Ormskirk Under 13s
IN a repeat of both teams’ first match of the season, unbeaten Ormskirk Under 13s were away at Southport for their second derby match.
In their previous meeting, Ormskirk had come away 7-10 winners after the match was ended prematurely due to a Southport injury (and a badly parked ambulance). Score-wise, this match was destined to start in exactly the same way.
Ormskirk piled on the early pressure and their forwards pounded on the Southport tryline relentlessly. Eventually, the pressure told and Andy M burst through to score Ormskirk’s first unconverted try (0-5)
Southport came straight back though. A fantastic run down the wing had Dominic S sprinting back at full tilt, the spectators gasping in awe and Marcus L striding over to take the onrushing wing down with an awesome tackle.
Southport then managed to win both a lineout and a scrum against the head before winning a forwards try of their own.
Forward after forward charged the Ormskirk defence and, despite remarkable defensive efforts, eventually broke through to first level and then edge ahead with a converted try. The score remained at 7-5 at the half time break.
Was it the coach or was it the captain? Whoever it was, the words certainly sank in; the team were inspired and the second half was all Ormskirk.
From the kick-off, Ormskirk took the ball to Southport and camped in the opposition half. Every player gave their all and provided the best performance of the season to date.
The forwards were on fire. Nothing was getting past Luke M, Ted H or Jack Mc, James S and James Mc driving through the rucks, Matty W tackling anything and everything that moved in a black shirt, Joe C providing some blistering runs and all of them all over the loose ball like a rash.
The scrum was unbeaten in the second half, Tom B adding power to an already formidable scrum in the unfamiliar role of second row.
Not to be outdone, the backs stepped up their game too. Aidan L played a true captain’s game, Alex G’s tactical kicking was inspired, Mark T in his best performance to date provided some jinking runs and brilliant passes, Dominic S’ pace was awesome, Cameron E and Andrew H’s support magnificent and Joe D gave us a run that any forward would have been more than proud of.
Aidan L scored trys two and three. Both came from runs inside the Southport 20 into the corner; his sheer determination making him completely unstoppable.
The fourth and final try came from a penalty from 5m. Andy M did the honours with a crash try and dive over the line with the final play of the match. Dominic S stepped up to score our only conversion and take the score to Southport 7 – Ormskirk 22 denying Southport of the bonus losing point.
Man of the match: Dominic S – a stunning performance throughout.
Conditions were great for what many anticipated would be a thrilling encounter against rivals Southport. A strong squad of ten had assembled in green and the Under 10's of Ormskirk were out to prove they could compete against what looked a formidable Southport team.
There was a confidence amongst the lads as they looked to maintain the form that saw them compete in the Plate final of the Tarleton Festival a week earlier.
The game started well with the boys in green holding a strong attacking line.
With ball in hand Ollie again stood out with jinking runs against the opposition defence, capping his performance with the try.
The opposition however were well drilled in the ruck and in their distribution from the contact area; at times Ormskirk struggled to contain the movement of their opponents.
Good communication, vision & strong tackling from Nathan (Man of the Match) in particular, allowed for the greens to nullify the threat out wide on numerous occasions and offensively Daniel & Callum showed some strong running, not shying away from a few bruising tackles.
Ben again showed his ‘lead by example’ mentality making numerous tackles and taking no prisoners with support from Chris & Ryan, whilst there were glimpses from Ethan and his pace on the wings which will only prove to be a great asset to the team.
Lewis (Skipper for the day) along with Josh made valuable contributions throughout the game, with the latter making deceptive runs through the opposition line & the former chipping in with a try saving tackle.
Man of the Match: Nathan, tremendous tackling with strong communication to his team mates.