An improved display but Elks lose against Lions

Ilkeston v Peterbrough
Ilkeston v Peterbrough

Ilkeston 20

Peterborough Lions 35

The Elks lost 35-20 to top-of-the-table Peterborough Lions on Saturday in the Midlands One East - but only after a tough game in which they still led after 50 minutes and turned in a much-improved display.

The Lions kicked off with the slope but it was the Elks who started the better with Alex Ayres making good ground in midfield.

Joel Haigh judged a kick ahead to perfection and the Lions were forced to touch down in goal, giving the Elks a five-metre scrum.

The ball was struck cleanly and moved left to Ayres, who crashed through to score. Haigh added the extras to make it 7-0 after 10 minutes. The Lions then disrupted the Elks’ scrum and were awarded a penalty. This was kicked to make it 7-3.

Peterborough knocked on from the kick off and the Elks took full advantage, moving the ball quickly right and Isaac Taylor then conjured up a great run, evading two tackles and scoring in the corner.

The Lions launched another attack but the ball was stolen by Adam Corcoran. The move was carried on by Greg Taylor and Jake Lamb, taking play into the Lions’ 22. Peterborough were penalised for a side entry at the ruck and Haigh kicked the three points to make it 15-3 after 34 minutes.

The Lions pulled it back to 15-8 with an unconverted try and then kicked a penalty, awarded for offside, to make it 15-11 after a great half of rugby.

The Elks started the second half well and had good territory. The ball was moved left and Jake Heath spotted forwards lined up in front of him so he turned on the speed to run round them and score in the left corner after 48 minutes.

This seemed to spur the Lions on and they played their best rugby. The Elks were struggling to stem the flow of attacks and conceded several penalties. This inevitably brought about the first yellow card for Marc Moore.

The Lions were clinical with the man extra and took full advantage scoring three tries on 53 , 57 and 62 mins, all converted to make it 32-20.

Credit to the Elks as they came back looking to get something out the game but unfortunately a penalty for the opposition completed the scoring. There were big efforts from all the team but the Man of the Match goes to Simon Bennett, who ran and tackled strongly all game.

The next game sees Kettering visit The Stute with a VP lunch and wreath laying ceremony before the game. Kick off is at 2.15pm