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First XV - Match centre

Matlock
Ilkeston
Tries
D Taylor, J Lamb (2), J Haigh
Conversions
J Haigh (4)
Penalties
J Haigh (3)
Sat 2 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 East Full time

Elks return to 5 point Saturday

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Ilkeston eventually over come a spirited Matlock side, scoring 4 tries to get a bonus point

A brace of tries from Stand Off Jake Lamb were flanked by tries from Dan Taylor and Joel Haigh.

The Elks started strongly but mistakes and penalties were keeping Matlock in the chase. It was not until the half hour mark that Dan Taylor eventually broke through to go under the posts and with an earlier successful penalty from Haigh, brought the score to 0-10.

A series of penalties saw Matlock go from their 22m to our 22m using the peel around the front of the line to great effect finishing with a catch and drive over the line to score in the corner, unconverted 5-10 to finish the half. Another Matlock score the other side of half time saw them take the lead 12-10, with mistakes and penalties continuing to dog the Elks effort.

The Elks dominant scrum was starting to take its toll on the home pack, who eventually conceded a penalty in front of the sticks to give Haigh an easy conversion> The restart saw the Elks penalised and the earlier penalty cancelled out to bring the score to 15-13 in favor of the home side.

A determined Matlock continue to frustrate the Elks attack with forced and unforced errors still creeping in right up until 10 minutes to go, when the Elks took control from a series of broken plays and punished Matlock 3 times in succession, Lamb under the sticks twice and Haigh out wide – all converted to finish the scoring at 15-37.

The Elks can take heart in that the determination and dog missing in recent performances was back. Cutting out unforced errors, combined with improved decision making and the punishing nature of their ruthless open play, when combined make us a very potent side and could yet see us finish the season strongly.

A strong showing from the Elks front row and also Haigh with the boot all need mentioning, but MoM this week goes to double try scorer, Jake Lamb.

Next game is at home Saturday 9th April v Newark, 3pm kick off.

Jake Lamb

Player of the Match

Jake Lamb

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
10:00
Try Dan Taylor scores for Ilkeston
11:00
Conversion Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
41:00
Penalty Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
70:00
Try Jake Lamb scores for Ilkeston
71:00
Conversion Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
72:00
Penalty Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
75:00
Try Jake Lamb scores for Ilkeston
76:00
Conversion Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
78:00
Try Joel Haigh scores for Ilkeston
79:00
Conversion Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jake Lamb is awarded player of the match for Ilkeston
79:00 Conversion 0 - 37
Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
78:00 Try 0 - 35
Joel Haigh scores for Ilkeston
76:00 Conversion 0 - 30
Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
75:00 Try 0 - 28
Jake Lamb scores for Ilkeston
72:00 Penalty 0 - 23
Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
71:00 Conversion 0 - 20
Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
70:00 Try 0 - 18
Jake Lamb scores for Ilkeston
41:00 Penalty 0 - 13
Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
End of period 1
11:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Joel Haigh kicks a conversion for Ilkeston
10:00 Try 0 - 8
Dan Taylor scores for Ilkeston
6:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Joel Haigh kicks a penalty for Ilkeston
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As it happened

  • Matlock
  • Ilkeston
  • 0
  • Joel Haigh Penalty 6:00'
  • Dan Taylor Try 10:00'
  • Joel Haigh Conversion 11:00'
  • Joel Haigh Penalty 41:00'
  • Jake Lamb Try 70:00'
  • Joel Haigh Conversion 71:00'
  • Joel Haigh Penalty 72:00'
  • Jake Lamb Try 75:00'
  • Joel Haigh Conversion 76:00'
  • Joel Haigh Try 78:00'
  • Joel Haigh Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Benyi, Andor Benyi, Andor
Partington, Jack Partington, Jack
Taylor, Dan Taylor, Dan
Ayres, Alex Ayres, Alex
Pottinger, Tom Pottinger, Tom
Lamb, Jake Lamb, Jake
Haigh, Joel Haigh, Joel
Taylor, Greg Taylor, Greg
Humphreys, Sam Humphreys, Sam
Quinn, Steve Quinn, Steve
Smithurst, Jake Smithurst, Jake
Bennett, Simon Bennett, Simon
Wells, Ben Wells, Ben
Hodson, Max Hodson, Max
Meakin, Josh Meakin, Josh

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Bedford Athletic 26 115
2. Derby 26 107
3. Newbold on Avon 26 102
4. Kettering 26 85
5. Ilkeston 26 68
6. Paviors 26 63
7. Huntingdon & District 26 62

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