VALE of Lune U10s first game was more even than the final score would suggest.
Vale got the match underway with a forceful run from Hallam, well supported by Squirrel and Raymond, but failed to run in the try. Preston counterattacked but a fine tackle from Bywater won the ball back for Vale. Jackson played in Connolly who looked to run in a try for Vale, but a last ditch tackle from Preston held him up on the line.
Vale’s forwards performed well in the scrum but were slow to get into the rucks in the first half, a pause in concentration allowed Preston to cross the try line to make it 5-0 at half-time.
In the second half early pressure from the home team saw Vale on the back foot and despite tackles from J Reeder and Squirrel, Preston added to their tally. Swarbrick-Thompson showed grit to gain territory for Vale with a rolling maul but stout defending from Preston prevented Vale from crossing the line.
Vale had plenty of possession at the end of the second half but failed to break down Preston’s defence. Another attack from Vale quickly broke down and Preston gained the ball back from the ensuing ruck, showing good movement to get their third and final try of the game.
Preston Grasshoppers 0, Vale of Lune U10 30
VALE began this game on the attack with Swarbrick-Thompson driving down the pitch well into Preston’s territory. Vale’s forwards were good value when they turned Preston over in the scrum and crossed the line for Vale’s first try of the day.
Vale won a line-out and scrum-half Dobson combined well with Downie to play the ball wide to R Reeder who evaded a couple of tackles before diving over for Vale’s second. Keeping up the pressure, J Reeder and Downie made big tackles in the midfield to help regain possession for the visitors. Dobson did well to control his forwards in the scrum and line-out with Vale dominant in the majority of set plays.
Vale continued to control the game in the second half winning a Preston line-out allowing Bentley to run down the wing to put Vale three tries ahead. Preston struggled to get the ball out to their back line and pretty soon Vale won the ball back through Bywater’s tackle.
Dobson passed the ball out to Downie who played it wide to send Bentley over for his second. A Preston infringement gave Vale a penalty and Bywater showed great pace to run through the home team’s defensive line for Vale’s fifth. Another try for Vale came at the final whistle giving Vale a 30-0 victory.
Preston Grasshoppers 5, Vale of Lune U10 20
THE first half of the final match was an even contest with both teams showing good defensive displays. Preston were first to attack and gained good yards with a powerful drive. Vale lost their line-out and the home team capitalised on the gap on Vale’s flank, crossing the line to make it 5-0.
Some good passing from Jackson and Squirrel got the Vale into the opposition’s half before good scrimmaging from J Reeder and Blackshaw kept the ball alive.
Preston were caught offside in the following ruck and a quick penalty to Vale gave Dobson the opportunity to get over the line for a well deserved try, ending the first half even at 5-5.
The second half began with Vale turning over Preston’s scrum and Squirrel being quick to breakaway and put Vale ahead.
Vale’s back line looked fresh with great runs from Jackson and Bywater, who were a constant threat to Preston’s defence. Another flowing movement from Vale saw Downie’s short pass reach Bentley, who still had plenty of work to do to get his third try of the day. Vale’s forwards were also not to be outdone and again they turned over the home team in the scrum with Raymond showing great determination to run in Vale’s final try of the game.
Vale of Lune U10: Bentley, Blackshaw, Bolton, Bywater, Connolly, Dobson, Downie, Hallam, Jackson, Raymond, J Reeder, R Reeder, Squirrel, Swarbrick-Thompson.