League Leaders Too Good For Young Robin's Side

Sunday 5 February

Despite Ilkeston looking confident early on it took just five minutes for Spartans to take the lead.

The talismanic Robbie Dale was the architect, his run down the left seeing him reach the byline and sit a cross up for Jarrett Rivers to head past Dale Eve and into the net.

Luke Armstrong looped an effort too high on 14 minutes after Eve had failed to collect a free-kick from the left, the same player then just unable to connect properly with a Stephen Turnbull centre minutes later.

Ilkeston's first effort took 19 minutes to arrive, Danny Gordon's shot straight at Paul Woolston in the Blyth goal after Brandon Clarke's cross hadn't been cleared.

Chances then dried up somewhat, although Blyth were hardly having to get out of second gear and the Robins were struggling to make any impact in the final third.

Eve had to then be alert to tip an Armstrong header over the bar after Ilkeston hadn't cleared a corner, but the second Blyth goal wouldn't be long in coming.

It had a touch of class about it, and that usually means it's Dale who provides it. This time, he received a throw in some 25 yards out, turning and volleying first time with an effort which flew over Eve and in off the far post.

Half-time arrived with Blyth having broken little sweat and the second-half began in similar fashion, Armstrong breaking through before forcing a good save from Eve early on.

The third goal came on 53 minutes as the ball found Rivers in space in the penalty area and he finished powerfully into the roof of the net.

The fourth came ten mintues later from the foot of substitute Adam Wrightson. He'd only been on the pitch a couple of minutes when the ball found him following a corner and his low shot was deflected into the net on 63.

The fifth arrived five minutes later, a corner from the left headed home by the unmarked Dan Maguire, who had arrived as sub along with Wrightson.

Ilkeston were reduced to long range pot shots that failed to get near the goal, Dwyer one of those to try his luck, but they simply had no answer.

Eve twice denied Dale further goals, the Bermudan goalkeeper come out of the game with a lot of credit, but the five he conceded told the tale.

Ilkeston: 1 Dale Eve, 2 Connor Walters (Reece Horne 71), 3 Charlie Scanlon, 4 Tom Gamblen, 5 Matt Baker (c), 6 Dante Leverock, 7 Dexter Atkinson (Tevahn Tyrell 46), 8 Danny Gordon, 9 Anthony Dwyer, 10 Max Thornberry, 11 Brandon Clarke (Ben Morris 59)
Subs not used: Keenan Meakin, Jamie Hannis

Att: 389

Star Robin: Dale Eve

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