Elks beat the leaders in a fine performance

Ilkeston v Peterbrough
Ilkeston v Peterbrough
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The Elks returned to winning ways on Saturday as a large crowd at the Stute saw them beat league leaders Peterborough Lions in an impressive display.

The game began at a frantic pace and Ilkeston were playing with the slope.

The Elks had to make an early forced change when Marc Moore left the field with a calf injury. He was replaced by Ryan Mills.

The Lions took the lead when some unusually slack tackling allowed them to score the first try of the game on 11 minutes, giving them a 5-0 lead.

The Elks then produced a good period of pressure which culminated in Greg Taylor launching a counter-attack that saw him go over in the right hand corner for a try that was converted by Joel Haigh.

This lead was extended when Steven Fowkes was driven towards the line and, from the resulting maul, Adam Corcoran went over for a try. Haigh added the extras and the Elks were 14-5 up with seven minutes of the half remaining.

Into the second half, the Lions again started brightly, playing with the advantage of the slope and they had a chance to reduce the deficit, but the kick was missed.

The Elks then had several attacks that were thwarted and it wasn’t until the 57th minute that they scored again.

Good work by Falls, Taylor and Quinn set up Jake Lamb for a try in the corner to make it 19-5.

Within a minute, the Elks had added another try to their tally as Falls sped round the Lions’ defence to score in the right hand corner.

This made the score 24-5 to the Elks and the leaders were now up against it.

The next score for Ilkeston came with ten minutes remaining. Falls was again able to show his pace and score in the corner. The conversion was missed but the advantage was now 29-5.

Ilkeston’s final score of the afternoon arrived with five minutes of the game remaining.

Mills emerged from a maul with the ball and went over. Hauigh kicked the extras to make it 36-5 to the home side.

There was still time for the Lions to add a converted try of their own in the closing stages but it was too little too late at the end of a hugely entertaining game of rugby.

And so Ilkeston won 36-12 on the back of a very impressive display with a number of players shining.

Alex Ayers and Greg Taylor were outstanding but the MOTM nod went to Jono Falls for his tries and his attacking play.

Next is Paviors away on November 24 (2.15pm kick off).