Atherton Collieries v Ilkeston Town.
Football updates here from 3 o’clock.
After three defeats, Ilkeston have a chance to return to winning ways at the Skuna Stadium, Manchester.
After a pitch inspection at 9 this morning the game was declared ON.
Atherton Collieries FC was formed in 1916 by miners from six pits who were trying to raise money for locals involved in the war effort.
This is believed to be the first ever meeting between Ilkeston and Atherton Collieries.
Teams –
1 Defreitas- Hanson, 2 Solomon-Davies, 3 Askew, 4 Rydel. 5 Thompson, 6 Boon, 7 Adams, 8 Fofana, 9 Mansell. 10 Gregson,, 11Patrick.
Bench: 12 Coulton, 14 Fagbola, 15 Moonan, 16 Caine, 17 Lusiama.
1 Yates, 2 King, 3 Parker, 4 Minkley, 5 Perch, 6 Cox, 7 Walker. 8 Tom Marshall. 9 Alex Marshall. 10 Dec Eratt-Thompson 11 Waite.
Bench : 12 Wilder, 14 Loughlan, 15 Dixon, 16 Starkie, 17 Goodson.
Atherton are in back and white stripes. Ilkeston in all blue.
And we’re underway.
It’s going to be heavy going. The pitch is sodden.
GOAL for Ilkeston, 8 mins. Alex Marshall heads in from new signing Larell King’s long throw-in. Great start by Town.
Forget fancy football, it’s going to be kick and run through the sludge.
Declan Eratt-Thompson fires a shot over the bar for Ilkeston.
Then Atherton keeper Nicholas Defreitas makes a good save from Tom Marshall. His brother Alex is getting fouled all the time.
Wow! Now Alex Marshall has been sent crashing into a fence. Yellow card for Jordan Boon.
[Latest: Notts 1 Crawley 1 in FA Cup 1st rd.]
Ilkeston are dominating and the Pit men are resorting to some rough play. Another yellow shown.
Good stop by Matt Yates keeps Ilkeston in front.
An Ilkeston attack is stopped with a goal-line clearance. Great saving header by the defender.
Now Ilkeston’s Tyrell Waite has been booked.
Atherton are doing better – two shots go just wide.
Yates saves well under pressure as the home side finish the half strongly.
Half time: Atherton 0 Ilkeston 1.
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Peep! The second half begins.
GOAL for Atherton. It’s taken them only a few minutes to level the score. Thompson’s close range header beats Yates. 1-1, 48 mins.
Alex Marshall heads just over for Ilkeston.
Ilkeston make a change: Ben Starkie replaces Tyrell Waite.
The game is lacking in skill because of the conditions.
Two near misses by Atherton.
Zak Goodson replaces Alex Marshall.
GOAL for Atherton. Lusiama nets from close in on 74 mins. 2-1 to Atherton. A rare win for the Pit men is looking likely.
PENALTY to Ilkeston! Declan Eratt-Thompson is brought down inside the area and the ref points to the spot.
Jamie Walker scores: 2-2, 81 mins.
Dixon on for Eratt-Thompson.
5 mins to go.
Atherton appeal for a penalty but instead their player is booked for diving.
5 minutes added time!
Connor Dixon – or was it Ben Starkie? – finds the top corner with a blast, 90+2 mins. What a dramatic end.
Full time: Atherton 2 Ilkeston 3.


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