Elks slip two places after home defeat

Ilkeston rfc 1st v Paviors
Ilkeston rfc 1st v Paviors
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Midlands One East

ILKESTON 20

PAVIORS 34

Ilkeston’s chances of claiming a play-off spot suffered a severe setback at the Stute on Saturday with a 20-34 defeat to local rivals Paviors.

The loss sees the Elks drop to fourth in the table, four points adrift of Derby who are this weekend’s visitors to the Stute.

An uncharacteristic first 20 minutes from the Elks decided the contest as Paviors raced to a 5-24 lead.

Although they did score four tries, three in the second-half, the gap was too great to close and the only consolation was that the four tries did earn a bonus point and kept a slim hope of a playoff spot alive.

A mis-firing line-out and too many missed one-on-one tackles gave the visitors too much ball and space in which to operate.

With a back line brimming with pace and skill Paviors used the advantage to clinical effect.

Paviors took barely three minutes to register their first score when a knock on in midfield gave them the put in to a scrum on the 22. Collingham picked and fed Billam who brushed through tackles to score between the posts.

He converted his own try for a 0-7 lead.

The Elks’ response was immediate. Jono Falls’ weaving run and chip ahead earned a line out close to the Paviors line from which Adam Corcoran took the ball at the back and barged over in the corner. JJ Connolly missed the conversion.

From the re-start Langham and Craig Wallace exchanged punches and referee Mr Sharp sent them both to the sin bin to discuss their differences.

Wallace was deemed the more guilty party and Paviors awarded the penalty which Billam slotted to stretch the lead to 5-10.

Failure to make tackles count allowed Paviors to claim a line-out close to the Elks line. Pike secured the ball and his forwards drove him over, and Billam again added the extras to stretch the lead to 5-17.

Although the scrum was providing a sound base the line-out yielded too many turnovers and Paviors’ next try came from such a turnover after Steve Quinn, Dan Taylor and Marc Moore had established a promising attacking position.

Paviors moved the ball from deep and found the space toput Maugham into the corner. Billam’s conversion was again successful to take the score to 5-24.

The Elks started the second-half with more purpose and claimed their second try five minutes in.

After a ruck inside Paviors’ 22, swift hands from Ellis Hallam, Joel Haigh and Corcoran put Lewis Taylor into the corner for an unconverted try to bring the score to 10-24.

But mistakes soon gifted Paviors another score as Collingham picked from a scrum close to the line and drove over for a try converted by Billam, 10-31.

The hosts pulled another unconverted try back when Wallace crashed over after good work from Connolly, Dan Taylor and Ben Gatehouse, but from the re-start errors again presented Billam with a penalty which he duly converted to take the Paviors lead to 15-34.

Chasing a fourth try which would earn a bonus point, the Elks scored it when Falls’ pass put Wallace into the corner for his second of the match.

The Elks will have to address a number of issues in training this week as they prepare for the vital clash with Derby on Saturday.

Classic Drinks Man of the Match - Craig Wallace.