• Mark Duffy

Depleted Daventry are dispatched by ruthless Robins

NPL Midlands

Daventry Town 0

Ilkeston Town 4

Campbell 5, Goodson 7, Wakefield 50, Troke 52

Ilkeston Town eased to a comfortable 4-0 win on the road in Northamptonshire on Tuesday night to make it two wins out of three in the NPL Midlands this season.

The Robins made light work of seeing off a Daventry side that had been patched together due to a virus affecting much of the first team squad, a mixture of reserves and regulars unable to cause Ilkeston any real problems through the evening.

Ilkeston did what they had to do and produced some good attacking play to perhaps have merited a wider margin of victory.

Alex Troke fired a shot straight at James Martin two minutes in as the Robins began well, and they’d have the lead not long afterwards.

Billy Bennett’s throw in down the left was returned to him and he crossed for Remaye Campbell to glance the ball into the corner of the net.

Moments later it was two, as Campbell got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Zak Goodson who slammed the ball home from six yards out.

Chances then dried up as the Robins continued to look comfortable and happy to change down a gear thanks to the early lead, Troke’s shot at Martin on 26 minutes the next effort of note.

The hosts’ first sight of goal came on 31 minutes as George Ball turned to his left foot and fired just wide from 25 yards out.

Alex Troke celebrates his goal. Photo: Lee Prewett.

And that would be all else the first-half would to offer with the visitors comfortably ahead.

It took just five minutes of the second-half for the third goal to arrive. Goodson sent a sublime through ball into Charlie Wakefield who had produced a fine run through the middle and he ran on to slide the ball past Martin.

Two minutes later it was four, Goodson controlling the ball well and pulling it back to Troke whose low shot went in via the keeper’s hand.

Troke fired just wide on the hour as Ilkeston looked for a fifth, then Goodson hit the side netting when found well by Campbell.

The game then petered out with the Robins more than comfortable and Daventry unable to muster anything in the way of pressure, the hosts deserving credit for managing to get a side together at all in the circumstances, despite Ilkeston taking the points back to Derbyshire with ease.