Dominant performance sees Elks ease to victory

Reuben Elley (with ball) looks to make progress as the Elks ease to victory on Saturday.
Reuben Elley (with ball) looks to make progress as the Elks ease to victory on Saturday.

Ilkeston 32

Old Northamptonians 3

Elks hosted ONs on a cold and blustery day and simply blew their opponents away with their best performance of the season, running out 32-3 winners.

From the start the Elks scrum was dominant and this continued for the whole game, forcing ONs to operate with scrappy ball.

ONs were penalised at their own scrum and when the Elks kicked to touch, the ball was cleanly caught and the pack drove their way over after 15 minutes with Adam Corcoran getting the touchdown, well converted by Jono Falls in the tricky wind to give the Elks a 7-0 lead.

Falls was injured shortly afterwards and replaced by Hugh Smith.

ONs quickly got back into the 22 and Elks were penalised, the visitors opting for the kick which was successful, cutting the lead to 7-3.

Elks responded well and were soon back on the attack. The ball was moved right and quickly recycled, and good handling in the backs saw Lewis Taylor put through to score after 34 minutes, the conversion missed making it 12-3.

Elks were soon back on the attack and following great work by Matt Watkins, Marc Moore and Corcoran the ball was moved left to Alex Ayres who fed Greg Taylor to score in the left corner after 38 minutes, the conversion missed but the lead stretched to 17-3.

The second-half saw ONs now have the slope but following a harsh yellow card for their blindside flanker, Elks took full advantage of the extra man and scored through Greg Taylor again on 46 minutes and then Isaac Taylor on 48, both conversions missed but the lead now 27-3.

ONs tried to battle their way back into the game but the Elks defence was strong and with the scrum still dominant ONs were starved of any real quality possession.

Elks played their way into the ONs 22 with some strong forward drives and Corcoran finished things off to score after 57 minutes, the conversion again missed making it 32-3.

Elks still had the majority of territory and possession but were not as slick with the passing as in the first 60 minutes, and the cause was not helped when Stephen Fowkes was yellow carded on 67 minutes.

ONs tried in vain to get something from the game as it entered the final minutes but Elks’ defence stood firm to complete the ir best performance of the season so far.

Isaac Taylor got the nod for man-of-the-mach on this occasion but it could have gone to most of the team.

This weekend sees a visit to Derby for a Derbyshire Cup match as Ilkeston aim to head into Christmas with another win.