• Mark Duffy

REPORT: Ilkeston Town FCB 4-2 Calverton MW

Ilkeston Town's young FCB side twice came from behind to earn their first win of the campaign in the Notts Senior League on Saturday.


The visitors arrived on the back of three straight losses and despite twice taking the lead against the run of play, couldn't hang on to take anything from the game.


Ilkeston struck the post early on through Mo Sillah's low effort, then Ricco Spencer saw a chip saved by Welfare keeper Ash Jones.


But despite dominating possession, the Robins fell behind on 28 minutes when the ball dropped to Dalton Stephens just outside the penalty area and he finished well into the corner of the net.



Ayleal Dill celebrates scoring the fourth goal. Photo by Lee Prewett.


Sillah missed two good openings early in the second-half before Ilkeston eventually levelled on the hour mark, Riece Bertram netting from close range following Mason Lee's low ball into the six-yard box.


That triggered six minutes of drama as first, Welfare regained the lead when Matt Nunn's shot was blocked but Dale Bennett followed up to score the rebound.


Then Ilkeston levelled quickly as Lee turned the ball home from Mazhi Simmons' cross.


The Robins then won a penalty when Bennett was judged to have handled the ball after James Cullingworth's shot had been pushed away, Bennett sin-binned for his protestations but sub Ayleal Dill's poor penalty kick being easily saved by Jones.


Ilkeston kept up their dominance and wrapped the game up with two goals in the last five minutes.


First, Cullingworth slammed the ball home from close range after good work down the right from Dill, the latter then making up for his penalty miss by slotting home on 89 minutes after the Robins had broken at pace and Spencer had found the Bermudan striker in space eight yards out.


By Mark Duffy