Match Preview Vs Pilkington

Following on from Ilkley’s second highest attendance ever in the league, 455, they will be looking to turn strong crowds into good results when they face Pilkington this Saturday, writes Evan Seaman.

As it reaches the final stages of the campaign, the relegation battle is intensifying as Ilkley are currently 15th in the table on 34 points which is 2 places and 3 points above the drop zone, but do have a much better goal difference than the rest of the bottom six.

In The Baht’atters last 6 games, they have won twice, drawn once and lost 3 times meaning they have picked up 7 points from a possible 18.

It is worth noting that Ilkley’s home form is significantly better than when they have been on the road, picking up 27 points as hosts so far this season while managing just 7 as visitors.

In the reverse fixture at The Arcoframe Stadium, Pilkington ran out 2-4 winners despite goals from Tom Smith and George Gomersall.

Whereas for Pilkington, they will be looking to consolidate their promotion hopes as they are currently 4th in the table, meaning they occupy a playoff spot. However, if they lose and results go against them then they will drop out the playoffs into 7th.

Ilkley’s key man could be goalkeeper Tim Edney who has kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions this season which has enabled to them to pick up some vital points.

Pilkington’s key man could well be Phil Marsh who has scored 23 goals in 33 games.