Taylor tries see Elks keep up the pressure

Ilkeston rufc v Paviors
Ilkeston rufc v Paviors

Ilkeston stay in the promotion chase following Saturday’s victory at home to Paviors.

The result means the Elks are in fourth but are still in the shake-up for the top two, as they are just three points behind leaders Bedford Athletic.

Ilkeston kicked off with the advantage of the slope and were soon on the attack. Good work at a lineout turned possession over and Elks came blind through Jake Smithurst. The ball was recycled and moved right to Alex Ayres who fed Dan Taylor to sprint clear and score on five minutes. This was unconverted but gave Elks the perfect start.

Following a Pavs’ knock-on, the Elks were given good field position, the scrum ball was won cleanly and a perfect backs move straight off the training ground put Greg Taylor clean through to score near the posts, converted to put Elks further ahead.

Pavs kicked to touch and a good driving maul saw them score on 25 minutes. The conversion was missed to make it 12-5.

From a Pavs scrum, Elks produced a mighty shove and turned the ball over, the ball was quickly moved wide and good work from Dan Mahoney and Dan Taylor put his brother in for his second try, converted by Joel Haigh to stretch the lead to 19-5.

Play was then mostly confined to the midfield for the remaining five minutes of the half.

Pavs kicked off the second half and Elks were penalised at the lineout. But Pavs missed the kick to touch and allowed Greg Taylor to counterattack.

Elks continued to press and Pavs were caught offside.

Elks came again still seeing the majority of the possession, one move was recycled well and moved left, only to be halted by an illegal tackle, which resulted in a sin binning for the Pavs offender on 58 minutes.

Elks soon profited from the numerical advantage when, after winning clean lineout ball, it was moved quickly left and Greg Taylor timed his run well to collect the ball and out sprint the defence for his hat trick and the all important four-try bonus point.

This was unconverted by Haigh after 62 minutes.

Elks seemed to relax somewhat after the fourth try and the game lost some of its earlier intensity.

Both sides made silly errors and no further scores were registered.

This week, Elks travel to Kettering for a must-win game.

Kick off is at 3pm.