• John Attewell

Young Robins impress in win over Stapleford

Two quickfire second-half strikes ensured Ilkeston Town FCB took the points in front of a larger than expected turnout of fans at Eastwood's Halbrooke Stadium as they beat Stapleford Town 3-1 in the Notts Senior League.

The first opportunity fell to Stapleford with a header over the bar, both sides making chances early on as they jostled for supremacy.

The deadlock was finally broken on 37 minutes when Kieran Cummings fired home after a misplaced clearance was intercepted.

Stapleford looked to reply and a good attack was ended by Mitchell Tait. Ilkeston had a penalty shout before half time but the referee was not convinced.

Ilkeston started the second half the stronger and had a shot deflected wide before a Stapleford defender cleared off the line.

Ilkeston then had another seemingly valid penalty appeal but again it was rejected. A curling effort by Cummings was just wide but with only one goal the difference the game stayed finely balanced until the 75th minute.

The Stapleford keeper’s dive at the feet of an Ilkeston forward then resulted in a penalty from which Tait doubled Ilkeston’s lead.

This was followed two minutes later by a second goal for Cummings with a fine lob over the stranded keeper.

With a deserved three-goal advantage Ilkeston looked to see out the game but in added time Stapleford were awarded a penalty from which they reduced the arrears through Jude Brittain.