Coming into this game, Ilkley will be looking to spark a change in fortune after losing their last 5 games to boost their survival hopes. The Baht’atters are currently one place and one point from safety, and with three home games in a row coming up, they will no doubt be trying their best to try to stay up at semi-professional level for the first time in their history as they look to build their reputation, writes Evan Seaman.
As they prepare for their fixture against relegation rivals AFC Darwen, Ilkley’s key man could well be Matthew Swift who has recently won Non-League Yorkshire Player of the Month for his solid defensive performances.
Despite Ilkley’s league position, a reason for optimism for the away supporters this weekend is that they have scored the most goals, 60, out of any team in the current bottom six in the table.
Whereas for AFC Darwen, they desperately need three points as well to give them some hope of survival as they have picked up just 4 points from their last 6 games.
This leaves them second from bottom and 9 points adrift of safety as we reach the business stage of the season.
However, Ilkley would still need to watch out for AFC Darwen’s top goal scorer, Leon Creech with 24 goals, if they want to get a result.
As for team news for Ilkley, Elliott Scott will be ruled out for Saturday after he picked up a calf strain in last week’s game against Steeton. Josh Parker is also uncertain to be fit after picking up a similar injury in the same match.
Josh Bowers could return to the squad this weekend after a knee injury and Luke Barker is eligible for selection after returning from an ankle injury. Aaron Davis has been training well after missing the last few months with a hamstring injury and is getting closer to a return.