keeper Whatsize pulled off a tremendous triple save to keep out drives by Gary Ricketts and Russell Peel and a header by Ricketts, and soon after Darren Caskey curled a free kick against the bar. The pressure finally told and the equaliser came on 67 minutes. James Cullingworth's cross from the right was headed into the danger area by Andrew Osei-Siribour and Ricketts rose to nod home from close range. Two minutes later Ilkeston got their noses in front for the first time when a neat move down the right involving Liam Green saw the ball come inside to Darren Caskey who planted a lovely low shot into the corner from 25 yards. The goal stung Sheffield back into life and they went close on a couple of occasions but they were rocked by a killer controversial third goal on 73 minutes. A long ball forward was headed by Hadfield over his own onrushing 'keeper and although Whatsize managed to scramble back to gather the ball the momentum took him over the line. Whatsize claimed that he had been pushed over the line by the pursuing Ricketts. Sheffield tried to find a way back but Ilkeston looked strong at the back and indeed the Robins could have added a fourth in the final minute when Will McCall broke into the area but his angled shot flew past the far post.
Sheffield 'keeper Whatsize disputes Ilkeston's third goal as Gary Ricketts celebrates.
Line Up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Russell Peel (15.Andrew Osei-Siribour [66]), 8.Darren Caskey (14.Adam Colton [87]), 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Tyrell Waite [86]), 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, GK.Aaron Butcher

27TH SEPTEMBER 2011
MOORE THE MERRIER

COALVILLE TOWN 2 ILKESTON FC 1 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston gave opportunities to several fringe players but their efforts went unrewarded as they were knocked out of the league cup at the first stage. The Robins struggled during the first half and Coalville deservedly went in at the break with a one goal lead scored by Matt Moore on 32 minutes.
A much improved second half display led to an Ilkeston equaliser in the 69th minute when Tyrell Waite clipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper for a well taken goal. But their hopes were dashed ten minutes from time when Josh Hill's poor back pass left Aaron Butcher stranded and Moore grabbed his second of the night. Ilkeston pushed forward during the closing stages but the home side were denied three times by fine Butcher saves as they caught Ilkeston on the break.
Line Up: 1.Aaron Butcher, 2.Dan Partridge, 3.Callum Williamson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Laurence Zisaruk-Gibson, 7.Joe Wilcox (14.Ryan Wilson [85]), 8.Adam Colton (16.James Cullingworth [85]), 9.Josh Wisdom (12.Russell Peel [55]), 10.Tyrell Waite, 11.Andrew Osei-Siribour. subs not used: 15.Tom Colclough, 17.Robinson

1ST OCTOBER 2011
ARCHER TAKES A BOW

ILKESTON FC 1 STAMFORD 2
On loan teenage Stamford 'keeper Alex Archer, who was destined to become a future Ilkeston player, denied the Robins with a string of superb saves in the second half. Behind at the break Ilkeston turned up the heat after half time but despite creating enough openings to have won the game they ended up the beaten side and lost their place at the top of the table as a result. The first real chance of the game came Ilkeston's way when Daryll Thomas broke clear in the left side of the area but he failed to make a proper contact with his shot and Archer was left with a comfortable save. The miss proved to be costly because Stamford soon took the lead. On 16 minutes Stamford's move down the right ended with Mullarkey running across the face of the area before firing home a low left foot drive. King's header went straight at Ilkeston 'keeper Ben Gathercole as the visitors continued in business-like fashion. However, Ilkeston came close to equalising when Archer beat out Russell Peel's close range header, and soon after Gary Ricketts was released by Ryan Wilson but he chose to cross when a shot may have been the best option and the chance was gone. The Robins felt that they should have had a penalty when Peel was clattered in a race for the ball by Archer but the referee ignored their appeals. The half ended with Archer making a comfortable save from Will McCall's 20 yard shot.

Ilkeston came out in determined mood after the break and a Wilson shot from 25 yards flew past the post. In a rare Stamford break Gathercole had to keep out King's low shot but the Robins continued to press hard. Substitute Andrew Osei-Siribour sent over a superb cross from the right but Archer came to Stamford's rescue by brilliantly turning Ricketts' powerful header over the bar. Yet in the 71st minute Stamford doubled their lead against the run of play when a slick move ended with Beeson cutting in from the left to fire home a low shot past Gathercole. Ilkeston then threw everything at Stamford but found Archer was in inspired form. Ricketts angled drive on the run was well tipped over by the 'keeper before the Ilkeston player gave them hope in the 76th minute. Ricketts broke clear and coolly rounded the stranded Archer to knock the ball into the empty net from close range. An equaliser seemed imminent as the pressure continued to mount but Archer made a fine diving save to keep out a Darren Caskey free kick and then Ricketts had a close range header from a Caskey corner ruled out for an infringement. Archer next kept out another Caskey free kick with a decent save to his left but he saved his best until injury time. Caskey's third free kick in the last ten minutes seemed to be destined for the top corner until the flying 'keeper's outstretched hand touched the ball over the bar. Moments later the final whistle went and Alex Archer left the pitch to warm applause from the disappointed Ilkeston fans.
Line Up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill (16.Tyrell Waite [89]), 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Russell Peel (15.Andrew Osei-Siribour [54]), 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 14.Adam Colton, 17.Joe Wilcox

3RD OCTOBER 2011
GREEN'S GIANT STRIKE LEADS TO ROBINS VICTORY

ILKESTON FC 2 CARLTON TOWN 0
After almost falling behind in the first minute when a Hall header hit the bar Ilkeston recovered to win comfortably without being at their best. It took just 8 minutes for the opening goal to come. Gary Ricketts' cross was cleared to the edge of the box where Liam Green was waiting to crash the ball into the top corner past the static Marshall. Ricketts tried his luck with an overhead kick that just cleared the bar and then Daryll Thomas missed a great chance when he volleyed over from close range. Ryan Wilson then fed Ricketts whose shot was turned away by Marshall who then saved a Wilson shot following a Will McCall cross. Hawkridge then tried his luck from distance at the other end but his effort was too high. A misdirected cross by McCall almost ended in the net before Marshall's timely intervention and Joe Wilcox headed narrowly over from a Darren Caskey corner as Ilkeston continued to have most of the play as half time approached.

Carlton began the second half encouragingly with Hall shooting just wide, the same player heading off target from a Hawkridge cross soon after. But Ilkeston were soon back in the driver's seat with McCall cutting inside after being fed by Wilson but he shot wide of the post. However, they doubled their advantage on the hour when Russell Cooke's perfect pass put Thomas in the clear and he coolly slid the ball home. With Ilkeston now firmly in control Ricketts headed a Caskey corner wide and Wilson saw his shot blocked by Marshall after being released by Thomas. Kitchen and Neil Grayson both saw efforts miss the target when Carlton made rare attacking moves of note as Ilkeston were in the comfort zone. Wilson tried to make it three late on but his long range shot cleared the bar.
Line Up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Will McCall, 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Tyrell Waite [81]), 11.Ryan Wilson. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 14.Adam Colton, 15.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 17.Russell Peel 

8TH OCTOBER 2011
LEEK PLUGGED

LEEK TOWN 0 ILKESTON FC 1
Ilkeston deservedly won a hard fought encounter played on a difficult, slippery surface but they were pushed all the way by a strong Leek team. Excellent defensive work by the Robins kept Leek opportunities to a minimum and they always looked the more dangerous in a game of few chances. The first chance fell to Leek's Michael Thomas who volleyed over following a corner but any other openings in the first half came Ilkeston's way. Sadly, well struck shots including two by Ryan Wilson and another from Liam Green all cleared the bar by some distance. Daryll Thomas then found Will McCall whose low shot was saved by Roberts and the 'keeper somehow managed to deflect another McCall shot past the post as half time approached.

Russell Cooke did well to block a McCarthy shot as Leek began the second half on the attack but the game soon became scrappy. Leek's only clear cut chance of note came when a Cooke error allowed Gibson to run in on goal but Ben Gathercole did well to come out to block the shot. And it was Ilkeston who won the game on 79 minutes when Gary Ricketts won the ball in the area and as confusion reigned the ball ran kindly for McCall to prod home from close range. The Robins could have doubled their lead in the closing stages when McCall put substitute Tyrell Waite clear but his shot from a narrow angle went wide of the far post.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Will McCall, 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Tyrell Waite [76]), 11.Ryan Wilson (12.Dan Partridge [46]). subs not used: 14.Adam Colton, 15.Andrew Osei-Siribour, GK.Aaron Butcher

15TH OCTOBER 2011
ROBINS CRASH AT LOWLY QUORN

QUORN 3 ILKESTON FC 2
Bottom of the table Quorn registered their first win of the season against a woeful Ilkeston team who served up easily their worst performance to date. Everything that could go wrong for the Robins did so but the misfortune was entirely of their own making. Ilkeston failed to take a grip against a Quorn team whose enthusiasm outstripped their ability and the match was a dull affair with little constructive football on offer despite the number of goals. The home team took the lead as early as the fifth minute when a cross from the left found Robinson in space and his well struck shot from 12 yards gave Ben Gathercote no chance. Ilkeston responded with a neat move involving Ryan Wilson and Gary Ricketts which ended with Wilson firing narrowly over from angle but they struggled to stamp their authority. Richards' low shot at the other end brought a comfortable save from Gathercole before Ilkeston suddenly drew level on 28 minutes. Josh Hill's long free kick put Ricketts in the clear and he cleverly lobbed former Ilkeston Town 'keeper Matt Nurse from the left hand side of the box to find the target. Dudfield tried to restore Quorn's lead but blasted a decent chance over as the home side ended a poor first half looking the better of the two teams.

Ilkeston began the second half brightly with Ricketts having a shot blocked and Hill's header was cleared off the line by Marriott. Ricketts then created a great chance for Daryll Thomas and Nurse did well to block the shot. Then Liam Green had a great chance when Thomas neatly laid the ball inside but he scuffed his 12 yard shot and the ball was cleared. However, the Robins ran out of steam and ideas and gradually Quorn took control. Robinson's corner was headed narrowly wide by Mathews before they took a 71st minute lead. A fine burst by Richards set up Kris Nurse who fired home from 10 yards. Wilson came close to an equaliser soon after when a cross found him close to the corner of the six yard box but he fired narrowly over the angle. Then, on 86 minutes, Ilkeston grabbed an equaliser they scarcely deserved. Substitute Andrew Osei-Siribour's right wing cross found Tyrell Waite at the far post who bundled his header home from six yards. However, drama was soon to follow when 'keeper Ben Gathercote reacted badly to a shove in the back and was sent off for retalliation leaving Ilkeston with ten men. As all their substitutes had been used Gary Ricketts had to go in goal and Ilkeston were put under severe pressure in the closing minutes. Suarez flashed a header wide and Ricketts did well to beat away a powerful shot by Kris Nurse. But with 94 minutes on the clock Quorn got the winner they deserved when Nurse had time to pick his spot and fire past the stranded stand-in to leave the Robins beaten with only themselves to blame.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.Dan Partridge (14.Andrew Osei-Siribour [63]), 3.James Cullingworth, 4.Liam Green (15.Tyrell Waite [73]), 5.Josh Hill, 6.Callum Williamson, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Darren Caskey (12.Adam Colton [80]), 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Ryan Wilson. subs not used: 16.Russell Peel, GK. Aaron Butcher. 

