A dramatic come back for Clitheroe on Saturday saved them from what, at half-time, looked like a deeply unpromising position.
Clitheroe were under the cosh from early on and struggled to get into game.
They found themselves on the wrong end of a penalty count – especially at the breakdown – where they struggled with the referee’s interpretation.
Ormskirk scored two tries in the first half, but had nobody to kick so the half ended with the visitors trailing 10-0.
Clitheroe began to warm to the task, and nice ball for the backs gave Chris Stewart the rare chance of cutting the line line at a great angle.
Half a gap and he didn’t need asking twice before he was through under the sticks. David Kenyon converted and Clitheroe were back in it.
Now Clitheroe were gaining the upper hand as the game seemed to be swinging their way. With the line outs working especially well, they probed for the corners and from five metres out caught and drove for the line in textbook fashion.
A pile up on the line and up from the bottom of the heap with ball was Clitheroe number eight James Haynes.
The conversion just sailed wide but Clitheroe were ahead 10-12 with 10 minutes remaining.
Ormskirk rallied and grabbed a try of their own to retake the lead, but Clitheroe launched a series of attacks to put them in the Ormskirk 22, and when the home team were penalised at the ruck, Clitheroe had a kick to square the game.
Up stepped Joe Hopkins to nonchalantly pop over the penalty kick.