• Ilkeston Town v Stafford Rangers
Our reporter has a different role at the NMG to…
    Ilkeston Town v Stafford Rangers Our reporter has a different role at the NMG to…

    Ilkeston Town v Stafford Rangers
    Our reporter has a different role at the NMG today so there will be fewer updates than normal. But we’ll do our best to keep you up to date.
    Ilkeston Town:
    Yates, Tom Marshall, Parker, Dixon, Perch, Cox, Brandy, Declan Eratt-Thompson, Waite, Goodson and Walker
    Subs: Koby Eratt-Thompson, Stark, Minkley, Alex Marshall and Loughlan.
    Stafford Rangers:
    Belford, Stewart, Burns, McMahon, Bird, Njaria, Willis, Woods, Payne, Blissett and Anderson
    Subs: Carvell, Ford, Morgan, Onyeka and Maieco.
    We’re underway.
    Stafford may be next to bottom but they’ve created a couple of early chances – one safely gathered by Yates, the other a shot over the bar by Bird.
    Ilkeston’s Tom Marshall centres for Jamie Walker but the header is too high.
    Nathan Blissett’s header is cleared off the line from a Woods corner. A strong start by Stafford.
    [Latest: Forest 1 Brighton 1]
    Ilkeston have penalty shout when Waite goes down but the ref says no.
    L’Varn Brandy is doing well for Ilkeston – forces a corner but it’s cleared.
    Walker goes close with a free kick.
    Then a great shot by Declan Eratt-Thompson is also just wide.
    Then Zak Goodson isn’t far off.
    Stafford appeal for a pen but the ref isn’t interested.
    GOAL for Ilkeston. Jamie Walker crosses and Tyrell Waite’s diving header beats Cameron Belford. 39 mins. 1-0.
    Half Time: Ilkeston 1 Stafford 0.
    [HTs: N Forest 1 Brighton 2; Derby 0 Bristol Rov 0; Wimbledon 2 Notts Co 0]
    We’re off again.
    Ilkeston are slightly fortunate to be in front. Stafford could have had a penalty when the ball hit an Ilkeston arm. That’s life when you’re struggling.
    Brandy’s shot is spilt by Belford but the ball is scrambled away.
    Getting darker and colder at the NMG!
    Ilkeston have the edge but need another goal to feel more comfortable.
    Another chance falls to Walker after good work by Eratt-Thompson and Brandy, but his shot is blocked.
    Ex Robin Jamie Carvel comes on for Stafford and Ben Starkie replaces Goodson for Ilkeston – after an hour.
    Simon Njaria almost scores for Stafford. He hits the post and then hits the rebound straight at the keeper. A close call for the Robins!
    Waite replaced by Alex Marshall on 70 mins.
    Attendance today is 535.
    GOAL for Ilkeston. James Perch scores from close range to put Ilkeston two up. 72 mins.
    [Latest: N Forest 2 Brighton 3 (Brighton’s Dunk sent off); Derby 2 Bristol Rov 1; Wimbledon 2 Notts Co 2]
    GOAL for Stafford. Ethan Morgan get one back, 80 mins, 2-1.
    James Carvell is doing well for Stafford as the visitors sense they can get something here.
    Alex Marshall goes close for Ilkeston.
    GOAL for Ilkeston. Ben Starkie hits the ball home on a breakaway. 3-1. 88 mins.
    Full time: Ilkeston Town 3 Stafford Rangers 1.
    FTs: Nottm Forest 2 Brighton 3; Derby 2 Bristol Rovers 1; Wimbledon 4 Notts Co 2.



  • Wife attends her late husband’s Investiture in the Order of St John.

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    Wife attends her late husband’s Investiture in the Order of St John. A Shipley …

    Wife attends her late husband’s Investiture in the Order of St John.

    A Shipley woman been presented with an insignia awarded to her husband for his work with St John Ambulance.
    Alyson Marriott told us: “My late husband was invested as an Officer of the Order for his years of work with St John. He has sadly passed away and I was presented with his award.
    “An announcement was made on 9th May 2022 in the London Gazette that our late Queen had graciously sanctioned an appointment for Peter Marriott, a local resident to be invested as an Officer in the said Most Venerable Order of St. John in recognition of his services to training in East Region. Sadly, Peter passed away in July 2022.”
    The Insignia was presented to his wife, Alyson Marriott who accepted the award bestowed upon Peter on his behalf, by Colonel Roger Merryweather, a member of the St John Priory Group, on Sunday 26th November 2023.
    It should have taken place in London, but was cancelled twice owing to train strikes – the Investiture finally took place at St John’s Training Centre in Newark.
    When Peter was 8 years of age, he started attending cadets with Lodge Colliery St John Ambulance division in Brinsley. His roles over the years varied from assisting Pete Smith at Brinsley’s division, to become a Trainer and an Assessor.
    In 2001 he took up the position of Corps Staff Officer for Youth. He also volunteered as a trainer/assessor on the District Training Team for Nottingham and Lincolnshire.
    He had already been promoted to Serving Brother with the St. John and had been awarded a service medal for 50 years but had volunteered in total for 58 years prior to his death.
    Recently Peter was involved in training vaccinators from all walks of life during covid and his claim to fame with that he was filmed by a local television crew for the local news.
    Peter has also been nominated for an award by the Community Operations Training Team for his commitment to recruit, train and deploy thousands of volunteers during covid.
    He is sadly missed.

    Pictured: Peter Marriott, of Shipley, posthumously awarded the Officer of the Order of St John.
    His wife Alyson Marriott and Colonel Roger Merryweather at the Investiture that took place in Newark last Sunday.

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