Belper Town knocked out of Doodson Cup by Ilkeston FC

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The Nailers were beaten by local rivals Ilkeston FC in the Doodson Cup second round at the Marston’s Stadium on a cold Tuesday evening.

Player-Manager Jon Froggatt made changes to his side who drew at home on Saturday, as Jones and Towey came in to the starting eleven.

Belper made the better start with three decent efforts inside 12 minutes.

The first from Burbeary whose chip landed on the roof of the net, before Cotton and Goulding missed chances from range.

Bako saw a good effort rise just over after a volley from the edge of the box on the half hour mark.

Burbeary soon smashed a volley wide from inside the box when a terrific cross by Jones from the right saw Burbeary connect sweaty, but couldn’t find the target.

The second half saw a swing in the pendulum, as Ilkeston took the lead and took control of the game.

Shaw had a strike from distance for the visitors which was bound for the top corner, but Low was able to adjust his feet to make the save.

Burbeary also had a good chance go begging, after staying onside down the right. Then, cutting in, Burbeary curled a left footed effort just wide of the far post.

The goal then came on the 71st minute through the eager Michael Williams.

Hunter found space down the centre and played a square ball to the left to Williams. The number 9 then struck a vicious low effort to near corner, which wrong-footed low in goal, to find the back of the net.

Ilkeston then played good football and took control of the remainder of the game, and successful made it through to the next round.

Belper Town: Low, Jones, Pride, Goulding, Watt (Varley 45), Adams, Cotton (James 55), Warne, Burbeary, Towey (Ross 65), Stevenson. Subs: Froggatt, Martin.

Ilkeston FC: Smith, Shaw (Oldham 77), Burrows, Baker, Wright, Lane, Gordon, Bako, Williams, Simons, Reid (Hunter 61). Subs: Goddard, Hodgett-Young, Kumari-Hill.

Referee: Dave Plowright (Clipstone).