Up Next: Highgate United

By Harry Worgan

Friday 5 April

Ilkeston Town vs Highgate United
06/04/2019
Kick-Off 3:00Pm

 

LAST TIME OUT

Ilkeston Town made it back to back wins with a 3-1 win over AFC Wulfrunians. Jamie Walker scored either side of the break to put Ilkeston two ahead.

The visitors had to play the final few minutes of the game with ten men after Lavell White was shown a second yellow card. Wulfrunians did make their extra man count and pulled a goal back in added time. Charles Wilson fired in a penalty after Chris Shaw was adjudged to have handled the ball.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser but Ilkeston restored their two-goal advantage in the 95th minute. Kyle Dixon broke away down the left before roiling the ball across to Elliott Reeves who slotted into the bottom corner to confirm the win.

Highgate United recorded a 1-0 win over Wellington Amateurs in the JW Hunt Cup. Neither side were able to find a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes. And it seemed that would be the case in the second half until the dying moments of the game. Jordan Goddard fired an 88th minute free kick through a crowd of players and past Wellington ‘keeper Ryan Asson to earn his side a spot in the semifinal.

 

LAST FIVE GAMES
The Robins have won three of their last five games, losing the other two matches.

They have failed to keep a clean sheet in this period and have conceded seven times. Going forward both Lye Town and Romulus have kept the Robins out. In the other three matches Ilkeston have scored 11 times. They have scored four goals in two of those games, against Long Eaton United and Shepshed Dynamo.

United have won two of their last five games, with two draws and one defeat making up the remainder of their results.

They have kept three clean sheets in that time, which came in their 1-0 over Wellington Amateurs and their 0-0 draws with South Normanton Athletic and Westfields. In the other two games they have conceded five times.

They have also failed to score on three occasions, South Normanton, Westfields and Sporting Khalsa being the sides to keep out United. In the remaining two games they have scored four times. Three of those four goals came in a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

 

THE BIG PICTURE

An Ilkeston win will see them at least maintain their three-point gap to second place Walsall Wood. If Walsall Wood drop points away to Romulus it could see Ilkeston end the day six points ahead of their rivals.

All three points for Ilkeston will be their fourth straight league win and their seventh straight win at the New Manor Ground in all competitions.

A win for Highgate could see them move above both Lye Town and Long Eaton United (It is unlikely they will move above Coventry United due to Coventry’s superior goal difference).

It will also see them make it back to back away wins in all competitions and return to winning ways in the league after a run of three games without a win.

 

THE FORM (INCLUDING CUP MATCHES)
Ilkeston Town’s Home Form: P22, W19, D0 L3, Goals For 69, Goals Against 24, Goal Difference 45
Highgate United’s Away Form: P23, W9, D7, L7 Goals For 25, Goals Against 29, Goal Difference -4

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