Ilkeston FC 1-0 Buxton
Anthony Dwyer’s first half strike sealed Ilkeston’s first league win of the season in a compelling Derbyshire Derby with league leaders Buxton.
The Robins began the game with Anthony Dwyer up front, Ben Morris and Rory Coleman sat on the flanks. Anton Brown returned in midfield, Rhys Dolan and Jak Kenworthy came back into the side.
Ilkeston started with a great tempo and were moving the ball well and looking to get in behind Joel Bembo-Leta and Danny Burns. Mark Shelton had a glorious chance to opening the scoring; he was put through by Haydn Goddard and sprung clear before rounding Jan Budtz, however Shelton could only fire into the side netting.
The atmosphere was electric and Ilkeston created further chances, Coleman’s free kick was curled straight at Budtz, before the Robins took a deserved lead. A great move saw Shelton play a delightful ball into Dwyer who dinked the ball past Budtz and into the corner.
The lead added to the momentum, Dolan jinked past one before playing in Coleman who could only be denied by an important block. However the Bucks began to stir and come back into the contest, Luke Foster and Matt Baker had to be alert to deny Bradley Grayson and Niall Doran making incisive runs.
Kenworthy produced a last ditch block to deny Grayson in the box before the best chance for the visitors fell to Bembo-Leta who could only head Grayson’s cross over the bar. The second half saw the resumption in the fast pace of the game; the Robins continued to make chances, Coleman’s in-swinging free kick landed onto Captain Matt Baker’s head but the ball looped over the bar.
Budtz then pulled out a wonderful save to deny Dwyer whose effort was destined for the bottom corner; Alastair Taylor came close for Buxton with a strike which went over the bar inside the box. The match then went through a flat patch with Ilkeston looking to hold out and restrict the space, Buxton remained sharp and looked to make penetrative runs.
Taylor continued to look bright throughout the second half but his sliding effort at the back post fell wide before the Robins should have doubled the lead, another dangerous attacking move saw Shelton’s shot saved by Budtz, the rebound presented Goddard with a chance, he crossed for Dwyer who mis-hit and the ball rolled out for a goal kick.
Dwyer remained a menace in the final portions of the game, hassling Bembo-Leta and generating runs which allowed Ilkeston to push out. Coleman flashed a late free kick straight at Budtz who was proving to be a solid test and repellent to Robins attacks.
But Ilkeston were worthy winners and deserved the three points in a brilliant collective performance against the current league leaders. Next, we travel to Halesowen Town on Tuesday night, 7.45pm kick off.
Ilkeston FC Starting XI: Durrant, Kenworthy, Dolan, Goddard, Baker(c), Foster, Morris, Shelton, Dwyer, Brown, Coleman.
Subs Not Used: Walters, Gordon, Owen, Jones, Atkinson.
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