Ormskirk 2xv 36 V 15 Fylde 5xv
Ormskirk were looking to bounce back from last weeks opening day defeat and welcomed Tom Anderson back into the fold after impressing last year, as well as second team debuts for Tom Travis and Greg Dykes.
Their opponents were relegated alongside Ormskirk last season so there was no surprises when it came to what Glovers 'Mighty Ducks' could expect from Fylde 5s.
It was Fylde who started the brightest as they looked to recover from their own first day defeat and they got their reward when they went over for an early try, thanks largely to the physical advantage they had in the scrums from the forwards and their creative full back, who caused Kirk problems throughout the game.
Ormskirk needed a response to get them out of the lull and that was what they got as Glover kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears to 7-3. It was then the quick stepping Bailie found space in Fylde's defensive line to race away to score under the posts. Glover duly added the extras and the score moved to 10-7.
Fylde had plenty of possession throughout the game but struggled to breakdown the busy Ormskirk defence. Andrew Montrose showed his experience and looked a threat coming into the line from full back and with Ste Lambie back in the squad there was plenty of threat on the wings.
Remarkably though the next score came a piece of brilliance from the most unlikely force. Bailie as with most attacks got things started by finding a gap before off loading to the supporting Chris Parlour. From here Parlour stepped into space before off loading to Prop Sean Fogarty who proceeded to provide a pass that captain Glover would have been pleased with at stand off to send flanker Michael Tamblyn over, close to the sticks.
The half ebbed on and Fylde continued to throw the kitchen sink at Kirk only to be met by big hits from Dom Griffiths, Greg Dykes and Jay Thomas. As the half closed though an infringement at the ruck presented Fylde with the final opportunities for points with a penalty.
As the kick drifted wide of the goal the cries from everyone to the receiving Dan Bailie was to touch it down for the half time break. But Dan must have known something we didn't as he proceeded to step several would be tacklers before bursting up the pitch. He was supported by Jay Thomas and eventually, after Fylde got back to seemingly bring an end to the move, the ball fell lose and Ste Lambie was there to score. He now has 2 tries in 2 weeks after scoring for the thirds last week.
The half time whistle went and Kirk were in the ascendance with the score at 17-7.
At the half time team talks Glover asked for more of the same and encouraged his bruised and battered forwards to persist against their bigger and more experienced rivals.
The second half was played much in the same vein as the first with Fylde controlling the possession in the forwards but only managed one try and a penalty to show for their efforts.
Kirk introduced Tom Travis to fray who made an instant impact, steadying the scrum and providing some much needed physicality around the park. Makeshift centre John Boden was ferocious in defence and provided an different option for his captain when Ormskirk had the ball.
The problem the away side were having was getting the ball out to their backs, where they carried a threat throughout. But when they did they came away with the desired results.
The next score for Ormskirk once again came through the quick feet of scrum half Bailie who offloaded to captain Glover, who finished the move under the posts, much to my horror as with him and Tamblyn already on the score sheet the drive home was beginning to look unbearable.
Their momentum continued and they were able to add to their lead further when the ball was disrupted at the put in at the scrum and eventually gathered by Ormskirk. Bailie unleashed Glover who unselfishly decided to reward his stand-in centre John Boden, with a try when it looked as though he could have scored himself. Bailie added the extras to take his personal tally for the day to nine and the final whistle was blown.
After the game, captain Adam Glover expressed his pride in his young charges. From 1-15 this was a display of total commitment, especially in defence.
Star performers included the consistent Michael Tamblyn who continued to show no regard for his own shoulders, Greg Dykes who shone on his debut for the seconds, Jay Thomas who never stopped tackling, even managing to floor his own man at one point and his partner in the centre John Boden looked comfortable in the role. But without doubt the man of the match award had to go to Dan Bailie for his sniping at the rucks, fantastic breaks of the game line and clinical finishing.
Next week Ormskirk entertain newly promoted Thornton Cleveleys at Green Lane, hoping to build on this win in what promises to be a great game.