Ilkeston 22 Kettering 7
The Elks entertained Kettering hoping to return to winning ways and although they had new half backs, four tries were scored to ensure a bonus point and a win by 22-7.
Elks started with a new half back pairing as Jack Partington played scrum-half and Dan Taylor played fly half on his return to the team.
Kettering were first to score when after making good ground in midfield their centre charged through under the posts, converted to go 7-0 up after 22 minutes.
Elks responded well and finally linked some phases together. A nice break by Dan Taylor was continued by Tom Holland and Lewis Taylor was then involved before offloading to Adam Corcoran to score wide on the right after 26 minutes. The conversion was missed.
Elks were starting to see more of the ball and the pack were putting pressure on the Kettering scrum. Greg and Dan Taylor linked well and took play into the Kettering half where the ball was recycled quickly and moved right to find Jake Heath in space who finished the move off to score in the corner after 34 minutes, unconverted to make it 10-7 at half-time.
Elks’ first real quality of the second-half brought their next try, as a good move forced a line-out and then a scrum from which Dan Taylor spotted a gap to score on 58 minutes, converted by Jack Partington to make it 17-7.
Kettering were starting to concede penalties as the Elks pack took charge and with Nick Gray dominating the line out they were seeing plenty of possession. A drop goal attempt from Dan Taylor fell short on 65 minutes but the Elks were still in control.
The final try came on 70 minutes when Gray took another line-out catch and the forwards drove towards the line.
The ball was stolen by Kettering but they were forced behind their own line and when the ball came loose Ben Wells was first to react and scored to make it 22-7.
Elks dominated the remaining ten minutes but could not quite find that final pass to create more scores.
Despite several positional changes the Elks did more than enough to win and earn a bonus point win. Greg Taylor again played well along with Nick Gray who was superb in the line out but man of the match goes to Adam Corcoran who was strong carrying the ball and broke up many Kettering attacks with some great steals.
The next league fixture is at Mansfield on November 23.