22ND OCTOBER 2011
WILCOX SINKS THE WADERS

ILKESTON FC 2 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 0 (FA TROPHY FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston won their first ever FA Trophy tie with reasonable comfort against a decent Biggleswade team pushing hard for promotion from the Southern League Midland Division. Joe Wilcox came close to scoring inside the first minute when he cut inside from the right but 'keeper Bull did well to keep out his shot. Gary Ricketts twice narrowly missed the target after being set up by Daryll Thomas before Biggleswade first had a real effort at goal, a shot by Fuller going harmlessly wide. The Robins were rarely troubled but struggled to find a way through until the 43rd minute when they finally got their noses in front. Wilcox saw his shot blocked and the ball ran free to Adam Colton who made no mistake with a fine shot from the edge of the box.

Biggleswade showed greater ambition after the break but Ilkeston defended well and 'keeper Ben Gathercole was effective when called upon. He wasn't troubled by an O'Brien shot but he had to be at this best to turn away a Gilroy strike. The Robins needed another goal to be safe and substitute Tyrell Waite instigated it in the 85th minute with a fine run and low cross which reached Wilcox who thumped the ball home. Biggleswade had a Donnelly header ruled out for offside in time added on and there was no way back for the visitors.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson (12.Dan Partridge [90]), 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (14.Tyrell Waite), 11.Russell Peel. subs not used: 15.Ashley Robinson, 16.Josh Wisdom, GK.Aaron Butcher

29TH OCTOBER 2011
RICKETTS RAMS ROMS

ILKESTON FC 4 ROMULUS 1
Three goals during the closing stages of the game saw Ilkeston return to the top of the table. They were worthy winners but Romulus enjoyed some good spells and the final score flattered the Robins. Ilkeston began well with Daryll Thomas firing off target twice and it was the same player whose 10th minute cross from the right led to the opening goal, Gary Ricketts netting with a diving header. The Robins' Dimitar Ebritov, making his debut in goal, twice denied Johnson as Romulus started to settle before Thomas forced Jay to turn his effort to safety. Ricketts could easily have doubled Ilkeston's lead but he headed Russell Peel's cross into Jay's arms and then Thomas burst into the area but his shot clipped the post. As Ilkeston ended the half strongly a Ricketts cross led to Adam Colton getting in a shot which brought a good stop from Jay.
Gary Ricketts dives to head home Ilkeston's early opener.

Thomas tried his luck a couple of times early in the second half to no avail, including a difficult volley which flew over the top, but the Robins were making little headway going forward. This proved costly on 68 minutes when a cross eventually reached Walker outside the area and his shot took a huge deflection to give Evtimov no chance. Romulus' joy was short lived, however and Ilkeston regained the lead in the 70th minute. Colton's deep corner from the left was beautifully headed by Ricketts past Jay's right hand. They had a scare minutes later when Evtimov first did well to tip over a Johnson shot and from the corner he managed to parry Robinson's close range header to safety. However, Ilkeston made certain of victory two minutes from time when the ball sat up nicely for substitute Will McCall to fire in a low left foot volley from the edge of the area which the despairing Jay couldn't keep out. The score took on an emphatic look in stoppage time when substitute Tyrell Waite went on a fine run and cut the ball back for McCall to score the simplest of chances from point blank range.
Line up: 1.Dimitar Evtimov, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (14.Tyrell Waite [85]), 11.Russell Peel (15.Will McCall [80]). subs not used: 12.Darren Caskey, 16.Joe Maguire, GK.Aaron Butcher

31ST OCTOBER 2011
DIMI-TA

ILKESTON FC 0 COALVILLE TOWN 0
Ilkeston had Dimitar Evtimov to thank as his string of fine saves saved them from defeat. The Robins struggled to impose themselves upon a well organised Coalville team who created the better chances and made life difficult. As a result Ilkeston failed to score for the first time in their history and recorded their first ever draw. The opening chance fell to former Ilkeston trialist Karl Demidh whose fine run ended with a low shot which didn't trouble Evtimov. Ilkeston's first effort of note was a Will McCall shot which cleared the bar following a fine forward burst by Joe Wilcox. Parker ought to have scored at the other end when a corner caused confusion but the ball went just over the angle, and then Carney's shot on the turn from the edge of the box just cleared the bar. A poor clearance by Evtimov shortly before half time fell invitingly for Moore but the 'keeper was able to recover and save the shot from distance.

Ilkeston began the second half looking sharper and 'keeper Bowles did well to hold a Gary Ricketts header from a Wilcox cross. But soon Coalville were back on the offensive. Evtimov held Demidh's long range shot, Carney headed narrowly wide and Moore sliced an effort over the top. Roulston then headed straight at Evtimov following a corner before the 'keeper produced an excellent block to keep out a powerfully struck shot by the unmarked Moore from 12 yards. Evtimov then had to dive full length to keep out Woodward's strike when a free kick was only partly cleared. In the dying minutes Coalville's last chance fell to Roulston from a corner but his misdirected header flew across the face of the goal. 
Line up: 1.Dimitar Evtimov, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Adam Colton (14.Darren Caskey [64], 16.Russell Peel [74]), 9.Gary Ricketts (15.Tyrell Waite [55]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Will McCall. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, GK.Aaron Butcher. 

5TH NOVEMBER 2011
DIMITAR GOES OUT WITH A BANG

ILKESTON FC 2 WOODLEY SPORTS 1 (FA TROPHY SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND)
Ilkeston edged their way through to the third qualifying round but their passage was guaranteed only by the excellent goalkeeping by Dimitar Evtimov whose saves kept the Robins in the game. Woodley produced the better football for much of the game and they dominated the opening exchanges despite Daryll Thomas getting in a shot which flew well over. Stephenson's strike for Woodley was also off target before Ilkeston created a decent opportunity, Joe Wilcox heading just wide from a Joe Maguire cross. Ilkeston began to settle with both Gary Ricketts and Maguire having headers saved by Higginbotham but Woodley remained lively with Stephenson firing narrowly wide. On 32 minutes they deservedly took the lead when Stephenson had time to shoot powerfully from just outside the box and Marsden was on hand for a simple finish when Evtimov could only parry. Yet the Robins were back on level terms within five minutes when James Cullingworth's curling free-kick from the right was delightfully headed into the far corner by Maguire.

Woodley began the second half strongly when Stephenson poked a shot wide following a threatening run and the same player cracked a powerful shot into the side net when he cut inside from the left. Dorney's measured chip then brought a spectacular diving save from Evtimov and the 'keeper did even better tip over a fierce Furnival drive. However, on 66 minutes, the Robins took the lead against the run of play. Evtimov's long clearance was flicked on by Ricketts and Thomas raced through for a calm finish. Woodley responded with Stephenson going close on a couple of occasions although substitute Tyrell Waite almost made the game safe when he broke clear with a fine run, Higginbotham doing well to beat away his shot. The final few minutes saw Woodley throwing caution to the wind but they were twice denied by superb Evtimov saves, the second of which from a Mather first time shot being a reflex save of the highest order.  
Line up: 1.Dimitar Evtimov, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox (12.Dan Partridge), 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (15.Tyrell Waite), 11.Russell Peel (14.Ashley Robinson). subs not used: 16.Josh Wisdom, 17.Danny James

7TH NOVEMBER 2011
ROBINS PROVIDE NEW THRILLS

NEW MILLS 0 ILKESTON FC 3
An excellent first show by Ilkeston with attacking flair matched by rugged defensive work ensured them of a comfortable three points. Their early dominance led to a 19th minute opener when Daryll Thomas pulled the ball back for Gary Ricketts to score from close range. New Mills then had their best spell of the game. Horrocks' powerful long range shot tested Ben Gathercole who then produced an excellent save to keep out Meakin's fierce low shot. Gathercole then exceeded his past efforts with a remarkable save to keep out Stott's header. However, the Robins doubled their lead on 42 minutes when Joe Maguire's effort from a corner found the net with Ricketts claiming a touch as the ball went through. The game was put to bed on the stroke of half-time when a defensive error allowed Thomas to break clear and round 'keeper Coates for a simple but well taken finish.

New Mills had a chance to reduce the arrears early in the second half but Meakin could only drag his shot wide. The Robins looked comfortable, however, despite the home side creating the only second half chances of note. Gathercole kept out a Stott effort with his legs and Ryan Wilson cleared a Meakin header off the line.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (12.Tyrell Waite), 11. Russell Peel (14.Fabian Smith) (15.Ashley Robinson). subs not used: 16.Laurence Zisaruk-Gibson, GK.Aaron Butcher

12TH NOVEMBER 2011
RAINING GOALS

RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON FC 4
Gary Ricketts leaps high to power home Ilkeston's second goal.
Ilkeston produced the perfect away performance to destroy lowly Rainworth. The home side showed courage in the second half after being outplayed for much of the opening period but Ilkeston's superior class showed throughout. Yet Rainworth started well with an Adams dipping shot from range just clearing the bar and when the Robins began to press forward the home team was still able to reply with a Bacon shot from long range which Ben Gathercole was forced to tip over. Ilkeston always looked threatening, however, and they came close to taking the lead when Gary Ricketts' powered a header against the bar and Joe Maguire's follow up header was cleared off the line. Moments later Ilkeston deservedly took a 24th minute lead in fortuitous fashion. James Cullingworth's free kick from the right went just out of the reach of 'keeper McCormack and Maguire's header bounced inadvertantly off Ricky Hanson for an own goal. There was nothing lucky about Ricketts' superb header from another excellent Cullingworth cross on the half hour to double the Robins' advantage, however. Lynam tried his luck for Rainworth at the other end but his shot was way off target, and in the 44th minute Ilkeston made it three. Ricketts lobbed the ball through for Daryll Thomas and although his first shot was blocked he kept his cool to turn and shoot home from an acute angle. 

