Nantwich Town slumped to another defeat on the road when they lost 3-0 away at Ilkeston FC tonight (March 4).

The Dabbers were well beaten by some sharp finishing and have now lost six of their last seven matches.

Missing influential skipper Darren Moss through illness was a bad start for Jimmy Quinn’s men.

And the night soon got even worse, despite a positive start to the game, when Matt Richards pounced on a poor clearance to rifle home for the hosts on 20 minutes.

Nantwich, without the suspended Josh Lane, continue to threaten with their pace up front.

But it was keeper Jon Brain who had to come to the rescue later in the first half when he saved a penalty from Laurie Wilson on 40 minutes.

Any hopes of a Dabbers come back in the second period were shattered though in the first five minutes, when Ilkeston scored two quick-fire goals.

Richards grabbed his second from a neat cut-back, before Kieron O’Connel fired home the third two minutes later.

The goals killed the game as a contest, although Joe Guest was unlucky when he smashed an effort against the bar as the visitors continued to look for a consolation goal.

Now Nantwich have to look ahead to a home clash on Saturday against Blyth in a bid to get their season back on track.

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