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Four through the door at Ilkeston Town

Ilkeston Town have signed four new players this week as they look to improve on a disappointing start to the SPL Central season.


The Robins are without a win from their six league games so far and go to Matlock Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday.


With striker Zak Goodson having left the club to join Altrincham at the start of the week, manager Martin Carruthers has since recruited four new faces to help ease a selection dilemma caused by injuries and suspensions.


Striker Dempsey Arlott-John has been brought in from Shepshed Dynamo having impressed with the Leicestershire club, including in games against Ilkeston in recent months. He began his career at Leicester City and has also featured for Mickleover.


Carruthers said: "Our fans would’ve seen him play and score against us last season.

“He was amongst our targets during the summer and it’s another opportunity to bring in a great up-and-coming young player who will score plenty goals, give energy and desire to this team and give us a real boost.”


Joe Wilson has returned to Ilkeston.

Defender Joe Wilson returns to the Microlise New Manor Ground from Gainsborough Trinity, having left the Robins during their time at step four to move to the higher level.


The attacking full-back's arrival pleased Carruthers who was delighted to have him back.


He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to welcome Joe back to the NMG.


"We made no secret that we wanted to get Joe back to the club last season but we fully understood his reasons for wanting to stay at that level.


"The opportunity came up to bring him back to the club and it's a real coup for the club.


"Joe's a player who we know can play at this level and above, I'm glad that we'll see him back in an Ilkeston shirt again."


Also signing is midfielder Dom Solanke, who joins on loan from Boston United having also featured for Stourbridge and West Bromwich Albion in the past.


Alongside him in the Robins midfield will be Portuguese attacking player Jordao Costa, who signs having previously been with Macclesfield Town and Huddersfield Town. He is the only one of the four signings who won't be available for the Matlock game on Saturday.