A Barber brace & Skinkis footrace !
Party time at Vale.
Vale of Lune 57 Northwich 22
Players, coaches and supporters travelled to Lancaster knowing that winning this match would be a tall order. With the league title in the bag the Lancastrians were already in party mood when the blacks arrived. With the sun blazing down and an immaculate playing surfice it was clear that the home side would want to put on a show. This is exactly waht they did showing why they won the league and why they have the resourses to compete at the higher level. The oppoertunity for Northwich to follow them is still realistic, although Wilmslow closed the gap and the destiny of the play-offs moved into their hands.
Within 3 minutes of the kick off the home side registered their first try. A handling error gave Vale an attacking scrum and the ball was moved through the backs who showed real class in finding the gap to score and convert. Although somewhat shell-shocked the blacks responded well and 10 minutes later were rewarded with a Baldwin penalty kick for not realeasing. For the next 15 minutes it was all Northwich. However, they could find no way through the resolute defence and another error was punished by some excellent back play and another 7 points. Two further tries followed in the half the first was unconverted on the 35th minute and the second deep in stoppage time saw the extras take Vale into a 26-3 lead at the break.
A further 2 tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half gave Vale a 38-3 lead and effectively ended the contest. The blacks dont know when to throw the towel in and replied with a great try from Barber of a simple move off a scrum. Baldwin added the extras. Five minutes later Barber sored a second try which Baldwin converted. The response from Vale was punishing with another brace of tries taking their tally to 50 points. With just 3 minutes left it was Barber back in the action. He made a good break and kicked the ball into the enourmous in-goal area for Skinkis to touchdown. All of a sudde thoughts turned to a possible bonus point. This was not to be the case as Vale finished the match with a converted try to round off a fine performance. There were som excellet performances notably Richard Dale whos contribution was emmence.
Team: Ridgway, Lapniewski,King,Farley,Fray,Balshaw,Heywood,Richard Dale,Poste,Baldwin,Skinkis,Reilly,Underhill,Sam Naylor,Barber,Lindsay,Hulbert,James
Northwich will finish the campaign (Play.Off excepting) next week with a home tie agaist Rochdale KO 3pm, CHAIRMANS DAY.