Vale 45-14 Altrincham Kersal

Oli Dobson and Rob Ward sprints to claim the ball.
Oli Dobson and Rob Ward sprints to claim the ball.

The Vale not only completed the double over beleaguered Altrincham Kersal on Saturday, they collected maximum points as well.

Included in their seven try total was a hat-trick from winger Rob Ward, his first at this level, while stand off Jack Turton’s contribution was five conversions, plus a try.

Turton was instrumental in setting up Vale’s first try in the eighth minute when he lofted an accurate kick into the left hand corner where Olly Carter was perfectly positioned to collect the ball and score wide out, Turton converted with a superb kick.

The number ten was instrumental in the build up to Vale’s next score three minutes later.

His lightning, well balanced break split Altrincham’s defence, Ward popped up in support in a move that ended with James Curran crossing for an unconverted try again out on the left.

In the 15th minute Nick Royle scored his 38th try of the season after some slick passing between Carter and Turton, the conversion being kicked by Turton.

Royle made a break from his own half in the 26th minute, quickly outpacing the cover, Ward appeared on his elbow, the full back drew in one last defender before delivering an unselfish pass to Ward for the winger to open his account, and with it a bonus point, Turton converted via an upright.

However, in the 36th minute James Coulson strode away for an Altrincham try between the uprights which scum half Dave Coleman converted.

The Vale increased their lead two minutes into the second half when quick thinking by Royle at a line out sent Ward racing over for a try converted by Turton.

Following a number of Vale changes Altrincham Kersal started to exert some pressure but the Vale’s defence stood firm and in the 77th minute they went further ahead.

Turton completed a splendid contribution to the cause with a try after a sweeping attack which saw James Curran in full majestic flow on the blind side.

Ward collected his hat-trick in the 80th minute when he sped over after an excellent handling move by the threequarters.

Turton converted but there was still time for lock Paul McLaren-Dorrington to delight his supporters when he took the restart kick at full speed to clatter his way forward before he was engulfed, passion and power in one flowing movement.

In the closing move of the game Coleman burrowed his way over for a deserved try which he converted and while the Vale celebrated their victory the focus quickly switched to the next game and the implications surrounding its outcome; Moss Lane, a place for the faint hearted? Definitely not.