Preview: Sporting Khalsa v Ilkeston Town

Early leaders and Midland Football League title favourites are the visitors to the Aspray Arena on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

It’s fair to say the Ilkeston Town recent history is complex, with various iterations of the club down the decades dying and being resurrected. The most recent version was born last year when Notts County chairman Alan Hardy formed the club to replace Ilkeston FC which had folded under the weight of tax arrears just seven years after the previous Ilkeston Town had endured the same fate.

Effectively dropping several divisions from non-league royalty into the Midland Football League Division One and with a healthy fanbase to support them, the club finished a distant second to champions Walsall Wood but were successful in securing promotion to the MFL Premier for the 2018-19 season.

Their campaign so far has been almost flawless. Eight games and seven wins (including a particularly handy 2-0 win over their championship rivals Wood). Their only defeat so far was a (perhaps) surprise 3-2 home defeat to Lye Town.

On Thursday, Ilkeston appointed ex-Buxton manager Martin McIntosh as manager following the departure of Steve Chettle. Ex-Hibs, Stockport, Rotherham and Huddersfield defender McIntosh chalked up 500 league appearances in his career and takes the reigns of his first game for Ilkeston against Khalsa.

Ilkeston’s front line have not been shy this season – Tim Hopkinson has already plundered eight goals in eight appearances while Elliott Reeves has bagged four in five games.

Admission is £5, £3 concessions/under 16s. Food and drink will be in plentiful supply, the action will be fast and furious. If you need help finding us, help is what you will find here.

Sporting Khalsa fixtures 2018-19