Hednesford Town v Ilkeston Town
Here we are at Keys Park, probably the best ground in the Southern League Premier Central. Ilkeston will be hoping to keep their slender hopes of promotion alive with a win against their Staffordshire hosts who are currently next to the bottom of the table.
Ilkeston team:
1 Callum Hiddleston, 2 Joe Wilson, 3 Henri Wilder,4 Declan Errat-Thompson, 5 Finn Delap, 6 Kieran Fenton, 7 Remaye Campbell, 8 Connor Dixon, 9 Leroy Lita, 10 Jordan Hallam, 11 Mason O’Malley
Subs: 12 Latrell Patterson, 14 Mitchell Woakes, 16 Tom Hilton, 18 Jack Thomas, 19 Harvey Woodward.
We’re underway.
Lively start by Ilkeston. Leroy Lita is featuring in early attacks. He bursts through but a defender does well to stop him.
A shot by Connor Dixon is blocked and Leroy Lita almost latches on to something – goalkeeper gets to the ball first though.
It’s very much Ilkeston on top in these early stages.
Hednesford get their first corner. Hiddlestone saves Patterson’s header. Then it’s straight up to the other end as Ilkeston surge forward again. The Hednesford goalkeeper is having a lot to do.
Ilkeston are being frustrated by the home side’s packed defence. They can’t find a way through.
GOAL for Hednesford. Ilkeston fans can’t believe it. Jordon Graham scores a stunner turning in a cross. 39 mins. 1-0.
The goal has lifted Hednesford.
Chance for Lita but he can’t quite steer Joe Wilson’s free kick goalwards.
Last scoring chance for Ilkeston before half time sees their keeper fist the ball away.
Half time: Hednesford 1 Ilkeston 0.
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Second half begins.
Good shot on the turn from Ilkeston’s Jordan Hallam but it’s hit someone and gone wide.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Lita finds the net at last. 51 minutes. His 8th goal in as many games is a low shot just inside the post. 1-1.
Declan Eratt-Thompson and Joe Wilson force the Hednesford keeper to make good saves as Ilkeston press again.
GOAL for Ilkeston. We’re ahead at last. Kieran Fenton heads in Wilson’s corner. 60 mins. Hednesford 1 Ilkeston 2.
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A deflection brings a save from Hiddleston.
Then Errat-Thompson’s sees an effort turned over the bar.
Jordan Hallam is unlucky – his shot slams against an upright and comes back into play. Hednesford clear.
GOAL for Hednesford. They’ve done it again. Substitute Glover brings the home side level, beating Hiddlestone with a well directed shot from a hopeful centre. 70 mins. 2-2.
Again the goal has encouraged Hednesford. They’re playing better now, although Ilkeston are making more chances.
Hallam and Campbell are replaced by Patterson and Woakes. Both teams are trying for a winner now. Five minutes normal time to go.
Big late chance for Ilkeston but they can’t covert it.
Full time 2-2.




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