Ilkley Town AFC started their season with a convincing 4-2 win
over a solid Huddersfield Amateur side on a sunny Saturday afternoon, writes
Matthew Lambe.  

The hosts started the game brightly, and throughout the opening
20 minutes they forced Huddersfield to remain in their own half. However, the
visitors’ defence remained as a unit and limited Ilkley to only long efforts.   

This theme continued until the 25th minute when Ilkley
bagged their first goal of the season, thanks to centre-back Darren Munday. Joe Garside floated a corner towards the far
post, where Munday outpaced his marker to meet it before firing a bullet header
back across goal, giving his side an early advantage.  

Only 5 minutes later, Ilkley doubled their lead. Tom Fleming
cut in from the left flank before shooting into the far corner, but a
deflection wrong-footed the keeper, allowing Fleming’s attempt to bounce in at
the near post  

After intercepting a defensive pass, Harry Brown thumped a
first-time shot into the roof of the net, giving the Baht’atters a third.  

On the cusp of half time, Huddersfield brought a goal back in
the form of a penalty, after keeper Tim Edney received a yellow card for his
challenge on the oncoming striker. The visitor’s striker opted for power and
blasted his penalty into the bottom left corner.  

Determined to mount a comeback, Huddersfield began the
second half with more aggression, and instantly they were through on goal when
their right winger made a driving run, but a great save from Edney denied a
second goal.  

At the other end of the MPM Stadium, Ilkley showed their
class with a string of intricate passes, which were almost rounded off with a
goal had their shot not been blocked.  

In the 65th minute, the visitors added a second
after an accurate free kick dipped just beneath the crossbar.  

Ilkley restored their two-goal cushion ten minutes later,
thanks to a superb goal from Tom Smith. After receiving the ball from Fleming, his
ranged effort rocketed above the keeper and into the roof of the net, rounding
off a convincing performance from the Baht’atters.  

This game was just the start Ilkley needed, and hopefully a
victory that paves the way for the rest of the campaign.