U12s - Report
U12's versus Mellish
U12's earn good victory against Mellish, but could be much more clinical and stronger opposition will still cause difficulty as lessons go unheeded.
Both sides coaches decided to adapt the game to attempt to even the game and ensure all of the Ilkeston substitutes would get quality playing time. Both sides increased their quota to 16 as side. Ilkeston kicked off allowing Mellish time to receive the ball and attempt to gain advantage however Connor Connelley had different ideas as he tackled the prop and turned him allowing forwards Billy Derbyshire and Robbie Boddington to set up a ruck, Norris picked up the presented ball and ran 15 yards scoring with two Mellish players hanging off him and completed his hat-trick, converted by Doughty. Mellish continued to battle commendably, tackling but Ilkeston came at them in waves. A scrum was won against the head by hooker Felix Rabusin and Middleton picked up and ran across the field to score in the corner, converted also by Middleton. Further changes were made to the backs allowing Ilkeston an opportunity to 'blood' players in alternative positions. This was immediately rewarded with Zack Lebeter taking the ball of Conor Corrigan to score his first try. Smith decided to add to the rout as he dummied the Mellish second row to ghost between the posts, converted by Middleton. The final try of the match saw Ilkeston's forwards convert Mellish ball into their own with Boddington tackling his opposite player and immediately presenting ball for firstly Connelley then Norris to make yardage but an alert Lebeter saw the ball protruding from the maul and broke to score his second, converted by Doughty. Final score Ilkeston 73 Mellish 0.
The Elks players can take great confidence from todays performance against a developing opposition who were unable to compete at any level against the dominant home side. A big thank you to all the Ilkeston players who performed admirably for Mellish providing many questions to the Ilkeston coaches to who should be starting each match. Next week see Ilkeston travelling to Melton for a hard challenge.
Squad :Aidan Norris, Alfie Cox, Ben Middleton, Billy Derbyshire, Cameron Greenfield, Connor Connelley, Conor Corrigan, Fane Checkley, Felix Rasbusin, Frank Hemingray, Gregor McIntosh, Issac Smith, Jack Walker, James Thorpe, Jordan Rathbone, Jordan Pritchett, Joseph Doughty, Luke Twigger, Richard Hunt, Robbie Boddington, Zack Lebeter
Man of the match Backs - Joseph Doughty
Man of the match Forwards - Connor Connelley