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.

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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.