After Ilkley Town’s dramatic penalty shootout win against Steeton in the First Division Cup First Round on Tuesday night, they will be in a buoyant mood to try to finish the season strongly, writes Evan Seaman.
As Ilkley prepare to host high-flyers Golcar United on Saturday, they will now be able to enjoy a new seated stand of 50 seats which has recently been put in place as they continue to build their reputation as a football club.
Despite losing their last 5 games in the league, Ilkley have their next 5 out of 6 games at home in all competitions which will undoubtedly give them a boost as they aim to avoid relegation at this level for the first time in the club’s history.
Ilkley’s talisman for the final few games of the season could well be young striker Kevin Gonzalez who is their top goal scorer on 18 and counting.
In the reverse fixture on the 13th November 2021, Ilkley narrowly lost 2-3 in a goal-friendly game despite goals from George Gomersall and James Hudson.
Golcar are currently second in the league, and have picked up 11 points in their last 6 games, including a 4-0 victory against Daisy Hill, so will be no pushovers.
Golcar’s key man who the Baht’atters need to watch out for is Ashley Flynn who is on 30 goals at the time of writing. The visitors are 10 points off league leaders Bury AFC and will have aims of promotion this campaign.
After an injury hit season, Josh Bowers has returned to the squad and contributed a healthy performance against Steeton on Tuesday. Luke Barker also returned to the squad and gave us a much needed boost after a 6 week injury layoff due an ankle injury. Elliot Scott is still ruled out with a calf strain along with Alfie Heaton (fractured cheekbone), Tom Fleming (knee injury), Joe Garside, (knee injury), Matthew Whitehead (knee injury) and Adam Montague Millar (elbow injury).