Elks score 13 tries to destroy Spalding

Jacob Heath charges forward for Ilkeston on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Atkins.
Jacob Heath charges forward for Ilkeston on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Atkins.

Ilkeston hosted struggling Spalding on Saturday and showed little mercy as they ran in 13 tries in an 83-0 victory.

Elks got off to a flyer down the hill, creating an overlap for Tom Pottinger to finish off, Jono Falls with the extras to make it 7-0 inside a minute.

Spalding were penalised at the next Elks attack and Jake Lamb kicked to the corner. The line-out was lost but Adam Corcoran stole the ball back and crashed over, extras missed making it 12-0 after eight minutes.

Elks were all over Spalding and quickly ran in two more tries through Jacob Heath and Kartar Soar, one converted making it 24-0 after only 18 minutes.

Even when Spalding had the ball the Elks defence was too strong and halted any progress, and from one turnover the ball was taken blind and Falls was in acres of space and had a clear run in to score, though he missed with the conversion making it 29-0 after 26 minutes.

Chris Tipton was leading the charge with the forwards and making good ground on many occasions. A knock on halted the next Elks attack but from the scrum Spalding kicked poorly and Greg Taylor launched a counter attack. He fed brother Dan who made further ground before feeding Pottinger to score on the left, Falls landing a difficult conversion making it 36-0 after 32 minutes.

Elks were soon on the attack but after being penalised for holding on, again Spalding kicked poorly and Heath counter attacked and fed Dan Taylor who made it to the 22 before feeding Greg Taylor to run in the score, Falls with the extras making it 43-0 at half-time.

Although Spalding now had the slope advantage it was still all Elks as they showed no mercy and attacked at will, Pottinger completing his hat-trick with Falls’ conversion making it 50-0.

Straight from the kick-off the Elks came again with the whole back line involved in a flowing move with Heath scoring under the posts, Falls with the extras.

Elks were soon on the attack with Tipton again carrying strongly and when the ball was recycled and moved left, Tipton was on hand again and picked up and drove over on 62 minutes.The returning Joel Haigh took over the kicking duties and duly obliged making it 64-0.

Haigh was soon involved again, making a darting break but the ball was knocked on soon afterwards. Spalding tried to counter but a long pass was intercepted by Greg Taylor who sprinted clear to score on 71 minutes, Haigh with the extras making it 71-0.

Still the Elks were hungry and following a Spalding line out pressured the ball and Tipton emerged and crashed over on 73 minutes, extras missed.

Elks attacked again through the forwards and following several pick and drives the ball was finally driven over by Tom Hicks, Haigh completing the scoring by making it 83-0 not long before the end.

Although it was a one-sided game the Elks could do no more than beat what was in front of them.

The backs were ruthless when given space and kept up the skill level for long periods.

Man of the match went to Tom Pottinger who probably just shaded the honours in a classy back line.

This weekend sees a break from action before the away trip to Bedford Athletic, which is sure to be a sterner test for the Elks.