Ormskirk Under 13s
Ormskirk U13s open the new season with a derby win marred only by a premature finish.
Alex G got us underway with a kick deep into the Southport half. Some trademark rucking from the pack forced an error and won us a scrum. Quick ball from Aidan L was passed down the line to Dominic S on his debut appearance. Dominic’s fantastic and confident running put us well into the 20 before he made a superb pass to Joe D supporting on the overlap. Joe finished off with a short run into the corner for our first try of the season.
High winds and the difficult angle saved Southport from going 7 behind. The match resumed and Southport came right back at us. Our defence was up to it though and despite making ground, they struggled to turn territory into points. On two occasions Southport had to resort to chipping over, both times the kick rolled beyond our dead ball line.
Eventually the pressure told though and Southport managed to push over for a try between the posts. Southport managed to score the easier conversion and take a narrow lead at the end of the first third.
The second third got underway with Ormskirk once again on the ascendency. Andrew H on his debut appearance was on fire. His speed and determination saw him run not once but twice down the wing making huge progress for the team and also making a stunning cover tackle when Southport turned the ball over. Steady progress by the forwards drew Southport in and gave us another big overlap allowing Marcus L to run in supported by, you guessed it, Andrew again.
Towards the end of the second third, Southport once again had us hemmed in close to our try line. Our defence was strong though and Southport couldn’t find a way through.
The match was then brought to an abrupt close by the appearance of an ambulance on the pitch. It seems that one of the Southport players had taken a knock in the first third and was suspected of having a concussion. The game was consequently stopped fortunately just before the weather took a turn for the worse. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery.
Despite the early finish, there were a huge number of positives to take from this game. Our pack is as strong as ever and our backs are able to capitalize on the extra space available on the full size pitch. All our new players had put in great performances and the season ahead is full of promise.
The coaches’ biggest regret of the day was that Tom B didn’t get to play; victim of the missing third.