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14/3/2019 11:17 PM  #1


Semi final v Romulus - Live Updates

It's another big match this Saturday with a chance to reach the League Cup Final.  This is massive but I can't help thinking that getting promotion is more important. Most supporters would probably go along with that but there's no reason why we shouldn't win both. In a way the cup match is a welcome relief from the unrelenting pressure of the promotion race. It's going to be a really difficult game as Romulus are enjoying an 8 game unbeaten run. Like us Romulus are also involved in a desperate battle for league points. For them it's about pulling away from the relegation places. Romulus will have the advantage of playing on their own artificial pitch. Ilkeston need to produce their home form in an away match.  Tim Hopkinson is back and we have a very strong squad,  We can do it.

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15/3/2019 10:00 PM  #2


Re: Semi final v Romulus - Live Updates

Live updates as usual for those who cannot travel to the match. Team news around 2.15pm.

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16/3/2019 2:24 PM  #3


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We're at the ground early. It looks like the wind could affect the game.The Castle Vale ground is in an open position and It's very blowy.

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16/3/2019 3:08 PM  #4


Re: Semi final v Romulus - Live Updates

Romulus :
1 Reiss Wagstaff, 2  Chad Degville-Cross, 3 Luke Delaney, 4 Aaron Williams, 5 Cameron Lee (C), 6 Theo Llewellyn. 7 Ryan Winwood, 8 Harry Harris, 9 Luke Keen, 10 Ethan Delaney, 11 Max Loverage.
Subs : 12 Tory Herbert, 14 Ashley Jackson,15 Leon Taylor 16 Dimitri Dunkley, 17 Brad Clarkson.

Ilkeston :
1 Liam Mitc
hell, 2 Lavell White, 3 Billy Bennett, 4 Matt Baker, 5 Tom Marshall, 6 Deon Meikle, 7 Reece Fyfe, 8 Jermain Hollis, 9 Elliott Reeves, 10 Kyle Dixon, 11 Jamie Walker.
Subs :  12 Chris Shaw, 14 Paulo Piliero, 15 Tim Hopkinson, 16 Alex Marshall, 17 Jordan Wheatley.

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16/3/2019 4:02 PM  #5


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It's almost kickoff time. I'm feeling nervous. Straight to pens if it's a draw. Walsall Wood officials are here. (They have no match today).  Good crowd from Ilkeston.  
The teams are out.   Romulus in red Ilkeston in blue/black.     3 02 pm      We're off ...

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16/3/2019 4:07 PM  #6


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Early free kick to Ilkeston just outside area.  Reeves turns it in but he's offside. Walker bursts through but his shot is too high.    0-0    5 minutes

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16/3/2019 4:16 PM  #7


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Nothing from Romulus attack so far. Spoke too soon. Mitchell has to punch clear. Walker robbed when about to shoot.  Ilkeston are having far more possession .      0-0    14 minutes

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16/3/2019 4:26 PM  #8


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Terrific run by Reeves down the left but keeper saves at the near post. The strong wind is in Romulus's favour this half.   GOAL Romulus.  Long ball misjudged and leaves Lukes Keen with Mitchell to beat and he takes his chance.      0-1     27 minutes

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16/3/2019 4:34 PM  #9


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Ilkeston unlucky to be behind.  Rom goal was definitely wind assisted. Good effort by Dixon saved by Wagstaff. Reeves inches wide after good play by Walker.       0-1      32 minutes

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16/3/2019 4:43 PM  #10


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Walker shot just wide. Ethan Delaney does well but his shot is saved by Mitchell.    Goal  Romulus  Excellent move winger does really well crosses and Ethan Delaney header goes in off the post.    0-2       39 minutes

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16/3/2019 4:49 PM  #11


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Tom Marshall booked. Free kick Roms just outside area and it goes just wide.  Reco crosses and Reeves can't reach it.  Great chance.    It's half time      Romulus  2   Ilkeston  0.

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16/3/2019 5:00 PM  #12


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Half time at Loughborough  :   Loughborough University  1  Sporting Khalsa  0

Coventry Spinx 0-0 against South Normanton.

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16/3/2019 5:02 PM  #13


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Our away day curse carries on . Glad I am in the lake District with this crap weather ..

 

16/3/2019 5:04 PM  #14


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Both teams are back out here at Castle Vale.  Tom Marshall replaced by Alex Marshall.    Second half is underway.

