Sandbach 22-22 Vale

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ONE of the beers sold in Sandbach’s clubhouse was labelled Jekyll’s Gold which adequately summed up the Vale of Lune’s performance at Bradwell Road which had more of a hint of the Jekyll and Hyde about it.

Within two minutes of the end of proper time the Vale were down 22-15 and appeared to be heading for their eighth North One West defeat of the season but they roused themselves.

Sandbach were penalised and Vale opted for a scum rather than a kick at goal.

A solid platform enabled Darren Wilson to whip the ball wide where a slight gap appeared for Fergus Owens who went over for his try.

Jimmy Moore, from wide out on the left, took his bearings, went through his well honed routine before guiding the ball between the uprights to level the scores.

But the book was not yet closed, there were four minutes of a tension filled appendix yet to be played out.

Both sides were intent on finding a winning elixir. Sandbach pinned the Vale on their five metre line, the Vale’s throw in was adjudged not straight but the feed at Sandbach’s scrum was crooked and the Vale survived.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-04-11) for full story.