Ilkeston’s 6 game unbeaten run came to an end at struggling Kendal despite two debut goals from youngster Danny Gordon.
The game looked like it was to be a routine afternoon for the Robins as they took control of the early stages of the game. However for all the possession they failed to find the killer pass or shot with a lot of the crossing missing the desired target! Despite not seeing much ball Kendal managed to create the first real chance after 20 minutes, Danny Mitchley curling a shot from the edge of the penalty area wide of Chris Martin’s goal. Gary Ricketts blazed a shot over the bar for Ilkeston, who were still looking short of quality in the final third.
This soon changed on the half hour mark as youngster Gordon showed Robins fans a touch a class. Ricketts held up the ball in area before laying the ball off to the 19 year old, who bent a beautiful shot in off the post.
Kane Richards shot wide for Ilkeston after that but there were no other real opportunities to speak of as Ilson continued to be very wasteful in key areas of the pitch.
Kendal, who are fighting against relegation from the NPL, started the second half with some purpose and seemed to want it more and although they didnt create to many chances they did find an equaliser. Zach Clark sent long through ball which Maison McGeechan got on the end of before going on to show great composure to slide the ball beyond Martin to make it 1-1.
But it was the boy Gordon who put Kevin Wilson’s men back in front. James Reid sent his corner to right to the debutant who was left unmarked on the edge of the area and he sent a drive through a ruck of players into the back of the Kendal net.
That’s as good as it got for the visitors though as Kendal grew more into the game.
The home side were denied a penalty which seem to spur them on more than anything and another long ball found Mitchley who took the ball round keeper Martin and thumped the ball home from close range to level it all up. Now it looked like the Cumbrians who were more likely to find the winner. Even the introduction of Bermudan international Antwan Russell for Ilkeston couldnt get them going and they paid the price for the earlier wastefulness in the dying embers of the game.
Kendal, still feeling aggrieved for the earlier denial of a penalty, were awarded one in controversial circumstances. Mitchley carried the ball into the box, twisting and turned against Joe Maguire before pushing the ball past the big centre back and going to ground. The referee adjudged Maguire to have brought down the striker, however it looked a very harsh decision but gave Kendal a great chance to win it at the death! The winner of the penalty, Mitchley, picked himself up and slotted home to give Kendal their first win in 15 matches.
Ilson manager Wilson, was not impressed with his sides performance.
“Supporters travelled for three and a half hours to watch us and we rewarded them with a performance like that. It was embarrassing and I can only apologise.
“It might be near the end of the season but we still have things to pay for. If the regular players think it’s acceptable to perform like that then they could be in for a surprise when the Cup Final comes around because I will play all the kids if necessary.” However Wilson was full of praise of young Danny Gordon. “Danny was a different class. He showed the others how to play - just keeping things simple - and on the day he was a brilliant advert for our Academy system. The headlines today should all have been about him. He certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.”
Ilkeston now have a week break before a home tie with Hednesford on Saturday.
Laurie Wilson in action against Kendal
Gary Ricketts controls the ball
Danny Gordon fires home the first goal of the day
Gordon celebrates his second of the day
Kendal win it at the death!