Vale of Lune blasted their way into the semi-finals of the Brian Leigh Lancashire Trophy with an emphatic ten try victory against Wigan at Douglas Valley with James Hodder converting nine tries, two short of the record he set at Kirkby Lonsdale at the end of the of the 2010/11 season.
Conditions were perfect, if a little chilly at Wigan, with the Vale opening the scoring in the second minute when stand off Kieron Doyle neatly threaded his way over for his try, converted by Hodder.
Wigan levelled the scores in the eighth minute with a well worked try from scrum half Martin Gambles, converted by Andrew Whittle.
After a competitive opening quarter Vale’s pace and conviction began to assert itself and by half time they had established a 35-7 lead with tries from Andy Powers, Sam Moorby, Nick Royle and David Haigh, all converted by Hodder. Jonty Higgin added to the Vale’s total in the sixty fourth minute, his try being again converted by Hodder before a period of sustained Wigan pressure was rewarded with a try from hooker Mike Rigby converted by Whittle.
Vale hit back immediately with a try from Royle, converted by Hodder, followed by a sixty metre solo effort from the free running Wallbank in the seventy third minute. As the game moved into injury time both Moorby and Wallbank added to their haul, their tries being converted by Hodder in a confidence boosting victory for the visitors ahead of their North One West fixture at Fleetwood on Saturday.
Vale of Lune: N Royle; J Hodder, D Haigh, J Higgin, S Moorby; K Doyle, D Wilson (Capt); S Foy, A Powers, P Berry; L Acton, S Wallbank; G Tudor, D Lin, B Charnley. Replacements used A Cowey, O Cowey, A Garnett, J Ferguson