Gemma Hurst celebrating try - Ormskirk Ladies XV
ORMSKIRK ladies overcame a powerful Leigh outfit in this crucial league encounter which was witnessed by the Mayor & Mayoress of Ormskirk.
Still smarting from last week's loss at Kendal, the Ormskirk women drew inspiration from the civic presence to kick off the 20th Year Anniversary of Women's Rugby at the club.
Coach John Foster had called for an emotional response from the squad after last week's result and he was not disappointed. "We have started games slowly and shipped early points as a consequence. We simply cannot afford to do that and so we changed our match preparation and it seemed to work really well."
The home side, who were virtually at full strength, soaked up all the early pressure from a committed and well-drilled Leigh side, who dominated the tackle area for long parts of the game.
Captain Keisha Hendricks said: "We gave away a lot of silly penalties today. But we held our shape under real pressure, and once our backs got some space, we knew we could score some tries. "
Lou Prescott who played in Ormskirk's first ever game was quick to praise the whole squad, saying: "We tried to give everyone some game time today, so there was a lot of disruption and changing position.
“But the girls adapted superbly and just got on with the job they were given.
“We gave debuts to winger George Daulby, who looks to have such a bright future and of course we welcomed back Kayleigh Sutherland who was awesome in the loose today."
As is often the case, although all the tries were set up by the forwards, they were scored by the backs with powerful full-back Vicky Irwin grabbing two sensational scores, Charlotte Pearce showing some very classy running to score a brilliant individual try, Lou Robbo finishing off a slick handling move involving Anna, Becks and Kayleigh and Sammy Hunter blasting through the Leigh defence to score.
Ormskirk's Sports Director Mark Baillie commented: "This was an excellent performance by the Women's XV and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the game"
The next league game is at Sunderland on October 6 and coach Foster believes this will be a crucial game, commenting: "Sunderland gave Leigh a heck of a game last week, and they will be difficult to beat on their own ground. I know it's a bit of a trek, but we need to take a strong squad up there and improve on today's performance to come away with the points."