Match Preview: Ilkeston (H)

The Pitmen return home this evening as they look to get back to winning ways at Keys Park in the league when Ilkeston visit.

This game should have originally taken place at the start of the month but due to the inclement weather that was around at that time it led to the fixture being postponed.

Our visitors this evening currently sit second bottom of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League some 14 points from safety – however after a morale boosting victory on Saturday they will come here looking to build on that.

It was only just over a month ago that we last played Ilkeston when two second half goals from Tom Thorley saw us claim all three points in a re-arranged game that was originally abandoned back in September last year.

Manager Gary Birch was looking for an improvement from his side though after slipping to a narrow defeat at Warrington Town on Saturday.

He said: “After the disappointment of Saturday’s performance and result against Warrington Town we will be looking to bounce back as we return home tonight.

“Ilkeston are no strangers to ourselves with us having played them only in February and both teams still have plenty to play for so tonight’s encounter will no doubt be another tough one.”

Midfielders George Washbourne (hamstring), Stuart McNaught (ankle), David McDermott (calf) and defender Joe Ballinger (ankle) all face late fitness tests to see if they will be involved. Jordan Fitzpatrick (hamstring) is once again set to miss out.

The game tonight kicks off at 7.45pm and Strikers Bar will be open to all supporters both before and after the match.

Admission Prices:
£12 Adult Main Stand
£11 Adult Terrace
£8 Concession Main Stand
£7 Concession Terrace
£12 Family Ticket – One Adult and One Child

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