Ilkeston end league season with fine win

Hugh Smith bursts through the Market Rasen defence. Photo by Rod Wetton.
Hugh Smith bursts through the Market Rasen defence. Photo by Rod Wetton.

Elks entertained Market Rasen on a glorious spring day and blew them away with some fantastic open running rugby to complete a 38-5 victory.

Elks started with the slope and made all the early running. Jake Lamb made the first of many line breaks and fed Chris Tipton who was not to be stopped from crashing over for the first try on eight minutes, Jono Falls adding the extras to make it 7-0.

Rasen responded well with their hard running centre involved, but he was well covered by Isaac Taylor and Paul Stevenson and could find no way through.

Elks were soon back on top with long spells in the Rasen 22, and from an attacking scrum Falls broke and fed Adam Corcoran who passedto Isaac Taylor then quickly back to Falls in space to score in the corner, Falls missing from wide left to make the score 12-0 after 25 minutes.

Elks were straight on the attack from the kick-off through Taylor and Lamb but play was halted when the elks knocked on.

Elks finished the half well with Tom Pottinger making a great break and he sliced open the Rasen defence and showed fantastic pace and strength to run in and score under the posts, Falls with the extras making it 19-0 at half-time.

Rasen had the slope second-half looking to get back in the game.

They did so on 63 minutes when Elks were penalised for a high tackle and Rasenkicked to the corner. They used their trademark catch and drive well and scored in the right corner, extras missed making it19-5.

Elks came back strong with Corcoran scoring after a series of forward drives on 70 minutes.

Falls slotted the conversion to make it 26-5.

Elks finished the game with a flourish and scored the try of the match when Jacob Heath counter-attacked from deep, beat two men and passed to Pottinger who drew the last defender and fed Lamb for an easy run in, Falls with the extras making it 33-5 after 75 minutes.

There was still time for a final score as following good work from the forwards, quick ball found Lamb in space and he made 20 metres before passing to Heath to finish off the move. Falls hit the post with the conversion making the final score 38-5.

Some great running rugby from the Elks on a sunny day provided superb entertainment for the crowd. The forwards worked hard to give a good platform for the backs with Corcoran and Dan Rollins showing up well.

Man of the match, however, went to Jake Lamb who made numerous line breaks and distributed the ball well throughout the game.

Elks finish in fifth place in the league which was a fine effort considering the amount of injuries throughout the season.

This weekend sees cup action with a Derbyshire Cup semi-final against Ashbourne at both first and second team level.