Ilkeston Town’s FCB side had to make do with a 2-2 draw as they opened their Notts Senior League Premier Division campaign at Awsworth Villa on Saturday.
In what was the young Robins’ first ever competitive match, Ilkeston began the game the better side and were making Villa have to chase the ball, but chances for Seke Spence and Mo Sillah went begging.
Awsworth couldn’t match Ilkeston’s early energy and the visitors went in front when Ayleal Dill went through on goal and confidently slotted past the goalkeeper.
Ilkeston continued to dominate and created plenty of chances, including an effort which hit the crossbar, and finally got their second goal through Ricco Spencer (pictured) who went around the goalkeeper and finished well for a 2-0 half-time lead.
However, Ilkeston began the second-half slowly and Villa began to gain confidence, soon pulling a goal back as their striker finished well following a ball right through the heart of the defence, although FCB thought they should have had a penalty just beforehand.
Ilkeston then began to get careless in possession and Villa got their equaliser with around 20 minutes left after a lapse in concentration from the Robins’ defenders.
Both teams wanted the winner but neither could find the all-important goal.
Ilkeston starting XI: Watson, Simmons, Lloyd, Grace, Tait, Spencer, Spence, Richards, Sillah, Dill, Hall.
Man of the match: Ricco Spencer
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Ilkeston Town FC would like to announce that half season tickets will be available from Monday, September 21.
They will be priced at £64 for adults and £48 concessions.
Due to the uncertainty, full season tickets will remain unavailable, however the club feels that the release of the half season tickets, which cover the first eight home league games but exclude any cup fixtures, will help ease the worry about not gaining admission due to temporary limitations on capacity.
A small discount has been incorporated into the price, however this decision has been made on the basis of people gaining admission whilst avoiding queuing and the uncertainty of entry, along with assisting in the club's track and trace legal requirement.
Should any fixtures be postponed during this time, entry will be permitted on the date of the rearranged match.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly displaying your full name and contact details including your telephone number. Proof of your concession will be required.
Ilkeston Town will travel to Coventry Sphinx in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The tie will take place on Tuesday, September 22 and will be played to a finish on the night, with penalties required should the score be level after 90 minutes.
Sphinx compete in the Midland Football League Premier Division and finished 14th in the curtailed 2019/20 season.
Ilkeston Town eased into the first qualifying round with a comfortable win over Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.
The Robins began well and after Zak Goodson had seen an early effort saved, they went in front when Alex Troke scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Billy Bennett on ten minutes.
Troke had a low shot gathered by keeper Matty White soon afterwards, before the lead was doubled on 27 minutes when James Reid’s fine through ball found Goodson and he ran on to finish well.
Bennett then saw an effort cleared off the line for the hosts before the break.
The second-half saw Ilkeston continue to dominate, Troke having an effort well saved by sub keeper Lewis White, before the third goal arrived on 71 minutes as good interplay between Troke and Goodson ended with the latter finishing well to secure the Robins’ passage through.
FULL-TIME: Ilkeston Town 3-0 Shepshed Dynamo
INTRODUCING ‘PITCHING IN’ – THE NEW PARTNER OF THE INSERT NAME OF LEAGUE
GVC is delighted to announce that the new sponsor of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian and Southern Leagues – is Pitching In.
Pitching In, is a new Grassroots Sports Investment Programme that has today been launched by GVC, the multinational sports-betting and gaming group which owns Ladbrokes and Coral.
The partnership covers all three leagues that makeup Steps 3 & 4 of the National Leagues System, who market themselves collectively as the Trident Leagues.
England footballing legend Stuart Pearce, who played for Wealdstone FC for five years at the start of his long and illustrious career, has been appointed as the official Pitching In ambassador.
Stuart Pearce, ambassador for the Pitching In programme, says:
“I am delighted to be taking up the role of ambassador for Pitching In, as I’m passionate about the importance of investing in grassroots sports and in developing young talent. I started out playing for Wealdstone FC before joining Coventry City so I understand how important funding is to the non-league game. Grassroots football is facing huge challenges at the moment and many clubs are struggling to stay afloat. GVC’s Pitching In investment will help make a big difference to hundreds of clubs and thousands of players across the country.”
Pitching In has been set up with the objective of supporting, protecting and encouraging grassroots sports in the UK through a range of initiatives.
In addition to financial support, a key focus of the partnership will be to facilitate and encourage members of the community to become volunteers and do some pitching in of their own. A Pitching In volunteering scheme will be established to link GVC’s Ladbrokes and Coral shop colleagues with their local clubs.
In the weeks ahead Pitching In and the Trident Leagues will be announcing further initiatives to provide financial support and opportunities for all the 226 clubs (rising to 240 in 2021).
For more information on Pitching In please visit www.gvc-plc.com/pitchingin
Midfielder Jack Thomas joins Ilkeston Town FC.
Thomas started his career at Notts County before joining Mansfield Town. The 24-year-old was released by The Stags at the end of the 2017/18 season before joining Northern Premier League outfit Basford United on a one year deal where manager Carruthers was instrumental in the deal. Thomas received the player of the season award for Basford in the 2018/19 season and made 34 appearances for Basford last season.
With 60+ professional appearances, Thomas joins The Robins as a midfielder for the 2020/21 season. Manager Martin Carruthers said “I’m absolutely delighted to get the Jack Thomas deal over the line. There were numerous higher-level clubs after his signature and it’s a real coup to get him at Ilkeston Town. We know all about him and he is a fantastic box to box midfielder. He can play in a variety of positions and a great acquisition to an already talented squad. Jack also has an eye for goal and it’s great timing with the season almost upon us.”
Welcome to Ilkeston Town FC Jack Thomas.
We have today been informed that we will host Radford FC or Shepshed Dynamo & Kempston in the FA Cup and FA Buildbase Trophy respectably.
Emirates FA Cup – Preliminary Round
Saturday 12th September 2020
Ilkeston Town FC v Radford FC or Shepshed Dynamo
New Manor Ground.
Buildbase FA Trophy – 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 17th October 2020
Ilkeston Town FC v Kempston Rovers FC
New Manor Ground
Following our recent announcement of our open-day and allowing spectators for pre-season, we have released the following video so you know what measures the club are putting into place. We are currently awaiting confirmation for how many spectators we can allow in for our pre-season friendlies but hopefully, that will be back with us within the next few days.
Watch the video below to learn how we plan to keep you safe at the New Manor Ground 👇