Trophy win highlight of 2011 for Vale

Lancashire Trophy. Vale v Broughton park. Picture Tony North
Lancashire Trophy. Vale v Broughton park. Picture Tony North

AS THE year of the rabbit drew to a close the Vale of Lune had played a total of 34 games winning 21, drawing three and losing 10, they scored 1,063 points and had 774 scored against them, inclusive of their August pre-season fixtures.

The highlight of the Vale’s year was undoubtedly the wining of the Brian Leigh Lancashire Trophy in May against Broughton Park 33-22, at Sedgley Park.

Vale produced a tremendous second half performance to ensure the trophy returned to Powderhouse Lane after an absence of 15 years.

At the beginning of January 2011, following a welcome thaw, the Vale travelled to Leigh in sixth position in North One West, eventually finishing the season in fifth place.

The Vale won at Leigh 39-10 and neatly topped and tailed the year with a home league win against Carlisle 23-17 on December 17.

Ahead of their home game against Anselmians on January 7, the Vale move again into a new year in fifth place.

They are 18 points behind leaders Sandbach who finished one place below the Vale at the conclusion of last season.

During the second part of 2010/11 North One West season the Vale won or drew games against every club beneath them, but failed to resister a victory against champions Altrincham Kersal, Burnage who were promoted via a play-off, Liverpool St Helens and Northwich, although they did defeat Northwich at the Lane 10-3 in November 2010.

A similar pattern has emerged in the first half of the 2011/12 season because so far the Vale have only taken points off one club above them, coincidentally it was Northwich. Vale’s home win, a comprehensive 31-5 victory against the Cheshire side at the end of October, certainly raised the bar in addition to a few eyebrows.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-01-12) for full story.