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16/3/2019 5:14 PM  #15


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No chances in first 5 minutes. Hopkinson getting ready to come on.  Great chance for Ilkeston. Might have been a penalty but ball falls to Reco who  fires over.  Dixon off Hopkinson on      0-2      53 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:23 PM  #16


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Keeper takes ball off Reeves's head. Great shot by Llewellyn which Mitchell turns over the bar.  Walker shot deflected for a corner.  Free kick Ilkeston 30 yards out.  Walker shoots but Keeper saves.    0-2  62 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:28 PM  #17


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Good play by Reeves but it's not falling for us.  Header off line by Roms defender.   Ilkeston are pushing forward.    0-2     68 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:33 PM  #18


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Sixth Ilkeston corner this half.  Bennett shoots low but Wagstaff gets behind it. Romulus are defending well and Wagstaff looks safe.  Another save by Wagstaff from Reeves.     0-2   74 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:41 PM  #19


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Ilkeston shot hits post with keeper rooted. Not sure who it was.  Romulus players are going down at every opportunity.  But credit where due they are defending for their lives.     0-2      81 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:50 PM  #20


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Wagstaff hss been outstanding for the Roms   .   Chance for Keen but he fires over.  Relentlesss Ilkeston pressure but nothing going our way.     0-2   90 minutes

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16/3/2019 5:55 PM  #21


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Two more escapes for Romulus .   Full Time   Romulus  2  Ilkeston 0

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16/3/2019 6:00 PM  #22


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Loughborough Univ  2  Sporting Khalsa 0

Cov Sphinx  0  South Normanton  0

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16/3/2019 10:22 PM  #23


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We are still riding our luck with results . Surely it's not the way to win a league just own form alone . I know the players know this but with two away games which could mean no points . Worrying .......

 

17/3/2019 2:17 PM  #24


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This is my match report. I can't help thinking it sounds very biased. It's goals that count and good luck to Romulus in the final.

Sat 16th March 2019  -  Midland Football League Cup Semi Final
Romulus  2  Ilkeston Town  0
Ilkeston’s winless run away from home stretched to seven games and they missed out on a place in the League Cup final after conceding two first half goals. The first was unfortunate from Ilkeston’s point of view as the strong wind played a part in it. A big kick out of the Romulus goalmouth appeared to be misjudged by Tom Marshall and Luke Keen was able to take advantage and lob the ball past Liam Mitchell. By contrast, the second goal was an excellent header by Ethan Delaney which went in off the near post. Ilkeston fought hard to retrieve the situation but despite having the lion’s share of possession they had no luck where it mattered ie in front of goal.  Elliott Reeves had the ball in the net after only two minutes following a free kick but was flagged offside. Two minutes later Jamie Walker broke free down the left but his cross shot landed the wrong side of the crossbar. On 15 minutes Reeves burst through the Roms defence but Reiss Wagstaff clung on to his shot. Right against the run of play Romulus went ahead with their wind assisted goal on 23 minutes. Keen couldn’t believe his luck when he found himself free but he took the opportunity well. Kyle Dixon tested Wagstaff with a volley then on 32 minutes Walker and Reeves combined only for Reeves’s shot to go inches wide. Mitchell saved well from Delaney at the other end but on 39 minutes Ilkeston found themselves two down. Romulus wide player Ryan Winwood did really well, crossed from the right and Delaney scored with a perfectly placed header. Romulus had another chance when Tom Marshall was forced to deliberately handle the ball for which he received a yellow card. Just before half time Ilkeston had a real chance to pull one back when an excellent head high cross by Reece Fyfe was just out of Reeves’s reach two yards out.  Soon after the restart Ilkeston had another big opportunity. First there was a confident penalty shout when Walker went down under challenge in the area. The referee waved away the appeals but the loose ball fell to Fyfe about 10 yards out. With more time than he realised, Reco blazed over. Ilkeston had another penalty rejected for what looked like a clear hand ball. The Robins were doing all the pressing but a good break by Romulus saw Theo Llewellyn test Mitchell. On 59 minutes a Walker shot was deflected for a corner and could easily have  gone in. Romulus then had to endure a succession of corners but they resisted all of Ilkeston’s efforts.  A Romulus defender headed off the line as Ilkeston continued to press. Wagstaff saved from both Billy Bennett and Reeves before Jermain Hollis’s shot from outside of the area hit the base of the post with the keeper rooted to the spot.  Ilkeston desperately needed some kind of a lucky break and it wouldn’t come. Romulus keeper Reiss Wagstaff had an inspired afternoon but five minutes from time he was lucky to stay on the field following what looked like a forehead in the face of Alex Marshall. Romulus saw out the game with the usual tactics but In the end Ilkeston paid the price for not taking the numerous chances that came their way. The difference between Ilkeston’s home and away performances remains a mystery. 

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