Although Ilkeston eased off after the break they still created chances. Matt Richards' low shot from the edge of the area brought a fine parry from McCormack, and when substitute Tyrell Waitesent over a deadly low cross from the right Thomas blazed over the gaping goal from 8 yards. Plucky Rainworth pulled a goal back on 82 minutes after the Robins repeatedly failed to clear the danger to allow Camm to convert Bacon's misdirected shot from close range. Any chance of an unlikely Rainworth comeback was nailed two minutes later when Waite caused havoc in the area and rolled the ball to Thomas who blasted into the roof of the net from close range.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Adam Colton, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Liam Green, 9.Gary Ricketts (16.Tyrell Waite [78]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Matt Richards (14.Ashley Robinson [85]). subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 15.Fabian Smith, GK.Aaron Butcher

19TH NOVEMBER 2011
ROBINS' BIRTHDAY PARTY

ILKESTON FC 3 NEWCASTLE TOWN 0
The Robins stepped up a gear in the second half to mark their first anniversary in style. Newcastle posed a few problems throughout, with Malbon heading a great chance inches wide in the opening minutes, but Ilkeston were worthy winners. Ilkeston's first serious effort came from Ryan Wilson whose 25 yard strike was tipped over by Parton and as the pressure increased Joe Wilcox had a shot deflected wide and Gary Ricketts headed wide. The visitors threatened with a Price shot from the edge of the area which cleared the bar whilst Liam Green side footed narrowly over from a similar range at the other end. Bayley headed over for Newcastle and Ricketts did likewise for the Robins as the game ebbed and flowed before the break.

The second half began with Diskin fizzing a shot over the bar from distance but it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 59 minutes. Daryll Thomas sent Ricketts through, and although he rounded Parton his shot was blocked on the line. The ball fell nicely to Adam Colton, however, who blasted home from 8 yards. Ilkeston gave themselves some breathing space four minutes later when fine work by Joe Wilcox set up Colton whose miscued shot found Thomas who was left with a simple close range finish. Matt Richards shot well over from a good position as the Robins continued to dominate with Newcastle's only response being a Malbon lob which cleared the bar. With eight minutes left Ilkeston made it three when substitute Tyrell Waite was pulled back as he broke through on goal by Lane, and Waite himself converted the penalty. Newcastle came close to scoring a consolation goal late on when Malbon broke clear only to shoot against the upright. 
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox (14.Ashley Robinson [84]), 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts (15.Josh Wisdom [87]), 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Tyrell Waite [75]), 11.Matt Richards. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, GK.Aaron Butcher

23RD NOVEMBER 200
ILKESTON IN THE BROWN STUFF

CARLTON TOWN 2 ILKESTON FC 0
Ilkeston were desperately disappointing in a hard fought and scrappy encounter played at a high pace. Carlton were the better team throughout and created the clearer chances. The opening exchanges were quite even with Brown forcing Alex Archer into a save at one end and Gary Ricketts firing high and wide at the other. A looping header by Ricketts was comfortably held by Carlton 'keeper Marshall but it was the home team who took the lead on 22 minutes. Wiggins-Thomas broke clear and although Archer did well to beat out his shot Brown was on hand to calmly put away the loose ball. They nearly doubled the lead when Kimberley's long range free-kick struck the bar, and they missed a great chance before half-time when Wiggins-Thomas rounded Archer only to see Ryan Wilson race back to clear his shot off the line.

Ilkeston began to put some pressure on Carlton after half-time but they failed to create any clear cut chances. Carlton continued to look the more dangerous and when a Hawkridge cross eventually fell to Hall Archer had to make a smart save. However, on 73 minutes, they got a deserved second when Brown beat the defence and tucked the ball past the advancing Archer. Ilkeston tried to find a way back but lacked the creativity needed. A Liam Green low shot was comfortably held by Marshall and a clean strike from the edge of the area by substitute Jack Watts brought a good diving save but that was all they had to offer. Hawkridge came close to adding a spectacular third for the home side but his long range shot flew narrowly wide.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Liam Green (14.Ashley Robinson [81]), 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox (16.Tyrell Waite [33]), 8.Adam Colton, 9.Gary Ricketts (17.Jack Watts [72]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Matt Richards. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 15.Josh Wisdom

26TH NOVEMBER 2011
ROBINS HOLD ON TO EARN REPLAY
Catalog of errors: Northwich's otherwise excellent programme is ruined by at least ten references to Ilkeston Town. The match is also advertised as an FA Cup tie when it was, of course, the FA Trophy.
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 1 ILKESTON FC 1 (FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND)
The Robins produced an outstanding and resilient performance to hold Northern Premier League Premier Division high flyers to a draw, and they were within minutes of recording a famous victory. Although Northwich had the lion's share of the play Ilkeston matched them in the first half and looked dangerous. Early on James Reid crossed for Joe Wilcox who couldn't direct his header on target. Northwich were largely restricted to long range shots with efforts by Field and Disney being dealt with by Alex Archer, although Riley and Clarke went close with headers. The clearest chance of the first half fell to Daryll Thomas who broke clear only to see his initial shot and his follow up volley both saved by Hinchliffe.

Shots by Riley and Wilcox at either end preceeded the Robins' 58th minute opener. A good move ended with Reid delivering a perfect cross from the left and Wilcox dived to head home from 6 yards. This sparked Northwich into action and Ilkeston had to defend stoutly but they were eventually undone nine minutes from time. Budry nodded down a long ball forward and Wade cracked an unstoppable shot from 25 yards beyond Archer. Any hopes Northwich had of sneaking a late winner were erased as Ilkeston defended puposefully in the closing stages.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Matt Richards, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox, 8.Ashley Robinson, 9.Tyrell Waite (14.Liam Green [86]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.James Reid. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 15.Adam Colton, 16.Gerome Palmer, 17.Josh Wisdom 

28TH NOVEMBER 2011
SLICK VICS CRUSH ROBINS

ILKESTON FC 1 NORTHWICH VICTORIA 5 (FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY)
Northwich showed their class and outplayed the Robins to book a first round tie with Conference leaders Fleetwood Town. Ilkeston began well with Gary Ricketts heading wide from a James Reid corner but Northwich soon began to stamp their authority. Armstrong and Riley both cleared the bar with decent chances but they broke the deadlock on 20 minutes. Disney's accurate cross from the right was glanced past Alex Archer by Budrys. Riley then had a low shot tipped away by Archer before Ilkeston created their best chance of the half. Joe Wilcox put Daryll Thomas through but his shot was blocked by 'keeper Hinchliffe. However, Northwich continued to dominate and after Budrys headed wide he scored his second five minutes before the break when he turned in Woolfe's low cross. Woolfe then missed a good chance to put the game out of Ilkeston's reach after a good pull back by Riley on the stroke of half time.

Any hopes of an Ilkeston fightback were quashed a minute into the second half. Budry got behind the defence and laid the ball perfectly into Woolfe's path who finished in style. With 54 minutes gone Short got down the left and his low cross was slid into the net by Riley for the fourth. Substitute Tyrell Waite came close to pulling a goal back when he cut in from the left and fired a shot which struck the post. And Ilkeston scored a consolation in the 78th minute when they were surprisingly awarded a penalty which Joe Maguire netted. However, Northwich were not done and scored again almost immediately when Riley cracked home from outside the area.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Matt Richards, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Joe Wilcox (16.Tyrell Waite [52]), 8.Ashley Robinson (15.Adam Colton [64]), 9.Gary Ricketts (14.Liam Green [86]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.James Reid. subs not used: 12.Dan Partridge, 17.Russell Cooke

3RD DECEMBER 2011
STAMFORD STUMBLE AS ROBINS BOUNCE BACK

STAMFORD 2 ILKESTON FC 4
Ilkeston hit top form to win this vital top of the table clash and move up to second place whilst putting their sequence of three games without a win to bed. Stamford began the game well with Steadman's 25 yard shot forcing a good save from Alex Archer but it wasn't long before the Robins began to look potent. Matt Richards sent over an inviting cross which Jack Watts volleyed wide, and then Watts fired over from a good position after being set up by Daryll Thomas. It was no surprise when they took the lead on 22 minutes. James Reid's corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Josh Hill pounced to drive a low shot into the corner. Ilkeston were in for a shock when Stamford equalised three minutes later, Archer allowing a through ball to spill from his grasp and from the following confusion Gibson scored from an acute angle. Not to be denied, Ilkeston scored again immediately when Thomas played in Watts who finished in style, but they were quickly pegged back again on 32 minutes. Watson crossed from the right and found Ilkestonian Nick Ghislanzoni whose shot on the turn from 6 yards found the target. The game continued to flow from end to end with Ryan Wilson shooting just off target for Ilkeston whilst Holden failed to capitalise on Archer's weak clearance and allowed the 'keeper to make a save. From the resultant corner former Ilkeston Town player Joe Pheasant's volley was tipped to safety by Archer. The excitement continued with half-time approaching as Ilkeston poured forward. Watts superb curler was superbly tipped over by Ziccardi, Reid's free-kick just missed the target, and then Reid had a shot blocked as he looked set to score.

Ilkeston may have shaded the first half without reward but they dominated after the break. Reid's cross was flicked marginally wide by Matt Richards, Thomas drilled a shot wide, and another Watts curler was saved by Ziccardi. Just when it looked that time was going to run out on Ilkeston they scored. With nine minutes to go Reid turned superbly in the box before planting the ball past Ziccardi. Then, in the 87th minute, the Robins made certain of victory when Reid's corner was headed in by the unmarked Gary Ricketts.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson (12.Joe Wilcox [46]), 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (15.Tyrell Waite [90]), 11.James Reid. subs not used: 14.Ashley Robinson, 16.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 17.Adam Colton 

10TH DECEMBER 2011
GRANTHAM SHOW TITLE CREDENTIALS

ILKESTON FC 1 GRANTHAM TOWN 3
Ilkeston began the game full of intent but ended it a well beaten side. Daryll Thomas was through on goal early on but failed to take the opportunity and Gary Ricketts fired wide with only 'keeper Murray to beat. But despite all their pressure they failed to take advantage and Grantham always looked as if they could score themselves. Grimes and Saunders both went close for the visitors and it was the former who created the first goal on 35 minutes when he lifted the ball over the advancing Alex Archer for Cardechi to score with a stooping header. Ilkeston wasted little time in getting back into the game, however, and they equalised two minutes later when Jack Watts charged down Murray's clearance and was left with a simple finish. But Grantham got back in front on 43 minutes when Grimes picked up a Cardechi pass and scored with a sublime lob into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.
Ilkeston came close to an equaliser early in the second half when a James Reid shot from 18 yards struck the bar whilst Ball's stunning free kick at the other end met with a similar fate. The Robins then had a great chance to equalise when Ricketts broke clear and squared the ball inside for Thomas but Murray somehow managed to block his close range shot. The miss proved to be costly because on 66 minutes Grantham made it three, thanks to another excellent free kick from Ball which went in off the post. Ilkeston were now a beaten side and Grantham could have added to their score as McGhee and Whitman both went close.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Josh Hill (12.Ashley Robinson [71]), 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (15.Tyrell Waite [82]), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.James Reid. subs not used: 14.Dan Partridge, 16.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 17.Adam Colton 

