Wigton 34-12 Vale of Lune

Nick Royle scores for the Vale at Wigton.
Nick Royle scores for the Vale at Wigton.

Vale of Lune crashed to defeat at Wigton as the Cumbrians comprehensively maintained their unbeaten home record.

The visitors lacked impetus for long periods and never recovered after conceding 17 points in the opening quarter.

Vale were first undone at a five-metre line out.

In a well-rehearsed move man of the match, back row forward Mark Lee surged over for an unconverted try.

Flickering Vale attacks were repulsed rather too easily for comfort and in the 18th minute Wigton extended their lead.

A kick out of defence to nowhere in particular was fielded by full back Greg Smith who streaked through a static Vale defence before linking with winger Jordan Wood who crossed for an unconverted try.

Three minutes later the sprightly Wigton backs again pranced through the Vale’s defence, Smith converted his own try against a Vale side that one supporter suggested had not yet got off the coach.

As the game moved into closing 10 minutes the Vale began to rid themselves of some of the baggage they appeared to be carrying.

Phil Berry, who had another all-action game for the Vale, battled his way over the line for a try after a superb soaring take by Fraser Spavin at a five-metre line out, Jack Turton added the conversion.

Nick Royle went over in a blind side move for an unconverted try after the Vale had opted for a scrum rather than a kick at goal and suddenly the game was delicately poised; the Vale were playing with increasing confidence and at long last started to pose a threat.

A five-point margin is not a massive ravine to cross and too their credit the Vale did attempt to salvage something but Wigton were an ever-present danger and in the 58th minute the breakthrough came when Smith touched down for an unconverted try, and the try bonus point, after a bout of solid unpretentious scrummaging.

Further forward screw turning by Wigton resulted in a try for lock Mark Deans, converted by Smith with 16 to go.

Wigton added their final try with six minutes remaining. Smith flicked a pass inside to Stuart Creighton who crossed for an unconverted try.

A bad day at the office ended for the Vale when Darren Wilson appeared to have picked up a serious injury late in the game, unwelcome news ahead of a Cumbrian trilogy for the Vale who next host Kendal at Powderhouse Lane.