ORMSKIRK produced a clinical 65 minutes of rugby to record a very satisfying victory over their visitors from Tameside and keep up the pressure at the top of South Lancs/Cheshire 2.
Kirk were dominant throughout the first half and after Ryan Purcell's barnstorming run opened the scoring in the second minute, two tries from left winger Joe Hodson and one from right wing Jack Whisker on his league debut gave the hosts the important bonus point within the first 12 minutes of the game.
The Gingerbread Men looked dangerous every time they attacked and after Purcell's second try came from a scrum pushover from eight yards out, his back-row partner Craig Ennis was next to score, the last man up from a well orchestrated driving maul.
After a sloppy kick return from Kirk gifted Dukinfield a simple score, the hosts added two further tries before half-time. Inside Centre Andy Healey spotted a gap and set off on a weaving run to touch down under the posts and then, off the back of another dominant scrum, outside centre partner Ben McCarthy's angled run sliced through the visitors defence for him to score his 13th try of the season.
Leading 52-5 at the break, Ormskirk let their standards slip slightly in the second half after notching the half's opening try through veteran flanker Glyn Roberts.
As the game became fractious, Kirk produced a disappointing 15 minutes of rugby, sharing the next six tries with the visitors. Dukinfield scored two forwards tries and were gifted a third try with a simple interception score. In between these scores Purcell and Hodson both completed their hat-tricks in typical fashion, Purcell crashing over numerous would-be tacklers and Hodson latching on to a box kick to scamper over out wide for his 16th try of the season.
Kirk then got themselves back on track to dominate the last 10 minutes and score three more tries; Roberts notching his second of the afternoon, Prop Jonny Gorst capping a powerful display with a well-worked try from a maul and replacement winger Andy Wroe scoring in the last play of the game.
Alex Lambie converted six of the tries to give a final score of 82-20 to the men in green.
This Saturday Ormskirk travel to Wallasey to play their game in hand on the other teams vying for promotion, knowing that another bonus point victory will move them up to third in the league.