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Vale of Lune 2
Penrith 2
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - The University of Salford 'NWL' - Conference B

TIMETO RELAX.

Victory against Penrith means that fingernails can begin to grow again unhindered.


Vale avenged two earlier defeats at the hands of Penrith with a deserved victory to make certain of Bateman BMW Premier League status next season which was doubly underlined when it was announced that Broughton Park seconds had been stripped of points following infringement of the laws relating to a fixture being called off.

In an excellent team performance special mention must be made of the collective efforts of the pack. Prop Phil Berry saw off his opposite number, while replacement Jay Ashton-Yamnikar put in a full shift which contained a number of shuddering tackles.

Vale were forced to make changes from their selected line up and injuries to Issac Thompson and Lawrence Wallace caused further disruptions. The Vale coped well under the circumstances and although they were guilty of conceding a couple of soft tries they were in control for long periods at crucial stages of the game.

Penrith kicked an early penalty goal but in the fifth minute Andy Muir fielded a wayward kick out of defence to claim a try in the corner from virtually nothing. A Gareth Price penalty followed in the ninth minute prior to the Vale having to reshuffle their side following the departure of Lawrence Wallace.

Once back in the groove the Vale applied pressure with the in form Huw Marsden touching down for a try converted by Price in the twenty second minute. Phil Berry’s all round efforts were rewarded with an unconverted try but gradually Penrith edged their way back into the game. Either side of half time they recorded two converted tries to reduce the Vale’s lead to three points.

After coming through a testing period the Vale stabilized the situation with two nerve calming tries from the fired up Jay Ashton-Yamnikar one of which Price converted. Holding a comfortable lead the Vale were unable to halt a determined charge from a Penrith prop for an unconverted try wide out.

If there were any doubts about the outcome a Vale victory was nailed down when the industrious Adam Foxcroft picked up and dived over from one metre out, which had increased to thirty during the course of the evening, after his fellow forwards had driven their opposite numbers backwards.

On Saturday the Vale travel to Lymm for their closing game of the campaign which over a number of weeks has forced them to dig deep to clamber their way out of the relegation zone. During the last three months the Vale have displayed tremendous character, their heads have never dropped, the team spirit has been first class and despite all the trials and tribulations they have remained philosophical and played with a smile on their faces. Well done to all.

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As it happened

  • Vale of Lune 2
  • Penrith 2
  • 0
  • A Muir Try 5:00'
  • G Price Penalty 9:00'
  • L Wallace Sub Off 10:00'
  • J Ashton-Yamnikar Sub On 10:00'
  • H Marsden Try 22:00'
  • G Price Conversion 23:00'
  • P Berry Try 28:00'
  • J Ashton-Yamnikar Try 53:00'
  • J Whyke Sub On 54:00'
  • G Price Conversion 54:00'
  • I Thompson Sub Off 54:00'
  • J Ashton-Yamnikar Try 59:00'
  • P Jackson Sub Off 60:00'
  • M Field Sub On 60:00'
  • G Price Conversion 60:00'
  • A Foxcroft Try 74:00'

Period 1

5:00
A Muir scores for Vale of Lune 2
9:00
G Price kicks a penalty for Vale of Lune 2
10:00
L Wallace is substituted off for Vale of Lune 2
10:00
J Ashton-Yamnikar is substituted on for Vale of Lune 2
22:00
H Marsden scores for Vale of Lune 2
23:00
G Price kicks a conversion for Vale of Lune 2
28:00
P Berry scores for Vale of Lune 2

Period 2

53:00
J Ashton-Yamnikar scores for Vale of Lune 2
54:00
J Whyke is substituted on for Vale of Lune 2
54:00
G Price kicks a conversion for Vale of Lune 2
54:00
I Thompson is substituted off for Vale of Lune 2
59:00
J Ashton-Yamnikar scores for Vale of Lune 2
60:00
P Jackson is substituted off for Vale of Lune 2
60:00
M Field is substituted on for Vale of Lune 2
60:00
G Price kicks a conversion for Vale of Lune 2
74:00
A Foxcroft scores for Vale of Lune 2

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    Pd Pts
1. Burnage 2 12 45
2. Vale of Lune 2 12 33
3. Liverpool SH 2 12 31
4. Altrincham Kersal 2 12 30
5. Penrith 2 12 28
6. Lymm 2 12 24
7. Broughton Pk 2 12 15

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