Ilkeston 67 Coalville 0
Ilkeston romped past bottom side Coalville in tough conditions at the Stute on Saturday, despite the hosts being down to 12 men at one stage.
Conditions were challenging and credit to both sides for trying to play rugby, indeed play was halted after 15 minutes when lightning and stormy conditions threatened player safety.
Play resumed 15 minutes later although the surface was now worse with the recent downpour, Greg Taylor soon had the first try, bursting through under the posts, converted by Joel Haigh on 17 minutes.
This was soon followed by a try from Haigh who exploited a gap around the breakdown, and he converted his own try to make it 14-0 after 25 minutes.
The Elks scrum was dominant putting huge pressure on the Coalville scrum, they were kicking most of their possession and trying to force mistakes, and when they had their first visit into the Elks 22 and following several penalties against the Elks, Marc Moore was sin-binned on 30 minutes, soon followed by Matt McGuire.
Tempers then began to flare in the forwards and a stray boot from Tom Holland resulted in a straight red on 36 minutes.
Elks were now down to 12 players but still did not concede any points, in fact they improved their play and following a great run by Reuben Elley, Coalville were penalised in front of the posts which was converted by Haigh to make it 17-0 after 38 minutes.
Coalville were looking a beaten side and Elks showed no mercy as they ran in further tries through Haigh on 39 minutes and Greg Taylor on 40 minutes, both converted by Haigh to make it 31-0 at half-time.
Haigh came off injured during the break and losing the influential number nine meant another major restructure but Isaac Taylor scored soon after the kick off, converted by Jack Partington on 42 minutes making it 38-0.
The final stages of the game lost all structure as the Elks imposed their dominance onto a beaten Coalville side and in particular Elley took the opportunity to run riot, giving the now cold and wet crowd something to smile about with a show of all round pace, power and handling ability in a display that saw him named man-of-the-match.
Players were scoring at will, adding a further 29 unanswered points from all areas of the pitch to seal the 67-0 victory.
Elks have a free weekend this week, their next match being away at Derby on Saturday, February 8.
To see a slideshow of images from the storm-battered match, see www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk.