MIDLANDS PREMIER LEAGUE @ THE STUTE ILKESTON
27 MAY 2017 --- 2.30PM
|DERBY CITY GO OVER THROUGH LEWIS STURGESS |
A powerful second half performance broke to 4 all half time deadlock with Derby scoring 7 second half tries and converting 4 of these alongside denying the Outlaws any points in this period too.
Todays choice of venue really s completely down to Mr R of the Buxton parish but formerly resident of this vicinity before an inter parish transfer. Having decided last weeks football match at Hunslet was the final one of the season it would be cricket or rugby league all the way now, well at least for the next 8 weeks! With the favoured National Conference Rugby League taking a break on a weekend with a bank holiday in it the option was looking like local cricket but with a worrying weather forecast I was dithering until Mr R through out this fixture in a text sent to blog HQ.
Most of my Knowledge of Ilkeston surround the football club and the town centre but having researched todays venue which is just south of Ilkeston in Little Hallam at The Stute the home of Ilkeston RUFC the decision was taken to give it a go.
|WELCOME TO THE STUTE|
|ST BARTHOLOMEWS OVERLOOKS THE ACTION AT 1058|
|SOME GOOD OLD IRON WORKING|
Inside to the ground then and a little descriptor the exterior of the club has a large hard standing area with railed off protection of the pitch to the left you soon enter a blocked off area and to continue you need to go pitch side and behind the posts onto the grass. Coming up the far touchline there is a modern green fence with below it today action on the cricket pitch once again there is a mix of grass standing and over the fencing some hard standing. Behind the top posts are the changing rooms in use today by both cricket and rugby. Before the game there was a little time to catch up with one of the Derby officials and meet a few people who were looking to continue and advance the game of rugby league.
|JOE DOUGHTY PROUD OWNER OF A WELSH YOUTH CLUB|
|EARLY ACTION WITH THE OUTLAWS IN POSSESSION|
|STURGESS  FIRST TRY OF THE DAY|
The first half had seen a 50/50 split with Derby starting strongly but Nottingham showed resilience to force their was back onto the game to level.
If the first half was close the second was anything but with the right wing proving Nottingham Outlaws undoing on 53 minutes Lewis Thompson  went over with once again Joe Doughty  unable to convert.
|CLEAN DISTRIBUTION FROM DERBY CITY|
|DERBY OVER AGAIN|
As the wind got stronger in the second period and the dark clouds gathered I was rather wishing I had added a coat to my shirt and umbrella but with a steady amble back for the Ilkeston Flyer there was enough time to make the connection onto the Comet from Derby at 5.05pm.
This had been a day of new discovery I have certainly learnt of a new ground, club and area of Derbyshire that I had not previously known much about and also a much needed intake of local industrial knowledge in regards to the Stanton Ironworks. Best wishes to both clubs for their season and hopefully I will see them again during the summer.