Thu 8 Dec 2022 - 8:55PM
Pitching In Southern Premier League Central, Sat 10 December
Ilkeston Town v Tamworth
The Lambs head to Ilkeston Town on Saturday (KO 3.00pm), having claimed their first league win since the end of October, but still on a 5 games unbeaten run. The win on Tuesday evening at AFC Rushden and Diamonds probably removed a monkey off their back that has been lingering for a while - the ability to take the lead and then lose it,
Andy Peaks was delighted with the result; “We played well for long spells and although we went 2 up it could and should have been more. “They came back into it for a spell just before half time and scored an absolute sucker punch, a great strike which makes it a difficult half time chat. “It’s game on again and with what has happened over the past few games it is not ideal. “But we managed to get a 3rd goal and pretty much dominated the game in the second half, so the 3rd goal made it comfortable.”
“There was a lot of relief in the changing room after the game and it shows how much it means to a lot of them. “They were quite ecstatic, even though they had beaten a team at the wrong end of the table. “As I have said before it doesn’t matter if you beat a team at the top or bottom end of the table it is still 3 points. “However, with the situation we were in it was vital we got 3 points against Rushden.”
Looking ahead to Saturday Andy knows it will be a different game from Rushden. “It will be a tough one and they are in good form at the moment. “They have signed some good players and as we know have brought in Lee Tomlin and also have Henri Wilder with them on loan. “They have got stronger and stronger as the season has gone on.”
Andy shared some team news ahead of the game at the weekend . “Dan (Creaney) has had no reaction to his injury but with him being out for 4 or 5 weeks he needs to get back up to speed. “I was tempted to start Ben (Milnes) on Tuesday but with his injury, I wanted him to build up gradually. “He got time on Saturday and 20 mins at Rushden, so he is ready to go.”
Jamie Jellis has completed his loan spell and returned to Kings Langley, We thank Jamie for his contribution and wish him success back at his parent club.
If you can't travel to Ilkeston and fancy supporting the Academy Develpment side, then they are at home at the Lamb to Worcester City Res. KO is at 3.00pm.