July 26, 2022
Match Report: Derby Elks v Dearne Valley Bulldogs – 16/06/22
After faltering numbers Dearne Valley Bulldogs were finally able to travel to the Stute with 19 players, a hot day ahead making those additional players paramount. Coupled will plenty of planned water breaks Derby Elks were looking to avenge the away defeat from the beginning of the season.
Sadly the Bulldogs adjusted quicker do the environment and playing down hill scored within 3 minutes. Unconverted but a wake up call to the Elks.
The next 12 minutes saw the young Elks side step up to the plate, again with a changing line up and players being tried in alternative positions they were rewarded with firstly a try by Hooker George Doughty converted by Half Back Liam Gavin. This was quickly followed by one of the tries of the game with Winger Toni Fabris picking up the ball just in the Bulldogs half and showed his opposite number a clean set of heals and romped in for a try converted by Dan Wilson. Derby Elks 12 Dearne Valley Bulldogs 4.
The larger forwards of Dearne continued to make valuable yards and were rewarded in the 30th minute with an unconverted try but it was becoming apparent that the slighter players of Derby were starting to stretch the away team with their mobility.
34th minute after fantastic strong running over 40 metres from debutant Fred Chell was tackled and quick okay saw Hooker Doughty doubled his days tally with a close drop across the line again converted by Gavin.
Half Time Derby Elks RL 18 Dearne Valley Bulldogs RL 8
Enforced changes in the Halves meant adjustment across the Elks backs but within 4 minutes of the second half Second Row Owen Gregory took a perfectly timed pass to cross the whitewash. Unconverted but 22.8 to the Elks.
51st minute Loose Forward Joe Doughty broke through flaying tackles to run 30 metres to score converted by Gavin. 28.8 to Derby.
The Bulldogs continued to show their tenacity and unwillingness to step down and managed a well worked converted try with a little over 18 minutes to go. 28.14 to Derby.
The final throws of the game continued to be led by the home side and the excellent Centre Cyrus Griffiths used immense footwork to make space for himself to score again converted by Gavin.
Final score Derby Elks RL 34 Dearne Valley Bulldogs RL 14
Overall a dominant performance by Derby Elks allowing very little opportunity for the Bulldogs but the away team made them work hard throughout.
Many players stood out but the Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s man of the match award went to Cyrus Griffiths.