Ilkeston 32 Paviors 9
Ilkeston put their opening two defeats behind them to secure a bonus point victory at home to Paviors on Saturday.
After a minute’s silence prior to the match to remember former Elks player and coach Gordon Harris who passed away after a long illness last week, the Elks began the game in style.
Quick recycling of the ball ended with Greg Taylor scoring on the left, the unconverted try putting Ilkeston 5-0 up in four minutes.
Paviors kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears three minutes later and soon took the lead in similar fashion, but Elks responded quickly when Jake Heath was found in space and took his chance well as he sprinted clear to score another unconverted try to put Ilkeston 10-6 in front on 20 minutes.
Elks’ ill-discipline shortly afterwards gave Paviors another shot at goal which was cleanly struck to make it 10-9 after 24 minutes, but the lead was extended again when Lewis Taylor’s kick forward saw Chris Tipton steal in to score, Jake Lamb converting to give Elks a healthy 17-9 lead at half-time.
Elks began the second-half well too and when Paviors were penalised in front of the posts, Lamb converted a penalty to put th ehome side 20-9 ahead on 48 minutes.
Paviors continued attacking through their forwards but good defence meant they gained little territory.
Their attempts to try and get back in the game were further thwarted when following a great double tackle from Greg and Lewis Taylor the ball was quickly moved right and swift handling put Heath in space for his second try on 57 minutes, conversion by Lamb to make it 27-9.
Elks were looking strong now and quickly scored again following good handling on the left that created an overlap with Lewis Taylor getting the final pass to score after 62 minutes, the conversion missed but Elks now with clear daylight at 32-9.
Elks dominated the final quarter of the match but some sloppy passing and knock ons meant no further scores were registered.
Credit goes to all players and coaching staff who following some very tough midweek training turned in a great performance.
Brothers Greg, Dan and Lewis Taylor and also Chris Tipton all had excellent games but man-of-the-match went to Nick Gray who not only performed well in the line out but provided excellent support with ball in hand as well.
This weekend sees Ilkeston travel to face Peterborough RFC who have lost all three of their matches so far.