Clitheroe were made to work for their win as they made the trip down to west Lancashire.
Any thought that the visitors had that it was going to be all their own way disappeared quickly from the kick-off as Ormskirk tore into Clitheroe, and the visitors’ lethargy played into the hosts’ hands.
Ormskirk had the better of the opening exchanges, but the visitors opened their account with a try by the excellent Bleasdale in the corner, with Morris unable to convert.
A few minutes later Morris added a penalty to lead 8-0.
Following a good break by Ormskirk and an infringement at the resulting lineout by Clitheroe, a quick tap penalty was taken by the home fly half, who took a well-deserved try that he converted.
These were worrying moments before Clitheroe woke up and scored under the posts through the returning Hough.
Another score before half-time through man of the match Craig Procter and Clitheroe led 22-7 at the break.
Clitheroe finally got into gear after the break and the forwards’ dominance showed, with Cowgill impressive in the lineout, and a good platform given by the front row of Smith, Jackson and Thornber.
The back line was seeing plenty of ball and further tries were scored by both Procters and Cummings, who had a great game at outside centre.
Doherty combined well with Sturgess at the base of the scrum and both scored well-deserved tries.
Ormskirk were unlucky not to add to their score but were cruelly denied by Dowson who had a 10-minute break in the bin for foul play, before completing the scoring, tripping over the line from a yard.
Man of the match performance was Craig Procter.