May 16, 2021

Derby Elks win again


Week after the win against Birmingham Bulldogs we see the visit of Boston Buccaneers RL to the Stute, depleted leaving Lincolnshire however six Elks players put their hands up and entered the field in blue and white shirts and ensured that the game goes ahead in a competitive manner.

The weather compared to last week wasn’t kind, constant barrages of rain ensured that today would be a test of maintaining control of the ball in contact. WIthing two minutes of the kick off Derby Elks found themselves with a set restart in the Buccaneers twenty metre area, couple of forward plays and hooker Niall Collett slipped the two metres over the line between the markers, converting his own try. Kick off by Boston again saw swapping of sets for the next 6-7 minutes until again Collett broke the defensive line for his second of the match, converting. Derby Elks leading 12.0 after 11 minutes.

Mixed 10 minutes for the home side, firstly Liam Gavin broke down the right side rounding the winger to score and unconverted try. This was followed by some sloppy play by the home side, a succession of set restarts for lazy tackles finally saw hooker Collett yellow carded for a lift, this was immediately followed by Captain Jamie Baxter being carded for dissent. The Elks were down 13 to 11 on the pitch and needed to defend their line for the next few minutes definitely. Driving up the centre from props Will Tully and Lewis Sturgess saw Loose forward Joe Doughty break away to score his first try of the day, Missed conversion by Gavin. Boston were rewarded for their structure play and took advantage of the numerical difference to score a converted try.  From the restart almost instantly we saw a replica of the previous moves, resulting in the same result with Doughty going over the try line to the right of the posts, unconverted by full back Joshua Jackson. After just over 25 minutes played Derby Elks were leading 24.6.

Derby returned to their full complement, sloppy defence by the visitors saw Tully run thirty metres to score in successive games, converted by Collett. The Buccaneers weren’t just laying over today and immediately advanced down the right hand side to score their second try of the match, sadly not converted. The remaining five minutes saw three tries for the home side with all converted by Collett, First one saw Doughty complete his hat trick, followed by second row Stephen Hunt and centre Ross Chapman.Half Time score Derby Elks 48 Boston Buccaneers 10.

Elks playing downhill this half made interchanges at the break and kicked off, and Boston tried to play out of their ten metres, a well disciplined defence saw Derby turn over the ball just in the Boston half. Doughty scored his fourth of the game. This was quickly followed by tries from half back Charlie O’Mara, Jackson and the impressive Hunt. Only one of these were converted but still left the Elks in the unassailable position at 66.10.

Derby now had two 17 year old players on the pitch in Ellis Jackson and George Doughty and making their debuts, neither looked out of place and immediately started to make a mark on the game whether through defence or kick returns.

Last 15 minutes Boston valiantly stayed in the game with all players putting maximum effort in, sadly the home side continued to find gaps in the defence and we saw further tries from winger Zak Fellows, props Jake Pilgrim and Sturgess. At the stroke of full time, debutant Jackson stepped in and out to score in the right corner. 

Final score Derby Elks RL 84 Boston Buccaneers RL 10.

The Ilkeston RUFC Chairman man of the match award could have been given to a number of players however four try scorer Joe Doughty received the reward this week.

Thank you to the Boston team for travelling across to provide a great spectacle, thanks and a great performance from Owen Gregory, Josh Lister, Joe Pritchard, Tyler Dicken, Matt Fitt and Lewis Adamson.

Derby Elks Manager (and proud Dad!) presenting Joe Doughty with his Man of the Match award.

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