Long journey proves to be fruitless for Ilkeston

Huntingdon & District 24

Ilkeston 14

The Elks travelled to newly promoted Huntingdon looking to put behind the disappointment of the previous week’s local derby defeat, but despite a bright start they lost once more after another below par performance.

Elks kicked into a strong wind in the first-half and were soon on the scoresheet, following a midfield scrum the ball was moved right and Greg Taylor made a superb break in midfield, he drew the full back and fed brother Lewis who went under the posts for the first try. Joel Haigh converted to give the Elks a seven point lead after only four minutes.

Huntingdon were quick to respond well using the wind for territory and two penalties brought them to within a point, and they then took the lead when a line-out was taken cleanly and the hosts drove under the posts for a converted try to put themselves 13-7 up on 18 minutes.

Huntingdon were beginning to dominate possession and after another series of drives by the forwards they moved the ball left to score in the corner after 35 minutes, unconverted to make it 18-7.

After Greg Taylor was yellow carded on 37 minutes, the penalty was kicked to stretch the lead to 21-7 at half-time.

It was soon 24-7 early in the second-half with another penalty converted, and despite the wind advantage the Elks were struggling to break down an aggressive Huntingdon defence.

They finally made a good chance when following a chip ahead Jake Heath chased down the full-back forcing him to touch down behind his try line. This resulted in a five metre scrum for the Elks, which was driven forward and Adam Corcoran peeled off and scored on 66 minutes. Haigh converted well from wide right to close the score to 24-14.

Elks were finally putting Huntingdon under pressure but despite several penalties their kick to touch plan was not working as the line outs were not being won and mistakes at vital times were stopping progress.

Following a series of Huntingdon penalties the Elks opted to kick for the losing bonus point as time was running out, but Haigh’s kick fell just short and soon after full-time was blown.

Man of the Match went to Joel Haigh who made the most of some scrappy possession with some excellent service.

Things do not get any easier this coming weekend as table-topping Peterborough Lions visit the Stute, an ideal time to find a top performance to kick-start the season.