Orrell moved into the second promotion spot in Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two with a commanding performance against Port Sunlight on the Wirral.
By Tracy Monckton
With ball in hand, they were simply too much for the overwhelmed hosts to deal with, running in eighteen tries in a display of supreme support play.
PORT SUNLIGHT 10 ORRELL 118
Orrell moved into the second promotion spot in Lancashire/Cheshire Division Two with a commanding performance against Port Sunlight on the Wirral. With ball in hand, they were simply too much for the overwhelmed hosts to deal with, running in eighteen tries in a display of supreme support play.
The Orrell juggernaut started after five minutes when wingers Matty Johnson and Craig Thomas linked and James Ratcliffe touched down at the corner. Jack Granby, Wilbur Harris, and Johnson also crossed inside the first fifteen minutes and when Adam Worley crossed in support of Lloyd Davies after 20 minutes, Thomas' third goal had the visitors out of sight and pocketing an attacking bonus point. It didn't stop there.
Fullback Chris Owen got on the end of a flowing move, Kieron Herbert cut a brilliant line back against the defence from another Davies pass before Ratcliffe grabbed his second. Port Sunlight had no answer to any of Orrell's play and Steve Ormesher finished the half on a high with an elusive run that saw the number eight beat several defenders to the line. The sixth goal from Thomas gave Orrell an unassailable 57-0 lead at the interval.
Port Sunlight had the first say of the second half with the impressive Dan Turner responding quickly from close range, but normal service was resumed when captain Dan Huxley stepped back following some good work from outstanding Andrew Kelly. Thomas added his seventh goal before being withdrawn and it was 64-5.
With youngsters Andrew Bourne and Alex Gaskell taking the field you would be forgiven for thinking that Orrell were going to take the second half easily. That was never the case and within moments Bourne was in at the corner thanks to good work on the inside by Kelly and Tom Halsall. Ratcliffe missed his first conversion attempt but was on target with his next seven as the visitors piled on the misery and the points. Johnson grabbed his second try before Bourne also doubled his tally. Gaskell crossed for a high-speed brace and Granby also added a second after some excellent work from man of the moment Kelly. Johnson finished off a fine team try for his hat-trick and there was one more piece of brilliance from Orrell which led to Harris steaming away for his second score, Ratcliffe completed his tally of goals to make it 118-5.
Again Port Sunlight offered spirited resistance and, after holding possession for much of the final five minutes, were eventually rewarded with a close-range score from Lewis Davies.
Orrell can look ahead with confidence to a massive game at St John Rigby this coming Saturday when they take on Eccles who sit third on the same number of points. Kick-off is at 2.30pm, everyone is welcome.