Peterborough 7 Ilkeston 41
Ilkeston continued their recovery following a poor start to the season with a convincing victory over bottom-of-the-table side Peterborough on Saturday.
It was the Elks’ second bonus point win in a row following the previous weekend’s victory over Kettering at The Stute, and moves them up to seventh in the table, albeit having so far only secured half of the points accrued by joint leaders Peterborough Lions, Old Northamptonians and local rivals Derby.
This victory came courtesy of two tries from Adam Corcoran and one apiece for Dan Taylor, Alex Ayres, Jake Heath, Hugh Smith and Jack Partington
Jake Lamb converted three of the tries to give Elks an easy seven try bonus point win as they put right the disappointment of losing to Peterborough last season.
Ilkeston never looked in any danger after they managed to sort out their handling skills which in the early part of the game were poor to say the least.
All seven tries were of the highest quality with players 1 to 15 involved.
Indeed, Peterborough only scored their seven points while the visitors were down to 14 men, Marc Moore having neem given a ten minute rest by order of the referee.
There several notable performances throughout the team.
Dan Taylor put in a fine display, while there was some excellent tackling by Mat McGuire, Greg Taylor who stepped in to play fly-half at short notice and also from skipper Corcoran who had a very good 60 minutes once he’d got a tricky start to the game out of his system.
The man of the match award, however, went to Karter Soar for constant effort and being all over the park.
Next week Ilkeston will have one of the division’s newcomers, Bugbrooke visiting The Stute.
They have begun the season in mixed form with two wins and two draws so far and sit two places above Ilkeston in the table.
Meanwhile, The Stute will play host to Schools from Broxtowe throughout November and December as they play out their festival season.
The events start at 4pm with the clubhouse providing hospitality for players and supporters alike after the games.
The festivals form part of the RFU All Schools programme that the club are involved in which is looking to recruit new players to the game as part of the legacy of the forthcoming World Cup.