Martin ready for Nantwich challenge
Chris Martin has warned his Ilkeston FC team-mates they will find it anything but easy on their visit to Nantwich this weekend.
While a number of our squad will be unaccustomed to The Weaver Stadium, the new goalkeeper has played there several times for previous club Port Vale.
He knows from personal experience that Jimmy Quinn’s men will be hard-working, capable opponents and will not give an inch.
We will be looking to get back to winning ways after going down to a season-first defeat at Rushall on Tuesday night.
“I played against them a few times for Vale in pre-season friendlies and we had a couple of scares against them,” said Martin (pictured).
“They are not to be under-estimated at all or we are going to come unstuck, which is what we don’t want after some of the good football we have played so far.
“I will probably have played there more than anyone else in their squad so I will try to let the rest of the lads know what they can expect.”
Martin, 22, has had few problems settling in after agreeing a one-year deal having trialled for Telford United earlier in the summer.
He is looking to firmly establish himself as number one with us, contesting the goalkeeper’s jersey with fellow summer signing Ashley Timms.
Former Nottingham Forest junior Martin said: “I’ve had a few baptisms of fire in my time – like making my debut for Kidsgrove Athletic at the age of 16 and then conceding six on my debut for Port Vale.
“But those experiences have made me a stronger player. When you get a chance so young like that, you just have to do your best to take it.
“I’ve come here to get regular football and that’s what I’m hoping to do.”