Shepshed Dynamo 2 Ilkeston Town 3
Shepshed Dynamo suffered their second defeat of the Total Motion Midland League Premier Division season. Losing 3-2 in their first home game at The Dovecote Stadium.
In front of a crowd of 308 Shepshed did enough to earn their first point of the season.
Dynamo made five changes from their 1-0 defeat away to Coventry United on Saturday. But it was Ilkeston Town promoted as runners up from Division one who settled quickly.
The Robins pressed early on and Jamie Walker had his effort cleared off the line on ten minutes followed by Brandon Ganley having to be alert racing off his line to deny Elliott Reeves
Luke Day then did well a minute later to block on the line from Walker.
Despite the early pressure Ilkestons keeper Liam Mitchell was called into action on fifteen minutes saving from Liam Hurst.
Walker then fired wide on sixteen minutes. Towns early force paid dividends on eighteen minutes Billy Bennetts long throw was turned goal wards by Ryan Whitehurst and Reeves was on hand to turn in the loose ball to give the Robins the lead.
Like Saturday the game lulled and gave Shepshed the chance to regroup and Matt Melbourne went close on thirty two minutes being denied by Charlie Jemson and from the resultant corner Jake Betts header was cleared off the line.
Ganley then made a fine save from Malachi Lavelle White a minute later.
Dynamo started to impose themselves on the game with Ryan Robbins dragging his effort wide on thirty five minutes and Niall Prenderville off target on forty one minutes.
Shepshed equalised on forty three minutes Chris Acott was brought down in the box and Karl Whymark converted the penalty.
Ilkeston could have gone into the break in front but Lavelle Moores effort was saved by Hanley and then the rebound ballooned over the crossbar.
Dynamo started the second half strongly Robbins effort blocked on forty eight minutes and Melbourne was unlucky as his effort from an acute angle went into the side netting on forty nine minutes.
Ilkeston then had two further chances to retake the lead with Walker and Dixon both going close on fifty six and fifty eight minutes respectively.
The game was now an even affair and Robbins went close for Shepshed on the hour mark and Walker was wide for the visitors on sixty three minutes.
Ilkeston looked as if they had ran our of steam as Melbourne fired wide on sixty seven minutes and a minute later his effort was deflected away from danger.
Hurst then had an effort saved by Mitchell on sixty nine minutes and as Shepshed looked the more likely to score Ilkestons Shaun Rickford was fortunate his header clear just sailed over the crossbar on seventy minutes. Then a minute later Robbins fired straight into Mitchell.
With the game heading towards a fair draw Ilkeston were given a penalty Walker Brought down in a similar position to Acott in the first half. Walker himself taking and scoring the spot kick.
The Robins put the game out of Shepsheds reach in the nintieth minute with Dynamo pressing for an equaliser they were caught out by a quick counter attack with Reeves putting Lavelle White in to slot passed Ganley in the Shepshed goal.
Betts reduced the arrears on ninety three minutes heading home Whymark's free kick but it was too late for Shepshed to mount an attack for an equaliser.
Despite a slow start Shepshed deserved something from this encounter and attentions turn to the FA Cup with an away trip to Worksop Town. Then barring cup replays return to The Dovecote Stadium for yet another tricky fixture against last year's Division one Champions Walsall Wood.
FT Shepshed Dynamo 2 Ilkeston Town 3 att 308
Team Ganley, Day, Wakeling, Whymark, Prenderville, Betts, Hurst (Meade 82)Robbins, Mwanyango (Davies9) (Potter 86) Acott, Melbourne