June 1, 2023

Match Report: Hemsworth Dragons v Derby Elks – 27/05/2023

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Hemsworth Dragons RL 28 Derby Elks RL 34

Round 3 saw Derby Elks continuing their travels of Yorkshire at Hemsworth Dragons, another balmy day which ensured another draining day for both teams.

Another poor warm up was punished in the first minute by the home side who scored a converted try simply through lapse of concentration 6.0

It wasn’t long before Derby were on the score sheet, pushing the ball left Full Back Lewis Thompson was able to break a tackle and run the 40 metres to score between the posts, his 56th try for the club! Converted by Scrum Half Dan Wilson 6.6

10 minutes later Second Row Charlie Clarke used his strength and pace to break through the centre, weaving through the gaps to score again between the posts, converted by Wilson 6.12

Hemsworth had the next score just 5 minutes later, a penalty short of the Elks line saw slow defence unable to defend and the forward scored, great conversion completed 12.12 with 8 minutes of the half to go.

Edgy minutes but an infringement by a home player just 20 metres out allowed Wilson to slot the first penalty of the season meaning half time, Hemsworth Dragons RL 12 Derby Elks RL 14

Changes made by both teams although having travelled light the Elks had limitations but they dug deep in the field.

5 minutes into the half Centre Keiran Barnes scored his debut try for the club after lingering on the wing briefly rounding his opposite number to score, converted by Wilson 12.20

12 minutes into the half and Owen Gregory found a gap to score a deserved try, unconverted but 12.24 was finally showing some daylight for Derby.

The next 12 minutes were very one sided to the home side with the Full Back almost singly handily destroying the Elks, a chip and catch rewarded with one try with another two scored with two converted bringing the score 28.24 to Hemsworth with just 7 minutes to go.

Here we saw fitness and resilience with Derby digging deep, firstly with Hooker George Doughty 1 metre drive over the line converted by Wilson 28.30

Last minutes Dragons plied immense pressure on the young Elks, in desperation the half back kicked on the fifth to try and find a gap but it popped up into Captain Joe Doughty’s hand and had the small task to break a tackle and run 80 metres up the pitch. He did it with the conversion missed and the final whistle went!

Final Score Hemsworth Dragons RL 28 Derby Elks RL 34

Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s man of the match going to Harry Towers

Great performance, atmosphere a vast improvement on previous week, a 17 year old referee who gained respect from all players and was calm and clear at all times.

The team has a week off, then we prepare for visiting Upton RL.

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