13TH DECEMBER 2011
ROBINS REACH THE LAST EIGHT

ILKESTON FC 4 DRONFIELD TOWN 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP THIRD ROUND)
An understrength Ilkeston team won comfortably against Dronfield of the Central Midlands League in an attractive game. The visitors began positively with Doran twice going close. Ilkeston's Tyrell Waite then took too long to get in his shot when he was put clear and his effort was blocked, as the Robins took control. Nevertheless Gibbons hit the side net at the other end as Dronfield tried to attack when they could. Soon after Andrew Osei-Siribour shot wide from an Ashley Robinson cross Ilkeston's pressure was rewarded, Osei-Siribour pulling the ball back for Adam Colton to score with a low shot on 27 minutes. Osei-Siribour was unlucky when his fine run ended with a shot which curled narrowly wide, and Joe Wilcox had a shot which went wide as half time approached.
Dronfield could have equalised early in the second half when a corner ended with Gibbons shooting past the post. Minutes later play was held up when the referee needed treatment and after a lengthy delay he was replaced by Ilkeston Academy player Matt Baker who is a qualified referee. Waite then shot straight at 'keeper Siddons before Ilkeston scored their second on 70 minutes. Darren Caskey's free kick was cleared to Russell Peel on the edge of the area and he fired home although the 'keeper should probably saved it. They made it three in the 82nd minute when Osei-Siribour just reached a through ball ahead of Siddons and as the ball ran free he fired past a covering defender. The visitors scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, Gange converting after Gerome Palmer brought down Perkins as he ran for goal. But there was still time for a fourth Ilkeston goal. Deep into stoppage time Joe Wilcox cut the ball back for Waite to drive into the roof of the net.
Line up: 1.Scott Low, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Liam Green, 4.Adam Colton, 5.Gerome Palmer, 6.Dan Partridge, 7.Ashley Robinson, 8.Darren Caskey, 9.Andrew Osei-Siribour (12.Jack Watts [83]), 10.Tyrell Waite, 11.Russell Peel. subs not used: 14.James Cullingworth, 15.Joe Maguire, 16.Gary Ricketts, 17.Daryll Thomas 

17TH DECEMBER 2011
CRACKER JACK

BRIGG TOWN 1 ILKESTON FC 1
Ilkeston controlled much of the second half without creating many scoring opportunities until Jack Watts quickly responded to the setback of falling behind with a deserved equaliser six minutes from time. The Robins were far from their best in the first half, however, and were under the cosh early on. Alex Archer had to make fine saves to keep out a Cooper header and a well struck 20 yard shot from Dickman before Ilkeston got going. Daryll Thomas headed wide from a James Cullingworth cross but Brigg almost went in front through a Davis shot which Ryan Wilson managed to clear off the line. Matt Richards raised Ilkeston's hopes with a good run which ended with his shot being blocked before half time.

Ilkeston began to show more ambition after the break. James Reid headed wide from a Richards cross and went close again soon after before Ricketts fired across the face of the goal. But it was Brigg who snatched the lead in a rare second half attack ten minutes from time when Davis broke clear down the right and crossed for Paczkowski to fire home. Four minutes later the Robins drew level when Reid got away down the left and his cross was volleyed home emphastically by Watts. Ilkeston pressed for a late winner but Richards, Ricketts, Dan Partridge and Watts were all denied by decisive blocks.
Line up: 1.Alex Archer, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Matt Richards, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Joe Maguire, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.James Reid. subs not used: 12.Josh Hill, 14.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 15.Tyrell Waite, 16.Adam Colton, 17.Russell Peel

26TH DECEMBER 2011
ILKESTON BOXING CLEVER

HUCKNALL TOWN 0 ILKESTON FC 2
Boxing Day brought three deserved points for the Robins after a controlled performance on a heavy pitch. Hucknall rarely threatened and their few efforts of note came mainly in the first half. Gregory's early shot from the edge of the area brought a comfortable save from Dan Lowson, the same player volleyed well over from range, and Ryan saw an effort go wide before another effort from him was blocked. Eventually Ilkeston began to make some progress with Ryan Wilson's long range strike being deflected over the bar and a James Reid shot went wide off a defender's foot. The first serious effort of note came Ilkeston's way when Gary Ricketts pulled the ball back to Tyrell Waite whose 20 yard shot was well tipped over by White. Gregory then brought a scrambling save from Lowson with a 25 yard shot but it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 42 minutes shortly after Joe Maguire crashed a header against the bar from Reid's cross. Reid fired over another inviting centre and Jack Watts nipped in with a brave header as White came to collect.

Ilkeston took control after the break with Maguire and Waite seeing efforts miss the target before they doubled the lead. James Cullingworth played a nice ball in from the right which was steered home by Ricketts in the 68th minute. By now the Robins were dominant and Reid, Ricketts and substitute Andrew Osei-Siribour could easily have added to the score. Hucknall showed precious little in the second half other than a low drive by Ryan which was comfortably saved by Lowson and a Massingham shot which drifted wide.
Line up: 1.Dan Lowson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (12.Joe Wilcox [90]), 10.Tyrell Waite (15.Andrew Osei-Siribour [68]), 11.James Reid. subs not used: 14.Darren Caskey, 16.Adam Colton, 17.Russell Peel

2ND JANUARY 2012
BELPER SPOIL NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

ILKESTON FC 0 BELPER TOWN 1
Ilkeston may have had most of the play in a disappointing game but they created precious little before a defensive error in the dying minutes handed Belper a victory. Belper threatened early on when Longstaff headed a good chance wide from a Wint free kick, and next Cotton fired way over the bar. The Robins eventually got forward and a fierce drive from James Reid wasn't far wide. As the first half entered its final stages Ilkeston began to exert some pressure. Tyrell Waite tricked his way to the by-line and pulled the ball back for Reid who mishit the chance straight to Matt Richards who fired over from close range. Adams headed over at the other end before Richards was off target with another effort from 18 yards.

The second half saw most of the play in the Belper half but their well organised defence coped easily as the Robins failed to deliver a quality final ball. Indeed it was Belper who almost took the lead when Meikle beat Ryan Wilson and crossed for Longstaff who forced an excellent diving save from Dan Lowson. Gary Ricketts' looping header brought a straight forward tip over from former Ilkeston Town 'keeper Gavin Saxby but that was all the Robins could produce as the game entered the closing stages. Meikle's long range shot was only narrowly off target and a crisp shot from former Ilkeston Town winger Chris Adam was saved by Lowson at the second attempt as Belper looked to sneak a late winner. Andrew Osei-Siribour had two efforts blocked for Ilkeston but with four minutes left Belper broke the deadlock. A long ball forward caused confusion between Lowson and Russell Cooke and Turner was left with the simplest of chances, rolling the ball into the unguarded net. Ilkeston threw men forward in the dying minutes but they never seriously threatened to score.    
Line up: 1.Dan Lowson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wison, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Tyrell Waite (14.Andrew Osei-Siribour [55]), 11.James Reid. subs not used: 12.Ashley Robinson, 15.Darren Caskey, 16.Joe Wilcox, 17.Russell Peel

7TH JANUARY 2002
CASKEY SPOT ON

SHEPSHED DYNAMO 0 ILKESTON FC 1
The Robins grabbed a much needed but hard fought victory at bottom club Shepshed. The only goal came as early as the 10th minute when Joe Maguire's shot was handled and Darren Caskey put away the resultant penalty. Ilkeston controlled the first half without adding to their score. Jack Watts headed wide and the same player latched onto a long Dan Lowson clearance but his low shot struck 'keeper Martin and went past the post. Gary Ricketts shot narrowly over from the edge of the area following a corner before Shepshed had their first chance, O'Connor shooting wide from a good position. James Reid had a shot turned away by Martin and Caskey clipped a free kick just over the top as half time approached.

Shepshed, without causing too many problems, sensed they could get something out of the game after the break and could have scored when the unmarked Pembleton headed over from a corner. Ilkeston tried to kill the game off as Reid shot straight at Martin but the home side remained positive, Chaplin's low shot bringing a save from Lowson. Although the game was far from inspired both teams looked for the elusive important next goal with substitute Daryll Thomas and Matt Richards going close for Ilkeston and Pembleton firing wide at the other end. Reid missed a great chance for Ilkeston when he sliced wide from close range, and a better effort from him brought a fine save from Martin. The Robins successfully negotiated the final minutes without alarm.
Line up: 1.Dan Lowson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson (12.Joe Wilcox [65]), 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Darren Caskey (16.Daryll Thomas [46]), 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Jack Watts, 11.James Reid. subs not used: 14.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 15.Tyrell Waite, 17.Russell Peel

9TH JANUARY 2012
REID ALL ABOUT IT

ILKESTON FC 4 SHEFFIELD 1
Ilkeston won an enthralling game of attacking football thanks to a magnificent James Reid hat-trick although Sheffield played their part, particularly during the first half. Indeed the visitors started strongly and went close with efforts from Gascoigne and Harrison early on. However, it was Ilkeston who moved in front on 9 minutes when Darren Caskey's corner was volleyed first time by Gary Ricketts past Whatsize. Jack Watts' well timed pass then released Ricketts who fired across the face of the goal before Sheffield missed a great chance when Higginson was sent clear but he could only drive his shot straight at Dan Lowson. Ricketts then just cleared the bar at the other end but Sheffield drew level in the 24th minute with a precision free kick by Woolley into the top corner. Sheffield's celebrations had barely died down when the Robins went back in front a minute later thanks to a superb 30 yard strike by Reid which flew into the top corner. Whatsize did well to tip another Reid shot over the bar whilst Sheffield's Burrell had an effort blocked and saw his follow up saved by Lowson.
The second half saw Ilkeston produce some delightful football which the visitors could not counter. Reid had an effort saved by Whatsize and then he was unlucky with an angled free kick which struck the bar. Watts came close on a couple of occasions before the third goal arrived on 65 minutes. Ricketts found Reid on the edge of the area who twisted and turned before firing home from a narrow angle. Matt Richards then supplied Ricketts with an opportunity which was saved by Whatsize prior to a rare spell of Sheffield pressure. Lowson twice saved from substitute Williams and another Williams effort went over the top. But Reid had the final say in stoppage time when he completed his hat-trick. A fine run down the left by substitute Tyrell Waite led to him turning the ball back to Reid who controlled the ball before firing home from 15 yards.
Line up: 1.Dan Lowson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Jack Watts, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Darren Caskey (12.Adam Colton [79]), 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (16.Tyrell Waite [86]), 10.Daryll Thomas (15.Andrew Osei-Siribour [84]), 11.James Reid. subs not used: 14.Joe Wilcox, 17.Russell Peel

21ST JANUARY 2012
COOKE OFF!

