Vale of Lune suffered a one point defeat at Widnes on Saturday as a serious injury to the host’s stand off Josh Kenyon in stoppage time saw the game delayed by 33 minutes.
Following the injury referee Jenkins called both captains together to see if they would agree to the game being called off and the result to stand but Andy Powers, after consulting with his players, said he would like the game to resume when the injured player had either recovered or had been assessed by the ambulance crew.
So after a delay play recommenced but the Vale were unable to bridge the one point gap in the score line.
The visitors began brightly enough with Ben Dorrington kicking a penalty goal in the eighth minute.
Widnes’ Gareth Riley crossed for a try in the 17th minute, his fellow centre Dave Welsh added the conversion, and prop John Winstanley then proved unstoppable, his try being converted by Welsh also.
In the 50th minute lock Alex Baines went over following sustained forward pressure, his try being converted by Dorrington.
This score brought the Vale back into the game but Widnes continued to probe and test, varying their angles of attack and giving their opponents little respite.
In the 70th minute a rare Vale attack resulted in Dorrington kicking his second penalty to set up an intriguing climax, but Widnes held their nerve both before and after the injury, to give their loyal supporters something to cheer about.
*On Saturday the Vale of Lune play their final home North One West game against Carlisle. Prior to kick off the annual former players lunch will be held.
Ex-players, wives, girlfriends, partners, members, guests are all invited to attend, tickets cost £15. Please contact Andrea at the Vale 01524 64029 to reserve a place at one of the most popular events on the club’s social calendar.