Vale coach believes league finish is fair reflection of season

Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward.
Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward.

Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward believes his side’s eighth-place finish in North One West is a fair reflection of their season.

Vale lost 22-19 to Broughton Park at Powderhouse Lane on Saturday to end their campaign with a narrow defeat in a game where the home side had chances to add the three points needed for a draw but elected to go for broke.

Woodward said: “We could have gone for the draw but had a tap penalty near the sticks and knocked on over the line.

“The gamble didn’t pay off but the draw wouldn’t have made a difference either way in terms of our league position.

“The way things have gone we’ve probably finished where we deserved to.

“We’ve got targets now next year with Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale finishing above us.”

Woodward has had a young squad at his disposal and believes they have learnt a lot in a campaign of fine lines with the Vale having four draws on their record.

He said: “If you look at how many draws we’ve had, and we could have had another on Saturday, with a bit more experience a couple of those would have been wins.

“We’ve got some young lads who have no fear and just want to play rugby and sometimes they play too much.

“I said to the lads on Saturday that we’ve done some really good things but we’ve got to learn from those as well as the stuff we didn’t do so well.

“Even in terms of availability and people going on stag dos and things like that if we want to be up near the top of the league and challenging for promotion that needs to change.

“So you might see a different attitude next year.”

The players return for training on July 8 and the work ahead of next season is well underway.

Woodward said: “We are going to be adding to the squad and planning is well under way for next season.

“Our pre-season friendlies are in the diary and we’re looking at opportunities for team building.”