GOOLE AFC 3 ILKESTON FC 0
Ilkeston FC produced their poorest performance of the season to date and fell to their record league defeat as a result. To compound matters captain Russell Cooke was sent off for a late challenge in the second half. On a cold and very blustery day the home side adapted far better to the conditions as Ilkeston failed to take advantage when the wind was in their favour in the first half. Neither side looked able to master the wind early on although former Ilkeston Town star Simon Harrison tested Sam Andrew with a swerving free kick which he was forced to punch clear at the second attempt. Ilkeston's first effort came from Daryll Thomas who shot well wide before Gary Ricketts' looping header was held by Goole 'keeper Chapman. Darren Caskey and Ryan Wilson combined well later in the half but Wilson's shot was straight at Chapman, and then Jack Watts' long range shot went well off target. James Reid then fired over from distance just before the break.
Goole made better use of the conditions after half time and they went in front just two minutes after the restart when Powell latched on to a ball over the defence to shoot past Andrew. On 52 minutes they scored again when a free kick from the right was flicked past Andrew at the near post by Jeffs. Ilkeston tried to respond and Wilson saw an effort deflected into Chapman's hands before Watts had a shot blocked. Goole looked the better team, however, and Andrew did well to tip over an Allott shot. Then, on 68 minutes, Cooke received his red card for a challenge on Bloor and ten man Ilkeston were powerless to prevent Goole from making it three five minutes later. Powell used all his strength to get into the area before shooting past the helpless Andrew. The home team was now well on top as Bloor shot high and wide whilst Powell missed two good chances late on. Ilkeston's day was summed up in stoppage time when Matt Richards broke through the middle but his shot went harmlessly over the bar.
Line up: 1.Sam Andrew, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Matt Richards, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Darren Caskey (12.Joe Maguire [72]), 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Andrew Osei-Siribour [82]), 11.James Reid (17.Sam Duncum [82]). subs not used: 14.Adam Colton, 15.Joe Wilcox

24TH JANUARY 2012
SLAM DUNC
ILKESTON FC 3 BUXTON 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Sam Duncum inspired Ilkeston to victory only for the Robins to learn that he was not eligible to play and they had been disqualified from the competition. This was a major disappointment considering that Ilkeston had dominated the game and had thoroughly deserved their victory, despite falling a goal behind. They created a good chance early on when Adam Colton's precise pass released Daryll Thomas who slid his shot just past the post. Thomas then went on a dangerous run after receiving a ball from Matt Richards but his shot was straight at 'keeper Billard. Jack Watts then had a low shot saved before Duncum went down in the box without getting the penalty decision. Duncum saw a long range shot saved as the Robins continued to press although Buxton almost scored with a Towey diving header that went just wide. Ryan Wilson was unlucky when he cut inside from the left and fired in a fine effort which Billard turned on to the bar, but it was Buxton who took the lead against the run of play on 37 minutes. Maxfield's fine curling free kick was tipped against the bar by Scott Low only for Taylor to nod in the rebound. The setback didn't discourage Ilkeston, however, and after Watts had a shot from an acute angle saved Duncum conjoured up a fine equaliser on the stroke of half time. He cleverly evaded a couple of challenges as he cut into the area before firing low into the corner.
The Robins carried on attacking after the break. Duncum's low cross found Darren Caskey who turned the ball over the bar, Richards' fierce shot was saved by Billard and Watts' header into the net was ruled out for offside. Josh Hill then headed a Caskey corner into the side netting before the second goal finally came on the hour. Substitute Andrew Osei-Siribour cut in from the right and his low cross caused confusion, the ball eventually reaching Caskey who was left with a simple finish. Three minutes later the Robins scored again when an Osei-Siribour cross was headed into the net by Joe Maguire. It was only in the closing stages that Buxton posed any sort of threat. Low saved a low drive by Wilde and made a simpler save from a Hopkins miscued shot. Hopkins had a better effort saved by Low whilst at the other end Watts' chip failed to beat Billard. Buxton's hope of a late consolation was thwarted by Low who tipped away a Haywood shot.
Line up: 1.Scott Low, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Darren Caskey (15.Mike Williams [69]), 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Adam Colton, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Jack Watts, 10.Daryll Thomas (14.Andrew Osei-Siribour [58]), 11.Sam Duncum (17.Ashley Robinson [78]). subs not used: 12.Ellis Storey, 16.Russell Peel

28TH JANUARY 2012
LOUGHBOROUGH HAVE THE LAST LAUGH

ILKESTON FC 2 LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO 2
Gary Ricketts blasts home Ilkeston's equaliser on the stroke of half time.
Loughborough scored in the first and last minutes of the game but Ilkeston bossed the game in-between and were desperately unlucky not to get the three points. A minute into the game Shawn Richards put former Ilkeston Town player Jamie Clarke in on goal and he left Scott Low with no chance of stopping his well taken shot. Ilkeston recovered well and gradually took control. Gary Ricketts' acrobatic volley went just wide as did his header from a James Reid free kick. Matt Richards' long range shot wasn't far off the target, and when a clever free kick by Darren Caskey released Sam Duncum into the box his low cross was almost converted by Richards. Jack Watts' then saw a fierce volley from the edge of the area fly straight at 'keeper Pearson but Ilkeston had to wait until the 44th minute before equalising. Pearson managed to keep out Ricketts' close range header from a Caskey corner but was powerless to prevent Ricketts blasting the rebound into the roof of the net from point blank range. Reid had a chance to put Ilkeston in front before half time but he dragged his shot wide after latching onto Ricketts' flick on.
The Robins continued to dominate after the break. Reid volleyed a good chance high over from 12 yards after Ricketts headed the ball into his path, and Ricketts' close range overhead kick hit 'keeper Pearson before bouncing to safety. In a rare break Loughborough could have taken advantage of a Ryan Wilson error but Low came to the rescue and blocked Clarke's shot. Watts low shot was too close to Pearson, Duncum also had a shot saved, and James Cullingworth headed over a fine cross by Ricketts as Ilkeston looked for the second goal. It finally came in the 74th minute when Duncum took advantage of an error by Jenno. He took the ball across the edge of the area, beat the last defender and planted a lovely low shot into the corner. Ilkeston looked to be in complete control as Ricketts headed a Cullingworth cross over, and Reid missed a great chance to seal the game when with only Pearson to beat his fierce shot was struck too close to the 'keeper. It proved to be costly. In stoppage time Shawn Richards was allowed to get in a low cross from the right that was turned into the net from close range by Henton.
Line up: 1.Scott Low, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Darren Caskey (12.Joe Maguire [84]), 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.James Reid (16.Joe Wilcox [90]), 11.Sam Duncum (15.Daryll Thomas [79]). subs not used: 14.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 17.Adam Colton   

11TH FEBRUARY 2012
3G ROMULUS FOUR GOAL ILKESTON
ROMULUS 0 ILKESTON FC 4
Ilkeston adapted well to the artificial pitch and ran out convincing winners after an even first half which the Robins edged because of their superior finishing. Romulus had plenty of attacking ideas in the opening period and could easily have taken an early lead when Jackson slammed a shot inches wide. Ilkeston's first move of note saw a fine run by Sam Duncum end with a cross which Gary Ricketts headed over the bar. Ben Gathercole had to be alert to keep out a Francis shot before Agbonlahor fired wide from the rebound, but Ilkeston made chances too. Joe Maguire's header was kept out by 'keeper Exall's legs shortly before the Robins took a 37th minute lead. A deep free kick into the area was cleared only as far as Jack Watts who scored with a precise and crisp volley. Six minutes later they doubled the lead when a corner fell to Maguire who buried a low shot into the net. Yet Romulus could have hauled themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time when Gathercole made a great save to keep out a Blissett header.
The Robins took charge after the break once they overcame an early Romulus bout of pressure and they made it three on 52 minutes. Matt Richards made a long run down the centre and fed Duncum on the left who cut in before firing an exquisite angled drive into the far corner. The fourth goal was even better and it arrived in the 77th minute. A quick break out of defence by Richards led to a fine pass to Duncum who cut in from the left to fire over a dangerous cross which was rifled home by the incoming James Reid.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Josh Hill, 7.James Reid, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (14.Tyrell Waite [82]), 10.Jack Watts, 11.Sam Duncum (15.Daryll Thomas [82]). subs not used: 12.Joe Wilcox, 16.Russell Peel, GK. Scott Low

18TH FEBRUARY 2012
ILKESTON KEEP UP THE PRESSURE

ILKESTON FC 3 NEW MILLS 1
Sam Duncum scores Ilkeston's second goal.
Ilkeston moved up into second place with this well deserved victory. They played particularly well for almost an hour, although complacency during the closing stages almost allowed the visitors to come back and grab an unlikely point. The Robins began strongly and James Reid was desperately unlucky with a 25 yard free kick which struck the underside of the bar in the opening minutes. Matt Richards and Jack Watts both had shots saved by Coates before the first goal arrived on 21 minutes. Matt Richards' short corner to Reid was crossed to the far post where Gary Ricketts made no mistake with a firm header. Fifteen minutes later Sam Duncum pounced on a mistake by Chadwick to angle a low drive past Coates and in off the far post to make it two. Ilkeston 'keeper Ben Gathercole made his first save when he comfortably held Innes' low shot, and as half time approached Reid missed a great chance when he planted his shot wide from 15 yards after being nicely set up by Ricketts.
James Reid volleys home the Robins' third.
Two minutes into the second half Reid made amends by scoring with a quality strike from 12 yards after Duncum's cross from the left reached him at the far post. Ricketts then saw a downward header bounce onto the top of the bar via a deflection before the visitors began to take advantage of Ilkeston's slackening off period. Gathercole did well to turn away Field's low shot, and the same player fired high over with a free kick. Stott's free kick took a huge deflection off the Ilkeston wall to glance off the post and the Robins were forced to rely on counter attacks as the pressure built. Richards went on a good run before screwing a shot wide and Joe Maguire was also off target with efforts on a couple of occasions, but it was no surprise when New Mills pulled a goal back on 75 minutes. Field's pass opened up the Ilkeston defence for Grandison to calmly tuck the ball past Gathercole. Then Deegan missed a great chance from 6 yards and he then had a goal disallowed for impeding Gathercole as they both went for a high cross. The visitors were unable to find the second goal they needed to set the alarm bells ringing, however, and in the dying minutes Ilkeston came closest to scoring when substitute Daryll Thomas had a shot well blocked by Coates.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Josh Hill, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (16.Tyrell Waite [90]), 10.James Reid (15.Daryll Thomas [82]), 11.Sam Duncum (12.Joe Wilcox [82]). subs not used: 14.Darren Caskey, GK. Scott Low

