Derby's woes continue as they are dumped out of cup by Elks
DERBY'S wait for a first win of the season goes on after they were dumped out of the NLD Cup by local rivals Ilkeston at The Stute.
The Elks are riding high in Midlands One East, while Derby have lost all their games in National League Three Midlands since winning promotion last season.
So the momentum was with the home side going into Saturday's quarter-final tie.
Derby largely controlled possession and territory in the opening 25 minutes but poor kicking and handling, and a shaky scrum, meant no reward for their pressure.
Ilkeston then countered with two quick tries, scored by Matt McGuire and Jono Falls.
Joel Haigh converted the first of these, so the Elks led 12-0 at half-time.
Derby hit back with a try three minutes into the second half.
Young winger Lewis Thompson raced over from 22 yards out to score a fine try in the right corner.
But this was as good as it got for Derby and they did not trouble the hosts' 22 again.
Haigh wriggled over after 52 minutes to extend Ilkeston's lead and then kicked a penalty to make it 20-5.
Ilkeston landed the final blow a couple of minutes from time when Greg Taylor raced clear to score with a Chris Ashton-style dive over the line.
"We're happy with the result against our local rivals," said Ilkeston coach David Jackson.
"Derby have been struggling in the league and we didn't want to be the ones to give them a kick-start.
"It was a bit of an old school grudge match and it means quite a bit to the boys.
"We won the Derbyshire Cup last season and we have aspirations of winning more silverware this season.
"After two good wins in the league, it was important that we kept the momentum going."
Derby head coach Paul McCartin added: "Ilkeston is always a tough place to go and they will have wanted to prove a point against us.
"We put out the best side available to us but still have nine first-teamers missing.
"The best side won on the day."