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.


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