Victory sees Elks close in on leaders
A BONUS-POINT victory over Kettering has seen Ilkeston close the gap at the top of the Midlands One East table.
While the Elks picked up their fourth straight win in all competitions, leaders Old Northamptonians suffered a 44-19 defeat at Bedford Athletic.
ONs remain top but are now only two points clear of Ilkeston and level with Peterborough Lions, who won 20-13 at Market Rasen.
The Elks led 14-0 at half-time against Kettering at The Stute, with tries from Steve Fowkes and Matt McGuire both converted by Joel Haigh.
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Kettering got back in the game after the break but McGuire grabbed his second try before Adam Corcoran sealed the extra point.
A late rally from the visitors kept Ilkeston on their toes but was ultimately in vain.
Elks coach David Jackson said: "We started well and went close to scoring a third try before half-time.
"We took our foot off the gas a bit and fair play to Kettering, they came back into it.
"They shored their defence up and made it more difficult for us to break them down but we managed to get the bonus point in the end.
"We weren't at our best but there's something to be said for winning close matches when you're not on top of your game and we got the five points we wanted."
MATLOCK'S nine-match winning streak came to an end with a 26-17 defeat at Towcestrians.
Alan Johnson's men battled back from 21-3 down, scoring two converted tries to reduce the deficit to four points.
However, the home side sealed victory with a try out wide.