• John Attewell

Ilkeston U19s prove too strong for Basford

Ilkeston finally got their National U19s League campaign underway with a 2-1 win at home to Basford on Wednesday.

Ilkeston started the stronger and Calrick Dunkley gave them a deserved lead on nine minutes.

Ilkeston stayed in charge until about half way through the half and had several chances to increase their lead.

They were made to pay for those missed opportunities when Basford equalised from a free kick just outside the area.

Action from Ilkeston's win over Basford. Photo by Lee Prewett.

At this point Basford upped their game and the match became an even contest with both sides producing some excellent moves, the teams going in level at half time with Ilkeston feeling they should have been ahead.

Basford started the second half brightly and looked to be taking control early on but Ilkeston fought their way back into contention.

With the game finely balanced Ilkeston regained the lead with a penalty as Mitchell Tait stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Both teams pushed to get the next goal but it didn't come and Ilkeston were happy to win a tight match against their local rivals.