ORMSKIRK welcomed Southport to Green Lane in the pick of the South Lancashire-Cheshire fixtures this week.
When these sides met in October, Ormskirk ran out comfortable victors, 34-13 and with the pressure to do the ‘double’ over their arch rivals, they signalled their intent right from the kick off, taking it to the Southport XV.
Eventually Ormskirk’s pressure paid dividends, as Southport was caught offside and Alex Lambie kicked them 3-0 ahead.
When Kirk No. 7 Roberts was adjudged to have strayed offside on 16 minutes, which the Southport No. 10 Danny Banks made it 3-3.
With Southport infringing at the ruck, the kicking continued as Lambie stepped up to slot over the penalty to make it 6-3 at 25 minutes.
The first try came when Healey muscled his way over from 10 yards leaving three Southport defenders trailing. The burly No. 15 was simply unstoppable on the line he took. With the conversion taken by Lambie it was 16-3 Ormskirk at half-time.
Next up was arguably the try of the game, with the inspirational No. 12 Habberfield being the scorer. The midfield general took a fantastic inside ball from Lambie, and with four defenders to beat, Habberfield did the rest with a mazing, mesmerising run that left the Southport midfield pairing stood still as he went through unopposed to score under the posts with Lambie adding the conversion.
With instructions from coach Sutherland to press for the bonus point victory, ‘Kirk added a final try when Parker neatly finished in the corner with Lambie again adding the extras.
Southport skipper Gareth Lang managed to squeeze over for a consultation try at the death but Ormskirk captain Prytherch said: “We simply dominated all aspects of the game from start to finish as we knew we could.”
ORMSKIRK second XV defeated their Southport counterparts 31-16.