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STAFFORD R 2 ILKESTON 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Alan Gee

STAFFORD Rangers had to come from be­hind to squeeze past Ilkeston.

Al­though Stafford dom­i­nated much of the first half, it was the vis­i­tors who were ahead at half-time, thanks to Luis Rose.

The goal came sec­onds af­ter Ilkeston keeper Jamie Han­nis had been forced to race off his line to clear from Jack Sher­ratt. His long clear­ance was played on by Ben Mor­ris, pick­ing out Rose.

Han­nis proved Ilkeston’s saviour in the fi­nal 15 min­utes of the first half, keep­ing out Izak Reid and Kyle Perry who also hit the post shortly af­ter.

The Ilkeston keeper dropped a high cross at the feet of Perry but re­deemed him­self with a good save be­fore keep­ing out a close range header from Mat Bai­ley as the vis­i­tors took their lead into the break.

Their re­sis­tance fi­nally broke two min­utes in to the sec­ond half when Han­nis pushed away Josh Gor­don’s shot but then could only di­vert Reid’s fol­low up into his own net.

Ilkeston missed a cou­ple of great op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­store their lead.

It was Stafford’s Josh Gor­don who was to grab what proved to be the win­ning goal when he headed in Reid’s cross on 70 min­utes.

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