Matlock edge out rivals to extend unbeaten run

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Ilkeston RFC 29

Matlock RFC 30

Matlock travelled to local rivals Ilkeston on the back of five straight bonus point wins which has seen them climb from second bottom to sixth in the table.

Having been well beaten by Ilkeston on their last meeting in the Derbyshire Cup Final in May, the team was expecting a stern test.

On a bright and breezy afternoon Ilkeston kicked off with the slope and wind in their favour.

Packard intercepted on the Matlock twenty-two before rounding the covering defender and racing away to score under the posts. Morton converted and with only a minute gone Matlock led 7-0.

The defence was breached on 25 minutes when an overlap was created for the score in the corner which was well converted by Haigh.

Ilkeston executed a four-man overlap for an unconverted try in the corner seven minutes later to give the hosts a 12-7 lead at the break.

Ilkeston extended their lead when a slack defensive moment on the fringes of the ruck left a hole for Dan Taylor to burst through for a converted try.

A quick recycled ball saw James Cooper break through the defensive line to touch down near the posts. Morton added to make it 19-14.

Cooper then surged forward and fed a superb pass to the rampaging Robinson for a sprint to the line which included a great side step to level the scores. The conversion was missed.

The home side snatched the lead back with a penalty after Matlock had transgressed at a ruck close to the try line.

Morton then kicked a penalty to even the scores once again and followed this a few moments later with another to give Matlock the lead 25-22.

Matlock increased their lead further with a well worked try which saw Powell race through the Ilkeston defence to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but with little time Matlock were two scores ahead 22-30.

Ilkeston came straight back again to score a converted try.

The final whistle brought this very entertaining game to an end with Matlock deserved winners 29-30. MOTM: Tom Morton.