Broughton 1st 12-10 Vale B

NOT for the first time this season the Vale were left frustrated at the final whistle after another disappointing outcome to a game they should have won.

Vale’s pack dominated, but the team as a whole were unable to capitalise on long periods spent deep in Broughton territory.

Somehow the Salford-based club clung on in the first half and managed to scramble a try.

During the second half the Vale’s hard working pack had the satisfaction of shunting their opposite numbers over their own line for number eight Mark Sutcliffe to claim two tries. Unfortunately both conversions were missed as well as a subsequent vital penalty.

To add to the Vale’s annoyance the home side scored a controversial converted try which proved to be the turning point of the game as Lady Luck deserted the visitors yet again.

Vale’s front row of Gavin Speak, John Witty and John Burns were a formidable unit throughout. Andy Irvine had another authoritative game, first at fly–half and then as full-back.

The Vale did miss a number of their more experienced players who might have made a difference in a close game between two clubs battling for survival in the league.

Vale of Lune B: T Austin, J Houghton, J Archer, P Scott, K Woodhead, A Irvine, S Briggs, G Speak, J Whitty, J Burns, S Hodgson, D Hickling (capt), D Rainford, A Thompson, M Sutcliffe. Rep: D Hughes.