Vale 33-22 Broughton Park

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VALE of Lune ended their season in style with an impressive victory over Broughton Park to win the Brian Leigh Trophy final.

Within four minutes Park’s wily stand-off Kit Brammer took advantage of some sluggish tackling to cross for the easiest of tries, converted by Ronan O’Brien.

A try-saving James Hodder tackle then seemed to spur Vale. A clever Fergus Owens kick was quickly gathered up and Hodder sped over for a try under the posts which Jimmy Moore converted.

However, indisipline led to Vale conceding a penalty and the reliable O’Brien took advantage to put his side three points head.

Within five minutes of the restart Vale hit back and it was league top try scorer Fergus Owens who danced his way over for the try which Moore converted.

Now Vale were looking much better and after Park had been penalised three times for high tackles their defence looked a little more fragile.

Young Matt Rogerson was proving a particular handful and 10 minutes into the second half, he shrugged off several would be tacklers and created the room for Moore to crash his way to the line for a touchdown which he himself converted.

Now leading by 11 points,Vale appeared to have the game in the bag, but they continued to struggle in the line-outs and when they lost yet another ball, Park took advantage with a quick handling move that allowed winger Jamie Harrison to race around an over-stretched defence for a try under the posts, converted by O’Brien.

It signalled another period of Park pressure but Vale gradually worked their way back into the game and once again their speed caught out the Park defence as a Fergus Owens inspired break saw a fine run from Hodder who looked to be heading for a try when he was upended by a trip, but not before he had scrambled the ball to Moore who battled over for his second try. Again he converted.

Vale made sure of victory when replacement Adam Macluskie crashed through several tacklers and darted for the line for an unconverted try.

Now there was just seven minutes left, but that was time enough for Park replacement John Beardmore to score an unconverted try in the last move of the game.

Before the end, two 18-year-olds, Jay Rudland-Thomas and Alex Baines, came off the bench.

Vale of Lune: J Moore, A Richards, I Bird, K Barker, J Hodder, F Owens, O Hughes, J Hesketh, P Watson, M Hanson, D Perry, M Rogerson, S Wallbank, D Lin, G Tudor. Reps used: A Macluskie, L Acton, J Rudland Thomas. Reps unused: O Cowey, J Higgin, A Morrison.