On a cold and wet Saturday afternoon, Ilkley Town beat Salts
FC 2-3 in the cup despite a late fightback from the hosts, writes Evan Seaman. 

Ilkley started the game brightly and broke the deadlock early
on when Joe Garside’s drilled shot on the edge of the box from a free-kick hit
the bottom-right corner to make the score 0-1 to the visitors. Simon Armstrong’s
men were now dominating the game and doubled their lead when Tom Fleming
dribbled his way past the Salts defence before placing the ball past Matthew
Keen into the back of the net.  

But Salts FC halved the deficit on the stroke of half time
when their no 9 found himself unmarked inside the penalty area and his shot
flew into the bottom right corner despite Adam Montague-Miller getting his fingertips
on the ball.  

Salts FC carried that momentum into the second half and
equalised when their no 8, Josh Eastwood, sprinted past the visitors’ defence
before blasting the ball into the net. Ilkley were quick to have a change of
tactic as Armstrong decided to take Joe Hendrie and Joe Garside off for James
Turland and Ben Greenhow.  

Ilkley were now keeping possession better and Tom Smith
restored their lead following good build up play from the substitutions. The
away side had a couple more chances towards the end of the game, including when
Tom Fleming hit the post and Salts came close to equalising but Montague-Miller
showed good reflexes to make a crucial save.  

You can now watch Ilkley Town manager Simon Armstrong give
his thoughts on yesterday’s 2-3 cup victory over Salts FC on Twitter and