Blues slump to Ilkeston loss

Michael Williams fires home the opening goal in Ilkeston's victory over Whitby Town. Picture: Craig Lamont

Michael Williams fires home the opening goal in Ilkeston's victory over Whitby Town. Picture: Craig Lamont

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Whitby Town remain in the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone after defeat at Ilkeston.

The Seasiders lost 2-1 at the New Manor Ground on Monday evening, failing to capitalise on relegation rivals Stamford and Hyde United losing to Stourbridge and Blyth Spartans, respectively.

Adam Gell slides in to make a challenge on an Ilkeston man

Adam Gell slides in to make a challenge on an Ilkeston man

Having made a bright start to proceedings against opposition who had tasted defeat in their previous nine league games, the Blues created a number of chances in the opening half an hour, the best of which fell to Accrington Stanley loanee Tyler Scarth.

They were however made to pay for their profligacy when they fell behind as Ilkeston’s Michael Williams opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 26 minutes.

Anthony Hume thought he has levelled for Town but was denied by an offside flag before Williams headed in his second of the game, seven minutes before half-time.

Mikey Roberts reduced the deficit from the spot in the 66th minute, but Chris Hardy’s men were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages.

Town skipper Mark Robinson keeps a close eye on the ball

Town skipper Mark Robinson keeps a close eye on the ball

Boss Hardy reflected: “After a bright opening 30 minutes to the first half which saw a number of opportunities go begging, we really should have been sat on at least a two-goal cushion.

“This however didn’t prove to be the case, and with a penalty given to our opponents and a second goal soon after, the momentum swung back in the favour of the home side.

“The second half saw our boys go about their business in a determined manner which did allow us to pull a goal back and make a real fist of this fixture right up until the final whistle, but on reflection, I believe this is a missed opportunity to put points on the board.

“After the dominant start for the first 30 minutes, this should have been the platform to go on and maximise our points return, but unfortunately with the combination of missed opportunities and poor defending, this didn’t prove to be the case.”

Full match report and more pictures in Friday’s Gazette.