Ilkley Town AFC returned to winning ways in a midweek victory, with a convincing 6-0 win over Robin Hood Athletic, writes Matthew Lambe.
Straight from the first whistle the host’s pressed forward, with early opportunities for George Gomersall and Joe Garside, whilst Darren Munday saw his header cleared off the line.
Around the half hour mark, the Baht’atters opened the scoring through a long range strike from Garside. He received possession on the edge of the box, before thumping his effort of the post and in.
On the stroke of half time, Ilkley produced a nicely-worked team move, culminating with Alfie Heaton crossing into Garside, but his attempt was dragged narrowly wide.
Midfielder Harry Brown gave the hosts a two-goal cushion early in the second half. Heaton drove down the wing, beating the defender for pace, before squaring to Tom Smith. Smith held up the ball and played it into Brown, who smashed it into the bottom corner from close range.
Only a few minutes later Brown doubled his goal tally, adding a third for the Baht’atters. He collected a loose ball on the edge of the box, before dribbling forward and placing his attempt beyond the keeper’s reach.
Simon Armstrong’s side continued to pile on the pressure, and were rewarded with a fourth goal. Gomersall reacted fastest after a quick free-kick fell loose, and blasted his strike into the bottom corner via a deflection.
In the 75th minute, Macauley Smith added his name to the scoresheet in spectacular style. He unleashed an inch-perfect strike from distance that arrowed into the top right corner.
Ilkley showed no signs of stopping, with Gomersall netting in the final few minutes. He slotted into the bottom corner after winning possession off the visitors’ centre back, capping off a resounding performance from the Baht’atters.
This 6-0 result leaves Ilkley in a great position in the restarted league table, with four points from two games. On Saturday Ilkley travel up to league leaders Boroughbridge AFC for a tough encounter.