Ilkeston Town v FC Utd of Manchester, updates on the way.
Today;s teams –
Ilkeston Town:
1 Yates, 2 Perch. 3 Parker, 4 Dixon. 5 Marshall T, 6Cox, 7 Brandy, 8 Eratt-Thompson, 9 Cursons, 10 Walker, 11 Loughlan.
Bench: 12 Eratt-Thompson K, 14 Minkley, 16 Jebbison, 17 Marshall A, 18 Waite.
FC United:
1 Boyes, 2 McLoughlin, 3 Hall, 4 Ennis, 5 Oliver, 6 Lafferty, 7 Donohue, 8 Munro, 9 Woodcock, 10 Bennett, 11 Gabidon.
Bench: 12 Davies, 13 Willian (Gk), 14 Farquarson, 15 Griffiths, 16 Jammeh.
Ilkeston (33pts) are 13th in the NPL table; FC (31pts) are 16th with 2 games in hand, so a close game is in prospect.
Peep! We’re off! Ilkeston in red and white, FC in yellow and black.
Ilkeston are attacking the car park end.
As always, FC have brought a lot of fans. They’re the ones making all the noise at the moment.
Woodcock shoots well wide for FC.
Ilkeston’s Jamie Walker is yellow carded for an attempted trip. The ref is quick to show his authority.
L’Varn Brandy stopped illegally as he’s bursting through. Free kick comes to nothing.
Both teams are throwing men forward.
Liam Loughlan has an effort saved by Boyes.
Ilkeston are attacking most but FC are strong on the counter.
Great save from Boyes pushing a shot over the bar. Then a Walker effort is only just wide.
Chance for Gabidon who looks to be through but he pulls up injured. He can’t carry on. Griffiths replaces him.
Excitement for home fans as Brandy goes on a great run. He centres the ball to Tom Cursons whose header is wide.
Matt Yates makes good saves from Guy Hall and Charlie Ennis as FC hit back.
Ilkeston can’t get the ball over the line in a late goalmouth scramble.
Then James Perch brings another fine save from Boyes. His shot from the edge of the area looked goalbound but it is kept out.
Half-time: Ilkeston nil FC nil.
Back underway.
FC’s Michael Oliver sees Yates make a great save from his shot.
Changes: Davis replaces Griffiths for FC. Alex Marshall replaces Loughlan for Ilkeston.
Brandy heads to Alex Marshall who nods over the bar.
A Brandy shot hits and goes over the crossbar.
Ilkeston have the edge but remain goalless.
Home fans at the Clocktower end are doing their best to encourage their team.
Today’s gate is announced: 1,017.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Cursons scores. 63 mins. 1-0.
It’s a dream debut for Tom Cursons, scoring after a great run by Dixon.
That was great work by Dixon, who is now inspired to go for goal himself – Boyes is grateful to push his shot aside.
Hot spell for Ilkeston. Brandy is causing all sorts of problems for FC. Boyes fumbles the corner but he gets away with it.
The FC fans are trying to lift their team. An FC header is just wide as they fight back.
Alex Marshall gets booked for catching an opponent.
GOAL for Ilkeston. Connor Dixon, 75 mins. 2-0.
The inspired Dixon intercepts a pass and rasps a shot past Boyes.
Walker replaced by Minkley.
Brandy replaced by Waite.
FC are not giving up. Yates makes a great collect from a dangerous cross.
Normal time is about up.
Full time: Ilkeston Tn 2 FC Utd of Manchester 0


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