May 20, 2023
Match Report: Rycroft Hammers v Derby Elks – 20/05/2023
Slightly further trip this week to Rycroft for another new opposition. Weather again blazing and expectation of a draining afternoon prepared for.
Home side attracted a healthy number of spectators looking on to see what a Midlands team could do and whether they should be in the Yorkshire system. Respectable support for the Elks, which we are always grateful for!!
First 5-6 minutes the away side completed two sets in the Hammers 30 metre area but couldn’t convert into points due to dogged defence.
First injury of the day came to a Rycroft player and from the outset Derby hadn’t switched back on coupled with a repeat set saw the home side break through to score a converted try 6.0
The lead was to last just 4 minutes with Captain Joe Doughty diving at the feet of the defence to score, converted by Liam Gavin 6.6
Rycroft immediately bounced back again catching the young Elks side asleep to score out wide a unconverted try, back in front 10.6
The last 20 minutes of the first half was an end to end event with neither side establishing authority, some poor discipline saw a yellow card for Ellis Jackson who was soon joined by his brother Joshua.
Half Time Rycroft Hammers RL 10 Derby Elks RL 6
Weather conditions were taking their toll on the Elks and thankfully rotation of players ensured level of competitive remained at all times.
13 minutes in to the second half returning Winger Tatenda Chirata broke through the defence to score in the corner and unconverted try and again bring the scores level 10.10
Whilst Rycroft continued to apply pressure on the young away team they never pressurised the line throughout the second half with all points being converted by Derby.
Firstly after 15 minutes Hooker George Doughty charged down a kick and had a fortunate bounce to scoop and run the 30 metres to score between the posts, converted by Dan Wilson 10.16
Lose of Winger Lee Lawson to a yellow card ensured that Elks still needed to be on their toes.
With just 6 minutes to go Derby finally made the game theirs firstly with a break from Loose Doughty for his second of the game again converted by Wilson but the finish was complete when Second Row Charlie Clarke stepped through the tired home side to score between the posts, again converted by Wilson 10.28
A feisty match with a very vocal home support but the result went to the right team and ‘Boy Band’ continue their tour.
Final Score Rycroft Hammers RL 10 Derby Elks RL 28
Competition for man of the match was extremely strong with plenty of viable candidates but it was decided that Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s Man of the Match goes to Frazer Dunn
Next week Round 3 sees us again on our travels just down the road from Rycroft and Hemsworth.