Ilkeston Town v Nuneaton Borough updates on the way.
It’s the last home game of the season against a side that has made the play-offs. Unfortunately, Ilkeston didn’t quite do it but have given a good account of themselves in the Southern League Premier Central, occupying seventh position before today’s game. A big crowd is expected as Nuneaton are well supported.
Ilkeston team:
1 Foulkes, 2 Kosluk, 3 Wilder, 4 Thomas, 5 Errat-Thompson, 6 Fenton, 7 Campbell, 8 Hilton, 9 Lita,10 Wilson, 11 Bennett.
Bench: 16 Woakes, 19 Woodward.
Nuneaton Borough.team
13 Breedon, 3 Charles, 4 Dowd, 5 Magunda, 8 Storer, 9 Stenson, 10 Waite, 11 Mancinelli, 12 Dinanga, 18 Rowe-Turner, 20 Rowe-Turner.
Bench: 8 McManus, 7 Benbow, 14 Noble, 15 Gordon, 16 Chong.
It’s a lovely day as the match gets underway. Ilkeston are attacking the car park end.
[We’ll keep you up to date with Derby County’s vital match at Bristol Rovers. And they’ve taken an early lead: McGoldrick, 4 mins.]
GOAL for Ilkeston. What a start! Leroy Lita scores after latching on to a pass from Tyree Wison. 4 mins. 1-0.
That was a stunner for the Nuneaton fans. It’s a strong start by Ilkeston as they go forward again.
Lita and Thomas are finding gaps. Both have had a pop at goal.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Tristan Bennett latches on to Leroy Lita’s blocked shot and fires past Breedon. No stopping that! It’s 2-0 to Ilkeston. 15 mins.
Two Nuneaton players have a fall-out and have to be separated.
GOAL for Nuneaton. They get one back through Matt Stenson. 19 mins. 2-1. Ilkeston failed to clear a loose ball and Stenson put the ball beyond Harrison Foulkes after a first shot was blocked.
Encouraged by that goal, Nuneaton nearly score again – good stop by Foulkes.
GOAL for Nuneaton. They’re level on 27 minutes. Stenson the marksman. 2-2. Soft goal really. A rare mistake by Declan Eratt-Thompson lets in the visitors’ star man.
It’s Nuneaton who are on top now and Foulkes makes a great tip-over save from Jaden Charles to keep Ilkeston level.
Ilkeston are mounting some attacks but the finish is not good enough.
Speedy Ricardo Dinanga forces Foulkes to another very good save as we approach the interval.
Half time: Ilkeston 2 Nuneaton 2.
[HT: Bristol Rovers 0 Derby County 1]
Second half begins. Ilkeston have only two subs and one of them, Mitchell Woakes, is on for Tyree Wilson.
Nuneaton have brought on Noble and Gordon for Stenson and Mancinelli.
After the all-action first half, it’s much quieter now. No real chances at either end.
Jack Thomas tries a shot but it’s well wide. Then Tom Hilton has a go from a long way out but the ball sails over Breedon’s bar.
Today’s gate: 901.
[Derby still lead 1-0 at Bristol but the home side are pressing.]
Great bit a technique by Mitchell Woakes who does really well to control a high ball into the box, then outskill two players, but he shoots into the side netting. Big cheer as everyone thought it was in!
PENALTY for Nuneaton. 68 mins.
PENALTY SAVE by Foulkes! He dives and stops Jaanai Gordon’s shot. The Ilkeston fans thunder their admiration.
GOAL for Nuneaton. They score from the resulting corner. Cain Noble finds the corner of the net. 70 mins. Ilk 2 Nun 3.
Ilkeston hit back. They’re throwing caution to the wind as they try to respond. A Leroy Lita header is only just wide.
Big appeal for a penalty as Lita is brought down in the box. No, says the referee.
Breedon makes a great save as Ilkeston throw everything at their visitors. Into the last few minutes.
[90+4 mins: Bristol Rov 1 Derby 1]
Dowd hits a post for Nuneaton.
Full time: Ilkeston 2 Nuneaton 3.


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