Vale 76-10 Wigton

Sam Wallbank drives forward for Vale. Picture: TONY NORTH.
Sam Wallbank drives forward for Vale. Picture: TONY NORTH.

IT WAS trombone time at the Lane as the Vale of Lune not only recorded their highest league points victory since they defeated Aspatria at home last April 72-12 but their largest victory margin since winning 74-7 at Rossendale in March 2006.

Vale opened the scoring in the fourth minute when full back Neale Foster made a 80-metre solo run to cross the line and converted via an upright.

Vale’s second try came from lock forward Luke Ford, who charged over after the ball had been switched from left to right, Moore put over the conversion in the ninth minute.

Wigton’s winger kicked a 13th-minute penalty goal but shortly after Phil Watson had taken the first of his two scrums against the head, Foster chipped over a penalty.

In the 17th minute, kaleidoscopic passing from the Vale was enough to create space on the left for Moore, who cruised over for an unconverted try.

As the game moved into its second quarter the bonus point was banked when Ian Bird elegantly completed an attack begun by a scampering Alistair Richards.

With ten minutes remaining, a solid Vale scrum nudged Wigton towards their goal line and the ball was released at the right time for the backs to send Adam Macluskie racing between the posts, Foster converting.

Prop Mark Hanson was ideally placed to take a flicked round the back pass from Owens for a neatly crafted try, Foster adding the extras.

In the closing minutes a rumbustious Wigton scrum caught the Vale off guard, centre Chris Pattinson ending a period of pressure with a try converted by Wright.

Five minutes into the second half, Wilson raced crossfield, dragging the cover with him, Richards spotted the unfolding pattern and came in on cue to take Wilson’s reverse pass to score between the posts, Foster chipping over.

Vale’s next score in the 54th minute saw Richards cast in the role of provider when he floated a perfectly weighted pass to Owens who eased over for his try which Foster converted.

Quick thinking at a line out ended with Foster nipping over and being credited with a conversion.

Owens collected his second try with a light footed sequence that took him over in the 72nd minute, Foster converting.

With the curtain beginning to come down Moore collected a kick ahead from Wilson at full speed for a try which he converted as the Vale finished in a blaze of glory.

Vale of Lune: N Foster; A Richards, A Macluskie (J Hodder 53), I Bird, J Moore; F Owens, D Wilson; P Jackson, P Watson, M Hanson (J Hesketh 40); D Ford, D Perry (Capt); S Wallbank (D Lin 53), A Garnett, G Tudor.

Match Sponsors: Friends of the Vale

Match Ball Sponsor: Border Asset Management.