20TH FEBRUARY 2012
LINCOLN PUSH ILKESTON ALL THE WAY

ILKESTON FC 3 LINCOLN UNITED 1
The Robins came up against a Lincoln team determined to attack at every available opportunity but they showed great character to come from behind to win thanks to a three goal burst in a twenty minute second half spell. Ilkeston began promisingly with Gary Ricketts, who had two goals disallowed in the first half, having an effort blocked by 'keeper Cooke and he saw another attempt go close. But Lincoln were soon showing their attacking intent, Leverett's shot and McDaid's header producing good saves from Scott Low. Garrick then headed over before the Robins exerted some pressure of their own. Clever play by Jack Watts ended with a shot from the edge of the box which Cooke did well to keep out, and he then fired over following good work by Matt Richards. With half time approaching Richards had a chance to put Ilkeston in front but he fired over from close range.
The second half began with Lincoln getting their noses in front on 50 minutes when Garrick cut in from the left to fire a fine angled shot which gave Low no chance. Ilkeston's response was swift and they drew level in the 57th minute when James Reid's cross eventually reached Ricketts at the far post who scored from close range. With the game opening up Watts had a volley blocked and Reddington put the ball over the bar at the other end. However, it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 69 minutes. Joe Maguire's lovely pass released Watts whose shot was saved by Cooke and the ball ran to substitute Daryll Thomas who crashed the rebound home. Eight minutes later Ilkeston got their third. Watts' accurate free kick from the right was headed perfectly into the corner by Ricketts for his second. The goal provoked a frustrated response from Lincoln's Wright who was duly given a red card for dissent. Zuerner's long range shot was comfortably dealt with by Low as Lincoln tried to find a way back although the closing stages belonged to the Robins who twice went close to scoring again through Watts.
Line up: 1.Scott Low, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Josh Hill, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (Tyrell Waite [90]), 10.James Reid (Joe Wilcox [73]), 11.Sam Duncum (Daryll Thomas [46]). subs not used: Darren Caskey, Andrew Osei-Siribour    

25TH FEBRUARY 2012
ROBINS MAKE A POINT
COALVILLE TOWN 0 ILKESTON TOWN 0

Thrills and spills were not the order of the day as both teams cancelled each other out. Ilkeston could argue that they had most of the play but they failed to create many openings. Matt Richards volleyed well over early on before Stuart's tame effort at the other end almost caught out Ben Gathercole. Daryll Thomas looked set to score later in the first half but his first time shot was palmed away by Bowles, James Reid's long range shot was wide of the target, Gary Ricketts headed over and Jack Watts headed straight at Bowles as Ilkeston began to take control. On the stroke of half-time Matt Richards burst into the box but his low shot lacked the power to trouble Bowles.
Ricketts twice headed for goal early in the second half, the first one going wide and the second one being saved comfortably. He then headed wide from a Watts cross as the game entered its final stages before a rare Coalville attack ended with Carney heading straight at Gathercole from a good positition. Dodds then gave the Robins a scare with a curling effort which looped just wide before James Cullingworth tried his luck from long range in the dying moments but his effort was well wide.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.James Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (14.Tyrell Waite [80]), 11.James Reid (15.Sam Duncum [86]). subs not used: 12.Josh Hill, 16.Ashley Robinson, 17.Russell Peel

27TH FEBRUARY 2012
ROBINS LEEK IN THE GOALS
ILKESTON FC 3 LEEK TOWN 4
Jack Watts heads in Ilkeston's first goal
Poor defending led to a disappointing home defeat for Ilkeston who were deservedly beaten despite the close scoreline. Joe Wilcox came close to a stoppage time equaliser for the Robins when his fierce volley from 10 yards hit the post but it would have been an injustice to Leek who took the lead in the 7th minute. Grice's unstoppable volley from Sanders' cross gave Leek the advantage and Ben Gathercole then had to deny Cope as chaos reigned in the Ilkeston goalmouth. James Reid was unlucky with a 25 yard shot which came off the post but Leek looked the more dangerous and they doubled their advantage on 25 minutes. Sanders' corner was headed in by Cope who wasn't tightly marked. Play stopped for around ten minutes when a referee's assistant retired with an injury and one of Leek's substitutes, a qualified official, ran the line from then on. The Robins got back into the game on 42 minutes when Jack Watts headed home a Reid corner and both teams came close to further goals before the break with Matt Richards and Cope threatening.
The Robins equalised on the hour with a lucky goal. Sam Duncum knew little about it as the ball cannoned into the net off his shoulder after a Joe Maguire header was blocked on the line. But Leek regained the lead within two minutes when Haddrell headed the ball to Mellor who swept home from 10 yards. Maguire headed over as Ilkeston went in search of another equaliser and when it came it was another fluke. On 83 minutes Ryan Wilson's cross from the left found the far top corner. Just when Robins fans thought they were going to get an unlikely point Leek snatched an 86th minute winner. A free-kick was cleared only as far as Edwards whose shot was spilled by Gathercole and Grice made no mistake to score his second of the night.
Line-up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (Daryll Thomas [80]), 10.James Reid (Joe Wilcox [58]), 11.Sam Duncum (Tyrell Waite [80]). subs not used: Josh Hill, Ashley Robinson

3RD MARCH 2012
DAN'S THE MAN

NEWCASTLE TOWN 0 ILKESTON FC 2
Dan Partridge celebrates his goal as Joe Maguire offers his congratulations.
Ilkeston produced a professional performance to grab three points in a game that often lacked sparkle. The Robins hardly gave the home team a sniff of a goal and their solid work in defence was the backdrop to this victory. They took the lead on 20 minutes when a free-kick was knocked by Gary Ricketts into Dan Partridge's path who shot on the turn sweetly from 12 yards. James Cullingworth had a couple of shots blocked and Jack Watts headed wide as half-time approached.
Gary Ricketts heads home the winner
Two minutes into the second half Ilkeston made certain of victory when good work by Matt Richards and Cullingworth set up Watts to cross perfectly for Gary Ricketts to head home. There were few further chances and Ben Gathercole only had one save to make throughout the game.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Joe Maguire, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (Tyrell Waite 84), 11.Sam Duncum (Joe Wilcox 54). subs not used: Ashley Robinson, Darren Caskey, Russell Peel. 

10TH MARCH 2012
LAURIE DRIVES ROBINS TO VICTORY
ILKESTON FC 2 RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE 0
Celebrations as Daryll Thomas (centre) opens the scoring
Rainworth made life difficult for the Robins but one Ilkeston got their noses in front shortly before half-time there was only going to be one winner. The visitors came very close to taking an early lead when Bacon's long range strike struck the bar and O'Rafferty headed the rebound over from close range. It took time for Ilkeston to settle, their first effort being a header from Gary Ricketts following a Ryan Wilson cross which produced a straightforward save from former Ilkeston Town 'keeper Mark Hales. Jack Watts fired wide and Matt Richards volleyed well over, whilst Goward wasn't far away with a lob at the other end which went just over Ben Gathercole's bar. Paling then fired just wide as Rainworth continued to pose a threat but it was Ilkeston who took the lead on 44 minutes. Good link up play between Sam Duncum and Richards ended with Daryll Thomas neatly glancing a header past Hales.
The Robins showed more authority after the break. Watts' shot on the turn was saved by Hales before Ilkeston were fortunate to be awarded a penalty when the ball flicked up onto Paling's hand. Debutant Laurie Wilson did the rest from the spot on 56 minutes. Adams thought he had brought Rainworth back into the game but his effort was ruled out for offside. However, Ilkeston were now in control. Thomas screwed a good opportunity wide, Watts and Laurie Wilson brought saves from Hales, and Ricketts headed over. Substitute Will McCall then shot on the turn to bring a smart save from Hales before Ricketts had a header ruled out for pushing late in the game.
Line-up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts (Joe Wilcox 81), 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (Tyrell Waite 64), 11.Sam Duncum (Will McCall 81). subs not used: Joe Maguire, Darren Caskey

17TH MARCH 2012
ROBINS RECOVER FROM SHAKY START
The programme issued was from the postponed fixture on January 14th
ILKESTON FC 2 SUTTON COLDFIELD 1
Jack Watts prepares to fire in the equaliser
An almost comical piece of defending gifted Sutton Coldfield a very early lead but Ilkeston bounced back to claim a deserved win even though they were far from their best. The visitors scored just over a minute into the game when confusion between James Cullingworth and Russell Cooke resulted in the latter making a hasty back pass which eluded 'keeper Ben Gathercole, Lund racing on to squeeze the ball into an unguarded net from the tightest of angles. Fortunately for the Robins they were able to get back on level terms quickly. Cullingworth's cross from the right caused problems for Sutton's defence and Jack Watts was able to pounce on the loose ball and turned to stroke a low shot into the net from 10 yards. Gary Ricketts then saw a looping header just clear the bar whilst Parsons' hook shot trickled just wide after Ilkeston failed to deal with a long throw. Sutton then had a good spell with Bailey flicking a header wide, Rickards shooting narrowly off target from long range, and Gunnery firing a tame shot which failed to cause problems for Gathercole. Costello then thought he had given the visitors the lead when he bundled a close range effort in off the post but his effort was ruled out for offside. Watts and Matt Richards both had shots blocked as Ilkeston tried to step things up as half-time approached although Sutton came closest to scoring when Jones' vicious volley dipped just too late.
Ilkeston's winner came just five minutes into the second half. Daryll Thomas cut in from the left and did well to hold off two challenges before firing in a low shot from 15 yards. The goal gave the Robins confidence and they finally began to assert themselves. Ricketts header from an excellent Laurie Wilson cross went straight into the arms of Cooper and then a defensive error allowed Thomas to break clear but his shot was blocked by Cooper and a great chance to seal the win was gone. Laurie Wilson then had a shot deflected wide for a corner before the dispirited visitors had a late rally. Rickards' shot from 25 yards was comfortably saved by Gathercole and Jones' long range shot was way too high. But Ilkeston weren't unduly stretched and they almost got a third on the stroke of full-time when a Ricketts header was blocked on the line.
Line-up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Sam Duncum (16.Will McCall 88). subs not used: 12.Joe Wilcox, 14.Joe Maguire, 15.Tyrell Waite, 17.James Reid  

