Mixed emotions for Vale coach against Liverpool St Helens

Paul Woodward head coach (left) and Phil Stott.
Paul Woodward head coach (left) and Phil Stott.
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Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward admits he will have mixed emotions when his side travel to Liverpool St Helens on Saturday.

The Powderhouse Lane chief was a coach at Moss Lane for nine years but could help consign his former club to relegation with a victory.

The Merseyside outfit are third from bottom in North One West with three games of the season to go.

Woodward said: “After they lost at Leigh we can pretty much relegate them on Saturday.

“I’ve still got quite a few friends there. It’s going to be a funny, funny old experience.

“I’ll have mixed emotions. It’ll be emotional.”

But the head coach insists that won’t deviate from his side trying to end their season on a high after picking up their first win in four over Altrincham Kersal at Powderhouse Lane last time out.

He said: “The target we set was to win the last four games of the season and we started that last weekend.

“Everything I asked for on Saturday I got.

“It may be an odd one for me this weekend but I was pleased when we won last year and I’d be pleased if we won again.”

The 45-14 victory over the already relegated Kersal was one that pleased Woodward.

He said: “It was a good win.

“Altrincham Kersal aren’t a bad side and the scoreline probably doesn’t gibe a true reflection of their performance.

“But we had a game plan and stuck to it. I was impressed.

“It’s pretty much impossible now for us to get relegated. We needed that five point win and got it.”