Ormskirk 1st XV 28 - 3 Moore 1st XV
Ormskirk made it two wins from two games in the league this season after a comfortable victory over Moore at Green Lane. 'Kirk's forwards dominated the set-piece throughout, providing the home side with a large amount of possession. The front row of Val Gateley, Matt Tickle and Jonny Gorst controlled the scrums and main line out jumpers Andy Davidson and Dan Hitchlock won their own ball and continually put pressure on the Moore throw.
After taking the lead through an early Alex Lambie penalty, Ormskirk scored their first try of the afternoon on 15 minutes through Joe Hodson. After the forwards had tied in numerous Moore players through a driving maul from a line out, scrum-half Chris Bartolo opted to release his backs, the ball went wide to Hodson who powerfully crashed through two men to score out wide, a try converted by Lambie.
Kirk continued to control both possession and territory for the remainder of the half, strong running from Ryan Purcell, Mark Webster and Glyn Roberts, alongside a clever kicking game from stand-off Gaz Prytherch, kept the visitors constantly on the back foot. A further Alex Lambie penalty and a try by centre Luke Parker after good work by Tom Owens extended extended The Gingerbread Men's lead to 18-3 at half-time.
The second half was a more fractious affair, with both teams attempts to play expansive rugby often stopped in their tracks by the referee's whistle. This led to a very stop-start 40 minutes that looked like neither team would add to their points tally until another Lambie penalty extended 'Kirk's lead by a further 3 points.
From here on in Ormskirk struggled to put any decent phases together as either poor handling or some strange refereeing decisions seemed to continuously go against them. They did manage one more score late on as skipper Prytherch's accurate cross-field kick was superbly gathered by Hodson who offloaded to the supporting Hitchlock who in turn found hooker Matt Tickle. Tickle raced home from 35 yards to score his first try for Ormskirk since he arrived in the summer. Lambie's simple conversion gave a final score of 28-3.
As with last week, 'Kirk's forwards were impressive and with a bit more composure from the backs and the return of a couple of key players after injury this team should look to kick on and start scoring more points in the weeks to come.