Broughton Park 23-28 Vale of Lune

Harry Fellows in the middle of the action.
Harry Fellows in the middle of the action.
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There was plenty to celebrate for the Vale of Lune in their opening North One West fixture of the season when they recorded their first ever victory at Hough End and only their second on Broughton Park territory since September 2000.

Glasses were also raised for one of Vale’s debutants; stand off Jack Turton, a recent signing from Preston Grasshoppers, who not only joined the elite group of players who register a try on debut but he converted all his sides bonus point four tries.

Nick Royle hands off the opposition.

Nick Royle hands off the opposition.

Other new faces in Vale’s line up included prop Ben Corless and threequarter replacement, Adam Crisp, but there was still a spine of experienced players in the squad; however, Jimmy Moore and David Haigh were missing from the backs, while the forwards were without, Danny Lin and Lee Acton.

Newly promoted Broughton Park fell behind to an early try from full back Nick Royle, Turton converted.

The visitors were unable to maintain their early potential though and fell behind to a penalty goal and a rather messy try before the end of the first quarter.

As always Park are no pushovers on their own patch but gradually a lively Vale side started to use go forward ball more effectively, their flowing rugby being rewarded with a Turton try which he converted.

But Vale’s lack of concentration at a penalty was punished when the home side spotted a certain amount of naivety in the assessment of the situation and before the Vale could react a try had been pilfered from in front of their noses.

Normal service was resumed before the interval when the strong running Jonty Higgin crossed for a try converted by Turton, but once again some silly errors and sloppy play allowed Park to regain the lead with a converted try and a penalty goal well before the hour mark.

Showing commendable spirit the Vale refused to allow the home side to dictate and they were rewarded when James Curran, using Royle as the decoy, touched down for the all-important bonus point, his try being converted by Turton.

In a testing few minutes the Vale’s resolve was first class as they inched their way to victory and become the only club in North One West to register an away victory.

Vale of Lune: N Royle; J Curran, A Powers, J Higgin, A Macluskie; J Turton, D Wilson (Capt); B Corless, P Berry, A Cowey; H fellows, A Foxcroft; A Baines, G Tudor, B Charnley. Replacements used: O Cowey, F Spavin, A Crisp.

Man of the Match: Phil Berry