Ilkeston 31 Newark 12
Ilkeston made it two wins out of two at the start of the Midlands One East season with a comfortable victory over Newark on Saturday.
The Elks quickly got on the scoreboard from a poorly fielded box Kick, with Kartar Soar on hand to punish the mistake and run in his first try of the season.
The conversion was missed but Elks were 5-0 up inside two minutes.
The next score came from a Newark box kick fielded by Isaac Taylor wide out on the right, and after good work between him, Jay Heath and Jack Partington, Adam Corcoran ran in the try to make it 10-0, the conversion again missed.
Having success with the box kicks, another score came from the re-start which Newark again failed to field. Alex Ayres came up with possession, feeding Greg Taylor to run in under the posts unopposed to bring the score to 17-0 with the Jono Falls conversion.
A yellow card for Kartar saw Elks reduced to 14 men and Newark took advantage with an unconverted try just before half-time to make it 17-5.
Jake Lamb pushed a penalty wide early in the second-half for Ilkeston before Newark closed the gap further with a try in the corner, converted to leave the score 17-12.
Following another solid Elks lineout they extended their lead when a sublime offload from Greg Taylor fed Chris Tipton in the midfield which saw him run in unopposed under the sticks, giving an easy conversion for Falls and a scoreline of 24-12.
The next score came from an excellent build up by the forwards with a brace of powerful catch and drives from lineouts in the Newark half, Steve Mahoney crashing over out wide with an excellent conversion from Falls making it 31-12 with 55 minutes gone.
Newark scored the final of their tries using the pick and go again with ten minutes remaining on the clock to make the final score of 31-12.
With solid performances across the board, man of the match was a tough call, but Kartar Soar’s hunger for victory and stunning contribution gets the nod.
This weekend sees the Elks travel to Old Northamptonians.