ORMSKIRK first XV returned to winning ways after last week's loss at Bowdon with a convincing 25-10 away victory over The Gentlemen Of Moore RUFC.
The home side started well, putting Kirk under pressure from the kick-off with numerous direct charges around the fringes of the breakdown.
Ormskirk were tackling well though, led by the back-row of Glyn Roberts, Craig Ennis and Martin Rothwell who were meeting Moore's runners on the gain line and knocking them back time and time again.
Moore opened the scoring with a 30 metre penalty coolly converted by their fly-half after Kirk had been caught offside in midfield.
This seemed to kick the visitors into action and they started to play the game deep in Moore's territory on the back of good tactical kicking from Andy Croft and Alex Lambie.
After taking good line-out ball through Aidan Charlton, the forwards made the hard yards to allow the opening try to be scored via a familiar route; winger Joe Hodson saw space behind his opposite number and called for the kick.
A pinpoint 'hook-kick' from scrum-half Gaz Prytherch gave Hodson the chance and the rest was a formality for the wiry youngster who made the job of gathering the bouncing ball whilst stepping inside Moore's full-back look simple to score under the posts. Lambie converted and 'Kirk led 7-3.
Ormskirk were now in the ascendancy, good yards were made through the surging runs of big forwards Dan Hitchlock and Jonny Gorst and gave the backs the quick ball they wanted to stretch the home side's defence.
Kirk's second try was straight off the training ground, the ever-improving fly-half Croft's wide pass put centre Alan Frost outside his defender and good handling allowed pacey winger Ben McCarthy to touch down out wide for his 9th try in 4 games.
The conversion and a penalty chance three minutes later were missed by Lambie but Kirk were 12-3 to the good.
The committed Moore side came back at the visitors and shortly after a 65 yard break from their winger was brought to a halt, a nice bit of opportunism from their fly-half got them back on the scoreboard as he collected his own chip kick to score beside the posts, a try which he also converted.
Kirk got the final score of the half as Lambie slotted a straight-forward penalty from 20 yards out. 10-15 at the interval.
'Kirk got the bit between their teeth at the start of the 2nd half and dominated both territory and possession, with Roberts and replacement hooker/flanker Mark Webster to the fore, consistently breaking tackles and piling the pressure on the hosts.
Kirk thought they had added to their score after 46 minutes when hooker Matt Tickle's well timed run allowed him to crash over from close-range but the referee adjudged him to have not grounded the ball correctly.
They didn't have to wait long for the try to come though as more straight running and good hands from Hodson and Frost gave centre Andy Healey the chance to score in the corner, just reward for another strong individual performance in both attack and defence.
With the pressure now off, Kirk took a gamble and gave veteran lock forward and self-titled 'enforcer' Phil Davis a return to the fray after 9 months away from 1st team rugby due to a combination of a severe lack of fitness and having misplaced his shin-pads.
To the surprise of many of the squad he didn't let anyone down and defended manfully, meeting fire with fire as the Moore forwards tried to smash their team back into the game.
After repelling a couple of Moore attacks, Kirk got their fourth try and the bonus point that comes with it through their prolific try-scoring captain Prytherch.
He capitalised on an error from Moore's full-back to pick the ball up 25 yards out and sprint over the line for his second try of the season. The final 15 minutes were quite even possession-wise but Kirk always looked the side more likely to add the their score but this wasn't to be and they settled for a well-deserved 25-10 victory at what is never an easy place to get a result for any visiting team.
Ormskirk welcome Marple to Green Lane this Saturday in a 14:15 kick-off and will be hoping to go into the Christmas break with a strong performance over the mid-tabled side who they beat away earlier in the season.