Jackson wants Elks to cash in on upcoming run
ILKESTON coach David Jackson wants his side to make the most of a favourable run of fixtures as they bid to stamp their authority on the Midlands One East promotion race.
The Elks are third in the table after responding to successive defeats with victories over fellow high-flyers Peterborough Lions and Paviors – and they knocked National League Three Midlands side Derby out of the NLD Cup last weekend.
Ilkeston's next seven league games are all against sides from outside the top six, starting with ninth-placed Kettering at home tomorrow.
"We've got a good run of games coming up, from which we should be able to pick up some wins," said Jackson.
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"We know we're good enough to beat the best teams in the league on our day but the reason we're not top is because we've not been the most consistent.
"If we have aspirations of going up, we've got to be at our best every week.
"If we can do well in this run of games – and pick up some bonus points as well – we can put ourselves in a good position."
Openside flanker Matt Watkins (shoulder) is doubtful after being forced off against Derby but Marc Moore (calf) and Steve Quinn, who was unavailable last week, could return.
Kettering are in decent form, having won four and drawn one of their previous six matches.
In-form Matlock are looking to make it 10 wins in a row when they travel to Towcestrians.
Seventh-placed Towcestrians won their first five home games of the season, including victory over Ilkeston, but lost their last match at Greens Norton Road 34-10 to Bedford Athletic.
Fifth-placed Matlock overcame Bedford 5-0 in their previous outing a fortnight ago.