Midlands: Ilkeston remain in control

By James Gordon

Ilkeston Town came from behind to maintain their three point cushion at the top of the NPL Midlands Division.

They trailed 1-0 at half time away at Bedworth United, but Remaye Campbell’s 65th minute equaliser and a Jack Thomas winner four minutes from time keeps them in the box seat.

Chasers Chasetown won 4-0 at Wisbech Town thanks to a Jack Langston hat-trick to keep on their tail - though with Ilkeston boasting a superior goal difference of 14, a win on Easter Monday would all but secure them the title.

Both Halesowen Town and Stamford are already guaranteed play-off places, with Stamford’s 3-1 win over Coleshill Town bringing them within a point of Halesowen for the crucial third spot.

That defeat for Coleshill means the final play-off spot is now a straight battle between Belper Town and Carlton Town.

Belper dropped two points having led 2-0 against Halesowen, while Carlton moved within two points of the Nailers by beating Cambridge City 3-2, with all five goals coming in the first half.

At the other end, Histon’s 2-0 win away at Sutton Coldfield Town means Wisbech are six points adrift of safety with just two to play, while Soham Town Rangers’ defeat at Shepshed Dynamo means they are relegated.

Midlands Division run-in

1. Ilkeston Town 84pts +56 - Shepshed Dynamo (H), Wisbech Town (A)
2. Chasetown 81pts +42 - Sporting Khalsa (H), Spalding United (A)
3. Halesowen Town 79pts +48 - Sutton Coldfield Town (H), Daventry Town (A)
4. Stamford 78pts +53 - Yaxley (A), Carlton Town (H)
5. Belper Town 67pts +19 - Loughborough Dynamo (A), Corby Town (H)
6. Carlton Town 65pts +22 - Spalding United (H), Stamford (A)

18. Histon 24pts -51 - Cambridge City (H), Sporting Khalsa (A)
19. Wisbech Town 18pts -52 - Soham Town Rangers (A), Ilkeston Town (H)

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