A sense of normality has returned and after yet another break in the world of North One West rugby, fixtures resumed as Vale travelled to Eastham Village to take on third from bottom Anselmians at Malone Field.
The Vale had a back division brimming with talent and pace and so it proved in the second half with right winger Nick Royle running in four tries, who since his arrival from Fylde has posted seven tries from six appearances.
On a heavy pitch under some much needed sunshine, the Vale made all the early running down the slight slope and had the Saints on the rack.
Jonty Higgin opened the scoring in the third minute with a neatly taken try but Jimmy Moore’s conversion hit an upright and bounced away out of danger.
Playing at a high tempo it only appeared a matter of time before an enterprising Vale added to their score but in the 11th minute the evergreen Simon Mason kicked a penalty goal for the home side as the Vale lost some of their shape.
In the 18th minute Vale were awarded a penalty, Moore duly obliged with a successful kick.
But despite all their efforts the Vale were unable to put any clear water between themselves and their opponents and Mason kicked a penalty goal in the 21st minute to cut the Vale’s lead to a couple of points.
However, in the 25th minute the Vale’s backs exploded with a crossfield move that was full of pace and precision.
Moore came into the line, slipped the ball to James Hodder, who sprinted over in the corner, Moore unscrambled his head to push over a conversion from wide out on the left.
The visitors played with increasing verve as the half drew to a close.
Royle instigated a break from his own twenty two; Hodder was just beaten as he chased down a kick and well-constructed attack ended with Moore kicking a penalty goal with the help of an upright.
If the Vale struggled to amass their first half haul of 18 points they more than made amends with a breathtaking 26-point onslaught in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
A Royle try after two minutes, converted by Moore, was followed four minutes later by Jordan Dorrington launching a scintillating attack on half way and then completing the move for the try bonus, Moore converting.
In the 48th minute Darren Wilson snaked his way through a number of flailing tackles to provided Hodder with his second try, which Sam Moorby converted.
One minute later Olly Cowey hacked the ball through from the restart kick, the forwards swarmed deep into Anselmians’ territory in a dash for the line which ended with the predatory Sam Wallbank dropping on the ball for an unconverted try.
Wallbank featured in Vale’s next score when he popped the ball sweetly into Royle’s hands for the winger’s second try, which was not converted in the 59th minute.
Royle brought the half century up and his hat-trick in the 70th minute when he coolly finished off a blind side move and Moore converted.
Fittingly, Royle climaxed the game with a try after the backs had once again provided the try scoring machine with another choice cut to digest.
Moore converted to put the Vale’s promotion push very much back on track.
Vale of Lune: J Moore. N Royle, S Moorby, J Higgin, J Hodder, D Wilson (Capt), J Dorrington (A Macluskie 64), A Cowey (P Berry 55), A Powers, P Berry (M Hanson 40), S Wallbank (O Cowey 31), D Perry, A Baines, G Tudor (S Wallbank 40), B Charnley.