Match Preview vs AFC Darwen

Coming into this vital relegation six-pointer for both teams, Ilkley will be looking to continue their fine form, writes Evan Seaman. 

Based on the last 6 games, The Baht’atters would be 3rd in the table after winning four, drawing once and losing once. This means Ilkley are now unbeaten in 5 games in all competitions.

The highlight of this run of form is undoubtedly young striker Kevin Gonzalez’s sensational form as he has racked up two hat-tricks in the same period. 

Ilkley currently occupy 14th place, three places and three points above the drop with a neutral goal difference and will be aiming to secure NWCFL football before the end of the campaign. 

Whereas for AFC Darwen, they sit 18th in the league and 4 points from safety meaning they are in serious danger of being relegated and could happen as soon as this weekend if results go against them. 

However, they should not be underestimated as they are in decent form, picking up 11 points from the last six games and top goal scorer Leon Creech will be crucial to their game plan. 

The squad is slowly getting back to normal, which is a shame as we approach the end of the season. Josh Bowers is still suspended for one more match before he is eligible for selection. The injured players list is below:


Heaton - fractured cheekbone

Montague Millar - Elbow Injury

Garside - Knee Injury

Whitehead - Knee Injury

Fleming - Knee Injury

Bowers - Suspended