Match Preview: Ilkeston (A)

We head to Ilkeston for the second time this season after the original game was controversially abandoned with just four minutes to go back in September. On that evening we were leading 2-1 before the late ‘annoyance’ following a generator which powered the floodlights ran out of fuel.

Matches against Ilkeston over the years have usually been tight affairs; although we did manage to do a league double over the Derbyshire side the last time that we faced each other back in the 2012/13 season.

That campaign saw the Pitmen record a 2-0 victory on the road late on as we moved up towards promotion.

Gary Birch was hoping that the team could record back-to-back victories for the first time in over two months as they come up against an Ilkeston side who are now managed by Shaun Goater.

He said:

“We shall be taking Saturday’s performance into the game on Tuesday evening as we look to build on that result.

“We have got to approach it like we did on Saturday with a professional attitude. We shall do our homework on how Ilkeston play, although it will be a little more difficult with them having changed the manager, but hopefully we can come back with the three points following another professional performance.”

On the injury front, only Jordan Fitzpatrick (hamstring) is definitely ruled out while Tony Clarke (knee) will face a late fitness test to see if he can be involved.

The game kicks off at the usual time of 7.45pm and we hope that you can make the trip to support the Pitmen.

Ground Address
New Manor Ground
Awsworth Road
Ilkeston
Derbyshire
DE7 8JF

Admission Prices
£6.00 – Adults
£3.00 – Concessions
£1.00 – Children
Free – U13 with a paying adult

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