Ilkeston ease to comfortable win over Matlock
Ilkeston’s failings from the previous week were quickly forgotten as a confident performance easily overcame Matlock 45-7.
The home side began the game strongly and soon took the lead when Jake Lamb fed Adam Corcoran who crashed over on three minutes, the conversion missed.
Matlock were quick to reply as on their first visit to the Elks 22 they caught and drove a line out and released the ball left, they recycled quickly and created an overlap for Henri Packard to score on the left, the conversion added to put them 7-5 up on seven minutes.
Ilkeston were soon back in the Matlock 22 and exerting huge pressure with strong runs from Reuben Elley and Alex Ayres, Lamb adding a penalty to regain the lead after 12 minutes and then adding another ten minutes later for 11-7.
Matlock had a player yellow carded on 29 minutes after several offsides, and after Elks had kicked to touch and Nick Gray had taken another clean ball, it was moved right and Isaac Taylor finished off strongly to make it 16-7 after 31 minutes, the conversion missed.
Elks were soon back on the attack with Elley and Gray linking well, Chris Tipton next to score as he peeled off for the next try to stretch the lead to 23-7 at half-time.
Matlock now had the slope but it was Ilkeston who carried on scoring as Gray took another ball and the backs were released, the ball was recycled and Lamb spotted space on the blind side. He fed Gray who offloaded well to Tom Pottinger who charged forward beating two defenders to score in the right hand corner, the conversion missed making it 28-7 after 46 minutes.
The next try came on 59 minutes as Corcoran scored again as a scrum was driven over, the conversion missed once more.
Elks continued to dominate despite going uphill and scored another try when Tipton charged down a kick and won the race to touch down after 66 minutes, converted by Lamb to make it 40-7.
Elks finished the game well when another line-out was taken by Gray and the backs were released, the ball was recycled several times and Tipton was on hand to finish things off with his third try, conversion missed making it 45-7 at full-time.
Ayres, Elley and especially Tipton all impressed but apart from his excellent line-out work Gray was extremely mobile round the park and got the nod for man-of-the-match.
Next week sees the final game of the league season with a visit to Newark.