ORMSKIRK maintained their unbeaten start to the league season with a comprehensive bonus point victory over Vagabonds.
Kirk opened the scoring after only two minutes when top try scorer Neil Habberfield picked up a loose ball 25 yards out to power his way to the line, leaving three would-be tacklers in his wake, Alex Lambie converted to give the home side a 7-0 lead.
Vagabonds came back at Kirk and, helped by a series of penalties, levelled the scores after a close-range try from their prop and then went ahead with a penalty.
Ormskirk soon levelled matters with a penalty from Lambie and regained the lead when centre Alan Frost cut a superb line to slice through the Manxmen's midfield defence and score under the posts, Lambie's simple conversion made the score 17-10. On the stroke of half-time Kirk increased their advantage after a catch and drive from the line-out gave Craig Ennis the chance to break away from the back of a maul and race to the line from five yards out, Lambie again converted to leave the score 24-10 at the break.
Ormskirk killed the game as a contest within three minutes of the restart with two quick tries, both scored by winger Joe Hodson.
After dancing past his marker for his first he benefited from the great handling skills of man of the match Andy Healey to score his second under the posts.
Lambie converted the second of these tries and the men in green lead 36-10. Ormskirk continued to dominate the rest of the game and further tries came from Jonny Gorst (2) who smashed his way over from close-range, Aidan Charlton after he took an inside ball from Habberfield and Ben McCarthy who picked up a bouncing ball in 'Kirk's 22 and raced home from 90 yards to touch down. Two further conversions were added by Lambie and although Ormskirk allowed Vagabonds a consolation try at the death after some weak defence, the 60-17 scoreline reflected the home side's dominance.
Next week sees The Gingerbreadmen make the short trip to Southport as they aim to take the bragging rights as well as staying in the promotion hunt.
Ormskirk seconds played their third consecutive home game at the weekend against a Blackburn side anchored in the relegation zone.
Captain Glover benched himself as in-form Andrew Croft started at fly half.
Ormskirk started powerfully and it wasn’t until the inclusion of captain Glover at half time when the wings really started flapping.
Glover came on at half time, made a tackle, made a barnstorming run, finishing off a great team move to score on the right wing. He then came off.
Amongst the other try scorers were Croft, Josh Williams (2), Joe Rowe and newly acquired ‘Sweetcorn.’ with Alan Frost keeping the scoreboard ticking witht the boot.
A hat-trick would’ve been scored by speedy Ste Lambie if it weren’t for John Boden and his three forward passes in acres of space on the wing.
Final score was 53-5, which left a huge smile on legendary Captain Glover’s face.
This weekend sees us travel to Aspull who are one below the Ducks at 5th in the table, but are on a huge confidence boost after beating top of the league, unbeaten Bolton just gone, for what promises to be a great game.