Ilkeston Town are playing a Derby County XI in a pre-season friendly at the NMG.
Before kick-off, Ilkeston made the shock announcement that they are parting company with player manager Jamie Ward following tonight’s match.
Ilkeston’s starting eleven: Yates, Christie, Osak, Dale, Hanson. Fenton, Dion, Daniel, Lita, Tolley, Lottos. Subs: two unnamed trialists, Wokes and Errat-Thompson.
14 mins: Kieran Fenton gives Ilkeston the lead with a well placed free kick.
24 mins. Dion makes it 2-0 following a surging run. The Derby keeper can’t keep out his zippy shot.
Derby hit back to make it two-all at the break. Two in 2 minutes has stunned Ilkeston. Goals by Weston (41 mins) and ‘another’.
Ilkeston have made substitutions in the second half. Derby have started to get on top. They miss a good chance.
Then at the other end Lita has a header saved. Top stop by the Rams goalie.
Then Ilkeston goalkeeper Yates makes a good stop before Derby make six changes on the hour.
Ilkeston’s Osak is brought down on the edge of Derby’s penalty area but the free kick is wasted.
Attendance at the NMG tonight is announced as 613.
Ilkeston bring on fresh legs.
Goal for Derby on 80 mins. – Brown taking the ball around the keeper and slotting it in. The Rams have turned it around.
Ilkeston try to hit back but almost pay the price as Derby break and nearly score.
Derby do score (87 mins) and they score again (88 mins) to make it 5-2.
Penalty for Derby, 89 mins. Yates saves!
Derby’s powerful finish leaves Ilkeston in disarray.
Full time: Ilkeston 2 Derby County XI 5.


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