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Review of 2018

By Dave Morley

Busy, successful year for the club

After a first calendar year since the latest club expansion, a lot has happened. There have been 125 matches across 5 teams, 67 wins, 12 draws and 46 defeats, 377 goals scored, 307 conceded. Stats do not include summer tournament matches.

There have been three league championships and subsequent promotions, a cup win, a relegation, a junior tournament win and runner up.

The club hosted a junior tournament for the first time in the summer, where over 350 players, in 34 teams over 3 junior age groups played over 75 matches on 6 pitches, helped out by over 20 fantastic volunteers and 9 brilliant referees.

First Team

2018 began with a visit to Field Lane in the DCFA Senior Sunday Cup. This ended in a 7-0 defeat and was the only game in January.

February began promisingly, with a 4-3 away win against Stanton.This was immediately knocked back with a 4-2 home defeat against Grange Park. With no match for another six weeks due to the awful weather, a chance at revenge against West Park was the next match. This chance was taken in a 3-1 win. Four days later, Robson Grey scored the only goal in a 3-1 away defeat to Long Eaton TNI, followed by a 4-1 away defeat to Cat and Fiddle. A three match unbeaten run followed in the remainder of April, including a 1-0 home win over Steamboat and a 3-3 home draw with Long Eaton TNI, followed by a 1-1 away draw at FC Wilmot. A final game away against Castle ended in a 6-0 defeat and a sixth place finish in the Long Eaton Sunday League Premier Division for 2017-2018.

The 2018-2019 season started with hope as two wins and four goals came from the first two matches in all competitions. This, sadly, was the only high point in what was to be a poor season. The next nine matches saw 12 goals scored and 49 conceded, resulting in a three month losing streak. A 13-1 win over Railway Rovers in the Harry Chilton Trophy in December gave them a break, before a heavy 6-1 home defeat against Benjamin Smith, two days before Christmas.

Record for 2018 is as follows

P W D L GF GA Diff
Total 24 7 2 15 51 93 -42
Home 10 4 1 5 25 23 2
Away 14 3 1 10 26 70 -44

Top Scorer for 2018 is Robson Grey with 6


The reserves managed to fit in 3 matches in January, in which, there was a 1-0 win over Stapleford Town, followed by an away 3-2 defeat against the same opposition, finished off with a 1-1 draw with Long Eaton Magpies. A match at either end of February saw a 4-2 away defeat against Erewash 2012 and a 4-0 home win against West Park. A six match unbeaten run then came through March and April, where evening matches had to be played due to the postponed matches over winter. A 4-4 home draw with MH United was followed by wins against Stenson Reserves (9-1), Shardlow St James (2-1), Steambot Reserves (1-0) and Argosy (4-1). The season ended with a 1-0 defeat against eventual runners up, West Hallam and a shocking 10-3 defeat against Jolly Anglers. Had it not been for these two results, the team would have finished the season 3rd, but had to settle for 4th.

With addition of new players over the summer, the team started the 2018-19 season with a lot of hope. Four straight league wins with no goals conceded was the reward, although a defeat in the Harry Chilton Trophy against division 1 Lovell was included in this run. A 9-0 away start against Steamboat Reserves was followed by a 2-0 away win over Stenson Reserves. Following this was a 10-0 home win over Shardlow St James Reserves before a narrow 3-2 defeat against Stumble Inn. A 5-0 away win over Railway Rovers lead to a penalties victory over Codnor Athletic in the Derbyshire Cup having finished 4-4 at the end of extra time. Then came the blip of the year with back to back defeats. Firstly, 2-1 against Red Harrows away and the 1-0 at home against West Park. Next was a 2-1 away victory over Sleetmoor United Cobras in the Derbyshire Cup, before a home win of 6-1 against MH United. Three more clean sheets followed in a 13-0 win over Railway Rovers, and 2-0 wins over Sportsman and division 1 Alvaston United in the Derbyshire Cup. A four week break did the team no favours, who on their return, lost 2-0 against Stapleford Town. Normal service was resumed with a 4-1 away win over Shardlow St James Reserves just before Christmas, before rounding off the year with a hard fought 2-1 away win over MH United. Twenty eight matches over the year has seen a record amount of goals scored for the team, and also nine clean sheets.

