Jemson wants to end year on high
ILKESTON Town's players were urged to push for two wins in two games to get their season upwardly mobile again.
Manager Nigel Jemson had set them a target of seven points from nine before Saturday's draw with Hednesford Town.
That leaves his men with the job of winning at Marine and beating Prescot Cables in the last league match before Christmas.
He said this week: "I told the players we need those seven points and then we will be able to look and see where we are.
"We could be languishing in the middle of the table or we could be right back up there and in it."
Saturday's point meant that Ilkeston Town have now gone four Unibond Premier games without defeat. Jemson accepts that victory would be a tall order at Marine - but the recent double over Gateshead proved his side can match anyone.
He is looking forward to getting a clean bill of health from his squad with centre back Barry Woolley due to have a game for the reserves after knee trouble has kept him out since September 5.
Assistant player manager Martin Carruthers is overcoming an achilles problem and Nathan Winder is available to add competition for places at the back.
He named himself among Saturday's substitutes to give the squad some height in the forward line, as an alternative to the darting Adam Muller and Adam Lee.
"Going forward we are looking dangerous but there is no point in lumping the ball forward for them so we have to be a bit canny," said Jemson.
When he came on, Jemson played a pivotal role - twice clearing off his line in seconds to preserve the point. Hednesford officials moaned long and hard about the second incident, claiming the ball was "a good two feet over the line."
Jemson said he gambled on where Paul Robinson's header would go - and won that bet by heading the ball out. "My first clearance could have been better but I was falling backwards.
"The lad should have done better with the follow-up because he hit it straight at me. Whether I was over the line I don't know, I just cleared it," he said.
Jemson felt his side should have won the match on the basis that they created more chances than Hednesford. And he was pleased that keeper Paul Pettinger was chosen as the sponsors' Man of the Match.
"I feel sorry for Pets because he often gets the rough end of the stick. People have not forgotten Ben Scott, who was very popular, and we have let in a lot of goals.
"Pets has borne the brunt but he was fantastic on Saturday," said Jemson of the man he signed in the summer. Pettinger is the only player not to have missed a game.
- A minute of applause marked the passing of Ilkeston Town chairman Paul Millership, the first time the tribute has been heard at the New Manor Ground.
The visit of Hednesford attracted the biggest gate of the season, swelled by fans who wanted to mark their appreciation of the man who created the modern club.
Manager Nigel Jemson said he was delighted to see the chairman's son Alex, widow Sylvia and the family at the match.
"The minute's applause was a good thing. I think it is what the chairman would have wanted and it went very well," added the manager.
- It's just the thing for the Christmas stocking - cheap tickets for the rest of the season at the New Manor Ground.
Under the terms of the cut-price deal, fans can pay £45 for an adult season ticket and
£25 for a child.
This gives entry to all Unibond Premier games as well as all reserve fixtures. It represents an £11 saving on the price paid at the gate with reserve games thrown in free.
A club spokesman said: "We feel it would make a very good present with Christmas coming up."
And the Robins are also offering children the chance to be mascot for the day. It costs £75 for one youngster or £100 for two.
The deal is aimed at four to 14-year-olds with all children getting a free kit, the opportunity to lead the team out and have photographs taken on the centre circle.
They also receive a signed programme as a souvenir and are able to meet the players in the dressing room.
About 180 people helped to raise £1,700-by attending a dinner with former Liverpool player Jan Molby, now a football commentator. The event was held at the White House Hotel, Kegworth.
Published Date: 06 December 2007
Source: Ilkeston Advertiser