Match Preview vs Steeton

Coming into the away game this Saturday against Steeton AFC, Ilkley Town have won 2 of their last 6 games, meaning they have picked up 6 points from a possible 21. Although Ilkley have lost all of their last 4 games, they have been fine margins on each occasion and have only been defeated by one goal, writes Evan Seaman. 

Another reason for optimism for the away fans is that Ilkley have scored at least one goal in all of their last 9 games, which means they are one place and two points above the drop zone, and will be hoping to secure survival at this level for the first time in the club’s history. 

In the reverse fixture on the 19th October 2021 at the MPM Stadium, The Baht’atters emerged victorious by 3 goals to one, a brace from George Gomersall and a Tom Smith strike sealed the three points.

Whereas for Steeton, they are currently in 14th position in the league and two points ahead of Ilkley and could extend it to 5 if they beat them. However, Steeton have only won 1 of their last 6 games which leaves them still looking over their shoulders. 

Ilkley’s key player for the game on Saturday could well be Gomersall who has scored 3 goals in his last 4 games. 

Whereas for Steeton, they could be looking to Kayle Price and Andrew Briggs for inspiration who have managed 40 goals this season so far between them. 

As for team news for Ilkley, the players have trained well this week. Luke Barker has returned from injury and Charlie Nixon has returned from a holiday so both are available for selection. Aaron Davis has started training again after a long injury layoff, whilst Nicc Hewitt is also unavailable for selection this week.

The long-term injuries remain Garside, Heaton, Whitehead and Montague-Millar who are all doubtful to play again this season.