Record for 2018 is as follows

P W D L GF GA Diff
Total 28 18 2 8 97 44 53
Home 17 10 2 5 63 32 31
Away 11 8 0 3 34 12 22

Top scorer for 2018 is Mason Proctor-Smith with 19 goals in 12 matches. With another 4 matches for the first team.


The veterans continued where they left off from 2017 with a 12-1 away win over Shardlow St James, followed by 6-0 at home against Stratford Haven. February saw 4-3 against Hilton Harries, and 4-1 against Brampton. With no matches in March, every weekend in April was taken up with matches. These came with a 4-0 home win over Mickleover RBL, a 9-0 away win over Priory Celtic, 2-1 over Kimberley Miners Welfare in the cup semi final and wrapped up the league championship with a 5-2 away win over Holbrook Sports. The team then completed a league and cup double with a stunning 10-1 victory over Eastwood Community Football Club at Eagle Valley.

A fantastic achievement by Ilkeston’s only veterans team in their first season in existence. Having dropped two points all season, scoring 90 goals in 16 matches and conceding only 22, a season of total dominance was rewarded with two pieces of silverware.

2018-19 season started in much the same way as the last season finished even following promotion. A 2-0 home win over Redhill was followed up by a 6-4 win away against Riverside. Mickleover RBL then went down 3-1 followed by 9-1 away against Punjab United. A bad tempered match against AFC Bulwell ended in a 2-1 win for Kirk Hallam, followed by 3-1 away against Beeston Old Boys and then at home against Crown Inn Beeston for 2-1 and a 16 match 100% record. This came crashing down with a 1-0 away defeat against Edwalton Cavaliers and a home cup defeat to Basford United in what was a fantastic close encounter, finishing 4-3.

Finishing 2018 with two trophies, a good performance against last years Premier division champions and sitting top of the league leaves the team in a good place going into 2019.

Record for 2018 is as follows

P W D L GF GA Diff
Total 18 16 0 2 86 14 72
Home 7 6 0 1 27 7 20
Away 11 10 0 1 59 7 52

Top scorer for 2018 is Nick Ghislanzoni with 15 goals.

Under 18’s

The under 18’s went through a tough time in their first year of existence, being in a tough position in what was a physical league. They began 2018 with a 2-1 home defeat against Bingham Town, followed by a heavy 9-1 home lost against West Bridgford Chilli Peppers. After this, was an away cup match against Blidworth Welfare Black, from division one and being sent home again after a 15-0 defeat. A 1-1 home draw against East Leake Bantams gave them hope before five straight league defeats. 3-2 against Market Warsop Warriors, 2-1 against Ruddington Village Colts, 8-1 against West Bridgford Chilli Peppers, 7-1 against Netherfield Boys Blue and 2-1 against Southwell City Lions knocked the boys confidence on every occasion. The final three matches of the season represented a massive turnaround for the boys as they won three out of three to round off the season. 3-2 away against Beeston Town, followed by 4-1 at home over local rivals Ilkeston Town and finally 2-1 over Beeston FC in what was the last match played at Kirk Hallam school.

The boys finished the 2017-18 season third from bottom of division 3 in the Notts Youth League. Progress was made and they have strengthened over the summer.