31ST MARCH 2012
ROBINS STROLL TO VICTORY

ILKESTON FC 5 SHEPSHED DYNAMO 0
Ilkeston eased their way to three points against an abject bottom of the table Shepshed team in a match made memorable by two sets of supporters who stood singing side by side determined to have a good time. The Robins made all the early running with Jack Watts flashing a low shot from 18 yards just wide and Sam Duncum firing a low left foot angled drive inches away from the far post. It was no surprise when they took the lead in the 13th minute when Darren Caskey's cross was headed against the bar by Watts who reacted quickly to blast the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Matt Richards blasted wide before they made it two nine minutes later. James Cullingworth's cross was headed back across goal by Gary Ricketts to Daryll Thomas who had time to take a touch before firing home from 8 yards. Ricketts then sent a header into Martin's arms and Duncum shot wide but the third goal was not long in coming. On 36 minutes Richards made a great run down the middle past three defenders before striking a low left foot shot past Martin from 15 yards. Simmonds' had Shepshed's first serious goal attempt with a shot that was tipped away by Ben Gathercole, and as half-time approached Ricketts saw another header gathered by the Shepshed 'keeper.
Watts came close to scoring early in the second half with a shot which shook the side net following a perfectly weighted pass by Caskey but the Robins had to wait until the 70th minute before they scored again. Ryan Wilson made a good run down the left before neatly playing the ball inside to Ricketts who scored with a firm right foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Martin did well to save a Richards shot but he was beaten for a fifth time eight minutes from the end. Watts played a ball in from the right which was touched on by substitute Will McCall to fellow sub Francis Green who made no mistake from 8 yards. Thomas fired a shot just wide of the angle before Shepshed missed a glorious chance for a late consolation with Krasniqi rounding Gathercole only to see his shot cleared off the line by Russell Cooke. The result ensured Ilkeston of a Play-Off place barring a sequence of freak results.
Line up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Darren Caskey (15.James Reid 72), 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts (12.Francis Green 70), 10.Daryll Thomas, 11.Sam Duncum (14.Will McCall 77). subs not used: 16.Joe Wilcox, GK. Lloyd Allinson.  

7TH APRIL 2012
TITLE HOPES GR-OVER

KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC 0 ILKESTON FC 0
Ilkeston's faint hopes of winning the title ended with their failure to win this game, and to be fair a draw was the fairest result. They began promisingly with Jack Watts shooting just off target and Daryll Thomas saw an effort just clear the bar, as did Matt Richards with a well struck shot. Later in the half Watts' left foot shot went just wide and home 'keeper Hodgson did well to save a good effort from Richards.
The second half continued in a similar vein with Kidsgrove failing to make much headway and Ilkeston struggling to create any clear cut chances. Francis Green slammed a shot into the side net from a difficult angle before the home team should have taken a shock lead ten minutes from time. Kinsey got free into the Ilkeston area but with only Lloyd Allinson to beat he fired against the post and the ball rebounded into the keeper's arms. Ilkeston's best chance came in the last minute when Russell Cooke went close with a header from a James Cullingworth cross. Cullingworth then came to his side's aid when he blocked a Griggs shot to preserve a point for the Robins.
Line-up: 1.Lloyd Allinson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.James Reid, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts (12.Joe Wilcox 85), 8.Matt Richards, 9.Francis Green, 10.Daryll Thomas (16.Andrew Osei-Siribour 62), 11.Sam Duncum (14.Will McCall 62). subs not used: 15.Joe Maguire, GK. Ben Gathercole 

9TH APRIL 2012
HOME SWEET HOME FOR ILKESTON

ILKESTON FC 3 HUCKNALL TOWN 1
The Robins bounced back to win comfortably after conceding a bad early goal, and the win guaranteed them a home tie in the Play-Off semi-finals. Ilkeston began well enough with Matt Richards' looping header being caught by former Town 'keeper James Lindley but they were stung on 5 minutes when Russell Cooke missed Brady's low cross from the left and Wallace nipped in for a simple finish past Ben Gathercole. Ilkeston drew level eight minutes later, however, when Will McCall's cross was punched out by Lindley and Laurie Wilson drilled home the loose ball from 20 yards. Few opportunities came for either team until Daryll Thomas rounded Lindley but couldn't convert the golden opportunity, his weak finish being cleared off the line by Walker. Jack Watts drove into the side net from 20 yards and shot wide soon after but he was instrumental in creating the 39th minute winner. His cross from the right found McCall who took a touch before firing low into the far corner. Ilkeston were now well on top and a Laurie Wilson shot was turned away by Lindley, and a Watts header was blocked on the line as half-time approached.
Ilkeston continued to control the game after the break without being at their most fluent. Thomas and Laurie Wilson went close, Ryan Wilson shot narrowly wide from long range and Gary Ricketts' header wasn't far off target, although Hucknall reminded them the game wasn't over when former Town player Callum Lloyd's long range shot was saved by Gathercole. A long ball by James Cullingworth found substitute Francis Green who hooked the ball past Lindley's post, and Green wasn't far away with a clever chip beyond the far post. However, the Robins finally made sure of victory on 81 minutes with a fine goal by Watts who burst forward into the area before shooting low beyond Lindley. In the closing stages substitute James Reid's shot was deflected just past the post as the Robins went in search of a fourth.
Line-up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Laurie Wilson (Joe Wilcox 82), 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (Francis Green 68), 11.Will McCall (James Reid 85). subs not used: Joe Maguire, Andrew Osei-Siribour

14TH APRIL 2012
NO BRIGG DEAL

ILKESTON FC 2 BRIGG TOWN 0
The Robins overcame lowly but safe from relegation Brigg in a lacklustre game. Brigg created an early opportunity when Davis cut inside but his shot was held by Lloyd Allinson and they offered little after that. Ilkeston gradually got on top without playing particularly well. Gary Ricketts shot well wide, Will McCall's shot lacked power but still troubled 'keeper Woodhead, Ricketts headed off target and Jack Watts went closer with a curler. The opening goal eventually arrived on 34 minutes when Francis Green cut the ball back for Ricketts to convert a simple finish from close range. Brigg wasted a good opportunity shortly before the break when Mansaram put a free header wide.
Ilkeston began the second half strongly with Ricketts sending in a header which was saved by Woodhead, and they made the game safe in the 56th minute. Ricketts got away down the right and his low cross was helped on by McCall to Watts who curled the ball inside the far post from 8 yards. Jackman shot straight at Allinson at the other end before the game drifted to its inevitable conclusion. Substitute Daryll Thomas missed a great chance late on when he fired straight at Woodhead and that was that.
Line-up: 1.Lloyd Allinson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson (Joe Wilcox 49), 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Francis Green (Daryll Thomas 72), 11.Will McCall (James Reid 80). subs: Joe Maguire, Sam Duncum    

21ST APRIL 2012
FIVE MINUTES OF AGONY COST ROBINS

GRANTHAM TOWN 2 ILKESTON FC 1
Ilkeston needed a point to guarantee second place and home advantage if they reached the Play-Off Final but they conceded a stoppage time goal. Meanwhile Carlton Town scored two late goals to rob the Robins of the runners-up spot and Ilkeston had to settle for third place. They didn't deserve to lose an incident free encounter at champions Grantham despite fielding an understrength side. Nevertheless the home side looked dangerous wearly on with Purcicoe provided with an early opening which Ben Gathercole managed to push away to safety. But Grantham weren't to be denied and they took an eighth minute lead when Purcicoe put McGhee through on goal to score with a stylish shot. Ilkeston quickly got back on level terms, however. Francis Green went on a good run and supplied a perfect pass for Sam Duncum to score with a first time shot on 14 minutes. Grantham looked capable of regaining the lead and Gathercole made a fine block to deny McGhee, but soon the game calmed down and there were few chances in the remainder of the first half.
Ilkeston pretty much controlled the second half and had chances to win. Andrew Osei-Siribour twice went close, substitute Daryll Thomas' curler was tipped away by 'keeper Murray, and Osei-Siribour somehow managed to head over from point blank range. Then came the killer blow two minutes into added time. Confusion reigned in the Ilkeston area and the ball ran free to Battersby whose shot struck the post and bounced off the unlucky Gathercole and into the net. Grantham began their title celebrations at the final whistle whilst Ilkeston contemplated the possibility of playing in the Play-Off Final away from home.
Line-up: 1.Ben Gathercole, 2.Joe Wilcox, 3.Russell Peel, 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Josh Hill, 6.Joe Maguire, 7.Sam Duncum, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Francis Green (Daryll Thomas 59), 10.Andrew Osei-Siribour, 11.James Reid. subs not used: Ryan Wilson, James Cullingworth, Gary Ricketts, Will McCall

23RD APRIL 2012
ROBINS IN SEVENTH HEAVEN
The programme was printed prior to Ilkeston FC knowing the identity of their opponents
ILKESTON FC 7 SHEFFIELD FC 0 (NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE SOUTH PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL)
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The avalanche begins in the storm: Gary Ricketts heads Ilkeston in front
Torrential rain and hail failed to dampen the spirits of an enthusiastic crowd who roared Ilkeston on to a stunning victory to reach the Play-Off Final. The Robins came close to taking an early lead when Laurie Wilson glanced a header against the bar from a Jack Watts corner, and Matt Richards wasn't far away with a dipping volley. Sheffield then began to attack with skill and pace and Lloyd Allinson was quick to react to dash out and block Roney's close range shot. Woolley then fired wide from the edge of the area, and Ryan Wilson was perfectly placed to head away a free kick from under his own bar as the visitors continued to impress. Laurie Wilson headed wide as the Robins tried to respond, and they soon got their noses in front. On 26 minutes James Cullingworth's cross was perfectly met by Gary Ricketts whose downward header gave Mimms no chance. Seven minutes later it was two. Richards' cross was just too high for Ricketts to head goalwards but as the ball looped into the air Watts ran in to place a perfect header in off the far post. Ilkeston were now in control but the tide really turned in their favour three minutes before the break when Higginson's rush of blood and anger towards Laurie Wilson led to a red card for violent conduct. The Robins could easily have added another before half-time as a Ricketts effort was cleared off the line.
Ilkeston were rampant in the second half. Goal number three came on 53 minutes when Watts got free down the right and his low cross was flicked in beautifully at the near post by Daryll Thomas. Six minutes later Thomas crossed a dangerous low ball from the left and Varley was helpless as he could only slide the ball past his own 'keeper. The Robins' fifth arrived in the 63rd minute when Watts released Thomas who slammed a rising shot inside the near post, and such was their dominance that more goals seemed likely. Substitute James Reid shot wide from a good position before the sixth goal came on 77 minutes. Cullingworth's cross was headed against the woodwork by Ricketts and substitute Francis Green was left with the easiest of finishes. Green then was denied by a superb fingertip save by Mimms but the 'keeper could do nothing to prevent Matt Richards perfectly placed curler from 12 yards from finding the target for the seventh eight minutes from time.
48 hours later Leek Town beat Carlton Town on penalties following a period of extra-time, the perfect outcome for Ilkeston, as this meant they would face Leek in the final on the New Manor Ground.
Line-up: 1.Lloyd Allinson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts (James Reid 67), 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (Francis Green 69), 11.Will McCall (Sam Duncum 71). subs not used: Joe Wilcox, Josh Hill   

28TH APRIL 2012
GOING UP!

