Vale youngsters claim Lancashire Cup

Vale of Lune's Under 17s lift the Rob Briers Trophy.
Vale of Lune's Under 17s lift the Rob Briers Trophy.

Vale of Lune Under 17s wrote themselves into the club’s history books by lifting the Rob Briers Trophy for the first time after a thrilling second half performance to beat Bury Under 17s 31-17 at Douglas Valley, home of Wigan RUFC.

Bury were first out of the traps and after seven minutes their full back raced through for a converted try.

However, in the 12th minute the Vale drew level. Louie Perruzza instigated the move which ended with lock Matthew Pettit muscling his way over for a try converted by William Hunt.

In the 53rd minute full back Harry Hagar crossed for a try following a slick handling movement from a tap penalty after a kick at goal had been eschewed from in front of the posts, Hunt put over the conversion.

A sweeping Vale attack ended in Bury conceding a penalty, Hunt added three more to the total in the 56th minute.

Although one of the Vale’s back row terriers, Luke Bell, was shown a yellow card the Vale continued to take the game to Bury.

In the 77th minute stand off, skipper Matthew Humpage made a silky break and although winger Perruzza had his work cut out but after an initial readjustment of the ball he backed himself all the way for a solo try which Hunt converted.

In one final attack Bell and fellow back row forward Jack Aryton, strode through a retreating defence.

In a mad scramble in the right hand corner hooker Aiden Yates popped the ball up to Humpage who rounded off a most impressive game with a try which Hunt converted from wide out.

Captain Humpage was handed the trophy by one of the legends of Lancashire County Rugby, Rob Briers, on a proud special day for the Vale of Lune, not only for their young players, but also for their coaches and supporters who made it a day to remember.