Nic Evangelinos looked to test Matt Yates early in the Ilkeston goal after Sam Bailey launched the ball forward. Evangelinos held the ball up well before turning under pressure and firing towards goal. His deflected effort was soon cleared by the hosts.
Just before the tenth minute, Lancaster City had a goal disallowed via an offside decision. Nic Evangelinos was again causing issues for the Ilkeston defence as he broke free, he managed to slide the ball under Yates but the assistant referee quickly ruled the goal out.
Ilkeston did make the first mark in terms of finding the back of the net through Luke Cox. After initially being labelled as Sam Parker’s goal straight from a corner, Luke Cox was judged to have nicked the ball over the line with the slightest of touches.
City looked to hit back instantly through Kyle Brownhill but his close range effort was judged to be offside yet again.
In the 19th minute, David Norris pulled the Dolly Blues level with a brilliant header. Sam Bailey wound up a long throw on his right hand side, which travelled to the back stick where David Norris powered home a header past Yates to level the scoring instantly.
The home side weren’t given a chance before Lancaster City took the lead two minutes later. Dom Lawson fed Charlie Bailey down the right flank, Bailey drove forward beating his man before releasing a terrific left footed effort which arrowed into the bottom left corner to turn the score around in quick fashion.
The hosts looked to cause more trouble through the combination of Ben Starkie and Tom Curson. Starkie did well down his left side to beat Sam Bailey with pace, his square ball back across the box was met by the arriving Curson but his powerful effort was only good enough to sail over the bar.
Just before half time, Charlie Bailey thought he had his second of the match after he emphatically found the net after good work in the area. Once again, he was judged to be offside and the score remained 1-2.
At the break, City had the lead following two quick goals from David Norris and Charlie Bailey after falling behind early on.
The second half couldn’t have started any better for Lancaster City and Charlie Bailey as he netted his second of the game with a wonderful volley. Nic Evangelinos worked hard on the opposing right flank, his cut inside allowed him to put a cross directly to Bailey who struck a wonderful volley into the ground and past Matt Yates to make 1-3 after 47 minutes.
The remaining of the second half didn’t reach the entertainment heights of the first half as Chris Willcock’s side defended admirably to hold their advantage.
David Norris produced good play on the right side as he flicked the ball over defenders, Gascoigne esque, his eventual half volley was just wide of the front post.
Andre Mendes was called into action for a superb save in the 85th minute as he denied Tom Marshall from long range. Marshall set himself up from 25 yards and his effort looked destined for the top corner but Andre Mendes dived well to conserve the two goal lead.
However, Lancaster City caved under the pressure as Lindon Meikle was fouled in the area and the hosts had a chance to pull a goal back in the dying minutes. Tom Marshall took the spot kick. It was an initial first save from Andre Mendes down to his right but Marshall was alert enough to volley home the rebound.
The game did finally come to a close for Lancaster City as they held on to defeat the inform Ilkeston Town two goals to three. A superb win yet again for Chris Willcock and his side.
Up next for the Dolly Blues is a home tie versus Workington next Saturday.