Ilkley Town 1-0 Thackley AFC

Fleming’s strike gives Ilkley Yorkshire derby victory

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, veteran midfielder Tom Fleming’s strike in the second half is enough for the win against Thackley as the Baht’atters made a perfect start to their pre-season schedule, writes Evan Seaman.

Ilkley started the first half strongly and were finding plenty of joy down the right flank as the right back was constantly causing Thackley’s defence problems. But the visitors had their chance as well when their striker went one-on-one with Tim Edney who was able to keep them at bay.

The game had to be stopped briefly after about 20 minutes due to a dog invading the pitch and wanted to be Ilkley’s 12th man! After about half an hour played, an opportunity fell to Luke Barker inside the box but his attempt at goal is well saved.

Then last season’s top goal scorer for Ilkley Kevin Gonzalez had a couple of chances in quick succession just before the break as he cut inside before going for goal on the edge of the box but both shots were parried away.

It was the hosts who started the second half brightly as the ball falls to Tom Fleming from close range before he coolly slotted it in the bottom left corner to make the score 1-0 to Ilkley.

There was a proud moment for 16 years old Callum Bradbury who made his first team debut for Thackley when he was subbed on about halfway through the second half.

Ilkley had a chance to double their lead when Matthew Swift got on the end of a corner, but his header went just wide of the post.

It was a solid performance from Ilkley Town against higher league opposition as they ensured the fans went home with a win and a clean sheet to kick off pre-season in style.