A NEW season, a new start was what was on the menu for the Ormskirk seconds or Ducks as their slightly 'quackers' captain Adam Glover is calling them.
This was shown by what can only be described as the perfect opening 20 minutes as Ormskirk produced an outstanding period of dynamic attacking play which allowed them to race into a 13-0 lead.
The trusty boot of captain Glover set them on the way after the referee awarded a penalty for an infringement at the ruck.
This was followed up by a sparkling try for winger Dan Bailie, who sprinted a good 60 metres before side stepping the desperate attempt of the opposition full back to finish off a fine backs move. Glover kept a cool head to slot over the conversion and edge Kirk into a 10-0 lead.
Further infringements around the ruck presented Glover with another opportunity which he gratefully accepted, with his trusty left boot again finding success against the wind.
Leigh to their credit shook off their slow start and started to come back at their opponents and got their reward with a try of their own. The conversion was added and suddenly it was game on. This was followed up by a coolly slotted penalty to reduce the arrears to just three.
The second half had started dreadfully as Kirk conceded a soft try out wide, which was converted to give Leigh a comfortable 24-13 lead.
Unfortunately Glover was forced off the pitch for the rest of the game as a result and Kirk seemed to lose their way a little in terms of attacking prowess. The handling errors increased and the game became a scrummage battle, which was great practice for the new scrum laws, but detrimental to the flow of the game as it ended 24-13 to Leigh.
This was a desperately frustrating performance for Ormskirk who on paper will feel they should have won this game. Credit to Leigh, they showed why they were promoted unbeaten last season and they will create problems for teams in this division.
For Kirk it is back to the drawing board. Star performers on the day were Dom Griffiths who filled in at second row well and was a nuisance in the loose.