Elks remain top after romping past Rasen

Ilkeston inside centre Alex Ayres (left) makes a burst through the Market Rasen defence during the 45-3 victory at The Stute on Saturday which keeps the Elks top of the league.
Ilkeston inside centre Alex Ayres (left) makes a burst through the Market Rasen defence during the 45-3 victory at The Stute on Saturday which keeps the Elks top of the league.
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Ilkeston’s excellent season continued with a comfortable 45-3 win at home to Market Rasen & Louth at the Stute on Saturday .

The result leaves Ilkeston joint top of Midlands One East having won six out of their seven games so far.

Despite enjoying long spells of possession and periods of honest endeavour Market Rasen had no answer to a confident Elks side.

Powerful and well organised in defence, potent and inventive in attack, this was a very polished performance by the home side that left the faithful in attendance full of praise and appreciation.

The opening score came after just two minutes when good control at a breakdown allowed Greg Taylor to burst through the visitors’ back line before passing to his brother Lewis who beat the full back with ease to touch down.

Joel Haigh maintained his excellent kicking form of the previous week to convert the try.

The hosts soon went further ahead and it was Lewis Taylor again to score, as fast hands across the back line found him in space and he brushed off his opposite number and beat the full back to score, which Haigh duly converted again.

Rasen’s only points came from a penalty on ten minutes, and Ilkeston were quick to strike back with their third try as, following a charge forward from winning a line-out, prop Ben Wells emerged from the bottom of the pile ball in hand having touched down to make it 19-3.

Around the 20 minute mark the hosts posted their fourth try with almost a carbon copy of the third, the differences being the opposite side of the pitch and the scorer, captain Adam Corcoran.

That was to be the score until half-time, but the second-half began as the first with an Ilkeston score within two minutes, Steve Quinn going over and Haigh converting.

The next try was once again a line-out, catch and drive with Corcoran again the beneficiary and Haigh adding the extras.

And the captain was to have his hat-trick try not long afterwards as he drove from the base of a scrum and was again on hand at the breakdown to crash over the line for his side’s sixth.

Haigh converted again and with more than a quarter of the game to play Ilkeston led 45 -3.

This was to be the last score of the game as Market Rasen showed considerable character to take the game to Ilkeston for most of the remainder of the match.

However, despite their best efforts the home side held firm, several crunching tackles by the Taylor brothers combined with a solid wall of determined defenders keeping the visitors at bay.

Man-of-the-match: Jake Lamb.