The 2018-2019 season started by making it five wins in a row over the two seasons. A 6-3 home win over Kimberley Miners Welfare in a friendly was followed by 2-0 over Eastwood at home in the league. They then went three without a win as a 3-2 away loss to Market Warsop Warriors represented a massive improvement on the season before, as did a 2-2 home draw against Netherfield Boys Blue. This was followed by a disappointing 3-1 defeat against East Leake Bantams. Next came a 3-2 win over Riverside, before losing a cup match on penalties against Eastwood. The end of October signalled the start of a fantastic 8 game unbeaten run, 10 over normal time. First came a 2-0 home win over Ruddington Village Colts, then draws against Stanton Ilkeston (1-1), Ripley Town (2-2), Eastwood (2-2) and Market Warsop Warriors (3-3). Straight wins against Netherfield Boys Blue (5-2), East Leake Bantams (6-2) and again, Riverside (4-2). The boys finished 2018 with a5-2 home defeat to Wollaton & Bramcote.

Record for 2018 is as follows

P W D L GF GA Diff
Total 28 10 6 12 44 88 -44
Home 16 7 3 6 28 43 -15
Away 12 3 3 6 16 45 -29

Top scorer for 2018 was Daniel Stokes with 13.

Under 12’s

The under 12’s had just won the YEL Winter division 3 Red, seeing them promoted into Spring division 2. 2018 saw them play two cup matches before anything else. A 6-2 home win over Hucknall Sports was followed up with a 4-3 away win against Gedling Southbank Blue. The beginning of February signalled the start of the spring league season and the boys carried on where they left off with a stunning 6-3 away win over Ruddington Village Colts. With 5 players all struck down with illness, the team then crashed out of the cup 2-1 against Cotgrave, having held onto a 1-0 lead until the last five minutes of the match. The following week, with players back, Cotgrave visited Kirk Hallam and were sent packing on the end of a 4-1 revenge victory for Kirk Hallam. A 2-1 away win against league favourites in a very dirty game from the hosts followed and put Kirk Hallam in the promotion driving seat. They then had to wait for a month until their next match, which brought them crashing back down to earth with a 2-1 home defeat to Rolls Royce. Then came a six match 100% record with wins over Robin Hood Colts (5-2), Southwell City Saracens (3-2), Beaufort United (4-1) and Warriors (3-2) to win division 2 and followed it up with two 5-2 friendly wins against Teversal and Eastwood Athletic.

The boys also finished runners up in the Southwell City Tournament and also won our own AFC Kirk Hallam Summer Tournament.
The 2018-19 season saw a massive step up in the quality of opposition and, while still creating plenty of chances, we unlucky to get the goals needed to stay in division 2. A final warm up match against Castle Donington, although with a 7-2 win, did not prepare them for the new season at all, going down 2-0 away against a rough Long Eaton United, who were clearly out for revenge after the previous season. This was followed by losses 2-0 at home against West Bridgford Hornets and 3-1 away from home against Mansfield Hosiery Mills. With two players suffering broken fingers in the first three matches, we were left wondering what we’d let ourselves in for going into division 1. An unlucky 1-1 home draw against Priory Celtic gave the boys their first point of the season, which should really have been 3. This was shot back down with four lads missing for an away trip to eventual champions, Market Warsop, who dispatched Kirk Hallam easily, 8-1. A stunning 5-1 win over Ilkeston Town followed this and for the first time of the season, the lads showed what they could do in division one. A 5-1 friendly win over Stapleford Town followed as the boys looked to have turned the corner. Losses to Gonerby (2-1), Burton Joyce (4-1) and Keyworth (5-1) saw the season end with disappointment and the team relegated back to division 2 for the spring season. A 5-2 friendly win over Mickleover Sports Celta and 2-1 win in the cup over Southwell City Saracens ended the most up and down of years, with some ridiculous highs, and some pretty low lows.

Record for 2018 is as follows (tournaments not included)

P W D L GF GA Diff
Total 27 16 2 9 81 61 20
Home 14 9 1 4 50 26 24
Away 13 7 1 5 31 35 -4

Top scorer for 2018 was Ben Morley with 35.

Updated 17:56 - 30 Dec 2018 by Dave Morley

Where next?

December Review Eleven matches, six wins
Big thanks to our hosts for 2018 Ilkeston Rugby Club and Erewash Borough Council


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