ILKESTON FC 2 LEEK TOWN 0 (NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE SOUTH PLAY-OFF FINAL)
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Matt Richards is congratulated after firing Ilkeston ahead
The Robins had a long wait to make the breakthrough they deserved but their dominance throughout meant they were worthy winners. Roared on by the 1670 crowd they dominated possession in the first half but most of their efforts were restricted to long range strikes as they struggled to break down their defensive minded opponents. Will McCall cut in and shot just wide early on before Leek's Grice's shot was too high with their only serious goal attempt of the half. The Robins were frustrated as Gary Ricketts shot over as did Ryan Wilson with a volley, Laurie Wilson dragged his shot from range well wide, Ryan Wilson's fierce shot narrowly missed the target and Daryll Thomas put a header wide. As the first half headed towards its close Jack Watts headed wide, Ricketts headed over, and Watts had a shot defelected over the bar.
Ilkeston finally tested Leek 'keeper Chapman early in the second half who did well to react quickly to Dan Partridge's stabbed effort from 12 yards. Watts headed wide and Ricketts headed over as they continued to dominate without finding the killer finish. It finally came on 70 minutes when James Cullingworth's deep cross was collected by Ricketts who laid the ball back to Matt Richards who stroked the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards. Two minutes later Ricketts robbed Haddrell on halfway and raced towards the area before Thomas took over and fired a powerful swerving drive past Chapman from 16 yards to make the game safe. Ricketts almost scored when he directed a powerful header against the bar as Ilkeston took complete control. It was only in the last few minutes that Leek posed a threat, substitute Johnson's low shot bringing a fine fingertip save from Lloyd Allinson, and Millar put a free header from a corner wide of the post. It was too little too late from the visitors and minutes later Ilkeston were celebrating.
Line-up: 1.Lloyd Allinson, 2.James Cullingworth, 3.Ryan Wilson, 4.Laurie Wilson, 5.Dan Partridge, 6.Russell Cooke, 7.Jack Watts, 8.Matt Richards, 9.Gary Ricketts, 10.Daryll Thomas (Francis Green 83), 11.Will McCall (James Reid 79). subs not used: Joe Wilcox, Josh Hill, Sam Duncum   


2011/12 CENTRAL CONFERENCE RESERVES LEAGUE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 ILKESTON FC 10 8 1 1 37 9 25
2 Chasetown 10 7 1 2 19 8 22
3 Burton Albion 10 5 0 5 13 18 15
4 Bromsgrove Sporting 10 4 0 6 33 20 12
5 Eastwood Town 10 2 1 7 13 37 8
6 FCV Reds 10 1 2 7 14 37 5

2011/12 CENTRAL CONFERENCE RESERVES LEAGUE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT POS SCORERS
10 OCT Eastwood Town W4-1 1 OSEI-SIRIBOUR 2, LOMAX, JAMES
18 OCT  FOOTBALL CV REDS D3-3  WAITE 2, WISDOM 
28 NOV Burton Albion W4-1 3 WILLIAMS 3, ATWAL 
05 DEC  CHASETOWN  W2-0  OSEI-SIRIBOUR, WAITE 
15 DEC  Bromsgrove Sporting  W2-0  PARKER, WISDOM 
21 FEB  BROMSGROVE SPORTING W2-1 1 WAITE, JAMES
2 MAR  BURTON ALBION  W3-0  WISDOM 2, OG 
9 MAR  FCV Reds  W4-0  JAMES 2, OSEI-SIRIBOUR, WISDOM 
5 APR  EASTWOOD TOWN W12-0  OSEI-SIRIBOUR 4, MAGUIRE 2, CLARKE-ADAMS 2, MCCALL 2, HILL, ROBINSON 
24 APR  Chasetown L1-3  1  WOODWARD 

notes:
21 FEB: Match played at Bromsgrove.


2011/12 CENTRAL CONFERENCE RESERVES LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
GROUP 03 NOV Eastwood Town W7-1 LOMAX 3, ROBINSON, PARKER, WISDOM, JAMES
GROUP 21 NOV Brook House College W8-0 WISDOM 3, CARTY 2, HARROP, PALMER, COLCLOUGH
GROUP 12 JAN EASTWOOD TOWN W3-1 PEEL, WISDOM, WILCOX
GROUP 16 FEB BROOK HOUSE COLLEGE D1-1 TOBIN
SF 30 APR TRESHAM COLLEGE ACADEMY W4-2 OSEI-SIRIBOUR 3, PEEL
F 2 MAY CHASETOWN W3-2 CARTY, OSEI-SIRIBOUR 2 


2011/12 FOOTBALL CONFERENCE YOUTH ALLIANCE NORTH DIVISION FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Gateshead 18 12 3 3 54 15 39
2 ILKESTON FC 18 12 3 3 60 25 39
3 FC Halifax Town 18 12 2 4 38 24 38
4 Mansfield Town 18 9 6 3 44 24 33
5 Newcastle Town 18 7 3 8 32 42 24
6 Fleetwood Town 18 7 2 9 31 35 23
7 MMU Newcastle 18 7 1 10 24 37 22
8 Birmingham City Blues 18 3 7 8 23 30 16
9 Boston United 18 4 3 11 30 49 15
10 Stalybridge Celtic 18 1 2 15 20 75 5

2011/12 FOOTBALL CONFERENCE YOUTH ALLIANCE NORTH DIVISION RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT POS SCORERS
14 SEP GATESHEAD W3-1 4 WISDOM, WAITE 2
28 SEP Mansfield Town  D2-2  BURTON, WALLACE 
7 OCT MMU NEWCASTLE  W4-0  DAWKINS, MELLADAY, ATWAL, LOMAX 
12 OCT NEWCASTLE TOWN  L3-4  1 TOBIN 2, LOMAX
26 OCT  Boston United  W4-2  WAITE 2, WISDOM, CARTY 
2 NOV  FLEETWOOD TOWN  W4-1  1  BAKER, CARTY, WILLIAMS, WAITE (PEN) 
9 NOV  MMU Newcastle  L1-3  3  WILLIAMS 
16 NOV  Stalybridge Celtic  W2-0  CARTY, STATHAM 
25 NOV  BIRMINGHAM CITY BLUES  W3-1  HARROP, ONIONS, CARTY 
30 NOV  FC Halifax Town  W5-1  1  CARTY 3, WAITE, WALLACE 
14 DEC  Gateshead  L0-4  1   
25 JAN  MANSFIELD TOWN  D4-4  2  OG, WISDOM 2, CARTY (PEN) 
7 MAR FC HALIFAX TOWN D2-2  4  WISDOM (PEN), CRAIG 
21 MAR  Birmingham City Blues W2-0  LOMAX, WILLIAMS 
12 APR STALYBRIDGE CELTIC W7-0  MELLADAY, ONIONS, OG, WALTERS, WILLIAMS 2, WISDOM 
18 APR Newcastle Town W6-0 3 ONIONS, BURTON, WISDOM, GORDON, MELLADAY, CARTY
20 APR BOSTON UNITED W7-0 3 CARTY 2, GORDON, LOMAX, ONIONS 2, WISDOM
25 APR Fleetwood Town W1-0 1 BAKER


2011/12 NORTH-MIDLANDS UNDER-19 LEAGUE DIVISION THREE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 ILKESTON FC 14 12 0 2 66 17 36
2 Dunkirk 14 11 1 2 56 22 34
3 Carlton Town 14 9 3 2 56 26 30
4 Buxton 14 6 2 6 30 39 20
5 Dinnington Town 14 4 3 7 40 47 15
6 Blidworth Welfare 14 4 2 8 29 40 14
7 FM Sport Dinnington 14 1 3 10 14 61 6
8 Maltby Main 14 1 2 11 17 56 5


2011/12 NORTH-MIDLANDS UNDER-19 LEAGUE DIVISION THREE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT POS SCORERS
8 SEP Dinnington Town W1-0 3 LOMAX
14 SEP CARLTON TOWN W5-3 2 WALLACE 2, WOODWARD, WALTERS, ATWAL
21 SEP Maltby Main W6-1 1 LOMAX, OG, WOODWARD, TATHAM, BAINES 2
27 SEP Blidworth Welfare L1-3 1 PARKER
5 OCT DUNKIRK W3-1 1 DAWKINS, HARROP, PARKER
20 OCT FM Sport Dinnington W4-1 1 LOMAX, TATHAM, DAWKINS, OG
27 OCT Buxton W10-0 1 LOMAX 4, DAWKINS 3, BAKER, MEEHAN, GORDON
9 NOV BLIDWORTH WELFARE W3-1 1 ONIONS, PARKER, STOREY 
16 NOV  MALTBY MAIN  W9-0  1  WALTERS 3, WOODWARD, TOBIN, CRAIG, ASUMANG-HAYLES 2, ANGLESEY 
21 NOV  Dunkirk  L2-3  PARKER, ASUMANG-HAYLES 
11 JAN  DINNINGTON TOWN  W7-0  PARKER, CARTY 4, ATWAL, DAWKINS 
25 JAN  BUXTON  W4-1  PARKER, TOBIN, LOMAX 2 
16 FEB  Carlton Town  W4-3  WILLIAMS 3, WISDOM 
29 FEB FM SPORT DINNINGTON W7-0 1 OG, ZISARUK-GIBSON, CARTY, JAMES, ATWAL, LOMAX, WALTERS



2011/12 NORTH MIDLANDS UNDER-19 LEAGUE MINI SHIELD RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT POS SCORERS
GROUP H 31 AUG  PINXTON D1-1 1 WOODWARD
GROUP H 22 MAR  TEVERSAL  W3-1  WALTERS 2, WOODWARD 
GROUP H 29 MAR  Pinxton  W2-1  LOMAX 2 
GROUP H 4 APR Teversal PP 1  
QF 13 APR Dunkirk L1-5 HARROP

notes:
4 Apr: Match postponed due to snow. The League committee controversially refused to sanction a re-match because of time constraints even though both clubs had a chance of qualifying for the last eight. As leaders of the group Ilkeston FC were allowed to progress to the Quarter-Final stage.