Match Preview: Ilkeston Town (a)

Ilkeston TownHinckley AFC play their sixth straight away game tomorrow as they travel to the New Manor Ground to take on newly formed Ilkeston Town, kick off 3pm.

The Robins were relegated from the Evo-Stik League Premier Division last term and subsequently liquidated, with the reformed club taking their place in the Midland League Division One.

Managed by former Nottingham Forest defender Steve Chettle, Ilkeston currently sit solidly in mid-table in their first season, with 12 points from their eight games thus far.

Midland Football LeagueThey have, though, gone three league games without conceding a goal and have the second best defence in the league – only Walsall Wood have conceded fewer.

That said, only the bottom three sides have scored fewer goals. Alex Marshall (four) is their highest scorer with the Robins scoring 11 times this season.

That is in stark contrast to a Hinckley side who will put Ilkeston’s impressive defensive record to the test tomorrow.

Hinckley AFCCarl Abbott’s side have Division One’s best attack, having scored 25 goals in their eight league games with George Bowerman netting 12 times already. He has been well supported by Sean Williams, Jake Healy and Steve Hart, who have all scored four times in all competitions.

This will be the first meeting of the current incarnations of Hinckley and Ilkeston. The last time the two town sides met was back in the 2009-10 season, when both of the old clubs were competing in the Conference North.

Ilkeston play at the New Manor Ground, Awsworth Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8JF. Aound 600 home fans are expected alongside a strong away following from Leicestershire.

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