Another win in the mud
good performance but still plenty to work on
Written by Richard Staniforth
Checked by Gaz Morgan
We welcomed Ilkeston for the first time at Kelham Road at our age group, after accepting a fixture request earlier in the week.
The game was yet again played on a heavy and muddy pitch which would ensure that the showers would be well used again at the end !
There was a strong start with some good running and defence from both sides. From a good ruck in midfield on the half way line, the ball was spun out to the backs, where Matthew made a great break and fed Ben T who was able to stroll in the corner.
The game continued to be played in the middle of the park, with both sets of forward running hard at each other. But after a very good steal in the tackle by Jacob, the ball was passed out to Matthew whose intelligent kick ahead over a flat defence, allowed Ben T to run ahead gather and feed Arthur who scored.
Then from a free kick after a crooked feed at the scrum, Ben R took a quick tap and go and found Matthew on perfect line to allow him to go under the posts untouched.
The first third finished with some quick hands down the line, and William B, doing what he had been asked to do in running straight, finishing the move off with a try.
We started though to fall off in the forwards at the break down as the third came to an end, and Ilkeston put us under some pressure with some good running
4-0 at the break
Ben T delivered a great captain’s speech at the break, where he passionately pointed out our failings at the end of the first third and what he wanted to see in the next.
This seemed to inspire the team who started strongly and put pressure on Ilkeston’s line. William S went blind from a breakdown, pulling defenders with him and from the resulting ruck the ball is shipped quickly down the line, exposing the lack of defenders, allowing Declan to score.
Then, and in the same way as the week before, we tailed off and Ilkeston put us under a lot of pressure in our own 22 for a good few minutes. They were rewarded with 2 good tries as they forced their way through the forward pack each time.
5-2 at the break
The third started with Ilkeston, with their tails up, putting us under pressure. Simple passing down the line exposed defensive problems on the wing and only a great covering tackle from Ben T saved the try. But from the resulting ruck yet again they manage to launch a forward pick up and go and score.
Just like last week, we look like throwing this away. Ben T calls for more effort.
The boys respond and start to put the tackles in and hit the rucks. From a ruck on the 10 meter line, William S, now playing fly half, sees a gap and takes a great line to go over untouched.
The boys now feel they are in control of the game and begin to play some good rugby. Chris showing what taking the ball at pace can do to a defence, with a great run from deep. The game is sealed with the best try of the game when after some quick hands, William B makes the perfect pass to draw the last defender and put Matthew in at the corner.
Final score 7-3
This was nearly a mirror image of the previous game against Paviors, where we also went a long way ahead early, dropped off allowing them back in but finishing it off at the end.
The boys really need to concentrate for the whole 60 minutes and the forwards need to get more “nasty”. They are too nice at the moment
But overall a good win over a committed Ilkeston side who certainly gave their all.
MOM went to Oscar for his much improved performance and commitment he showed.