Wellingborough whitewash for battered Ilkeston Elks

A HEAVY defeat for Ilkeston Elks.
A HEAVY defeat for Ilkeston Elks.

The miserable start to the rugby union season by Ilkeston Elks plunged to a new low when they were whitewashed by Wellingborough on Saturday.

After five defeats in their opening six matches, Elks were hoping to kick-start their campaign into life when they travelled to face a Northamptonshire side just below halfway in the Division One East table of the Midland League.

But instead the trip could not have gone more wrong as they crashed to a 51-0 defeat to leave them next to bottom with only five points and only Dronfield below them.

Ilkeston put up plenty of resistance in the opening half, which ended with them trailing 13-0 but still in the game. Pete Vickers kicked two pealties in the opening 15 minutes for Wellingborough and later added a conversion. But Elks conceded just the one try in the half, scored by Kieran Checkley as late as the 38th minute.

It was a different story in the second period, however, with Tom Bryan bagging a hat-trick of tries, all of which were converted by Vickers, whose influence on the game extended to a try of his own. Vickers also kicked another penalty, while a further Wellingborough try was scored by Luke Gardiner in what turned into a runaway rout for the home side.

Battered Elks leaked a total of 21 points in ten final minutes to forget.