Coach hopes postponement will fire Vale up for Kirkby derby clash

Paul Woodward dishes out instructions.
Paul Woodward dishes out instructions.

Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward hopes his side’s frustration at seeing their derby against Kirkby Lonsdale postponed will drive them onto victory.

The two local rivals were set to lock horns last Saturday only for the Underley Park pitch to be waterlogged by the recent weather.

But they won’t have to wait long for the clash as a free North One West weekend means it has been rearranged for this Saturday, February 22.

Woodward said: “From the text messages I got from the lads when it was postponed I could see they were gutted.

“We were keyed up for it so it was very, very frustrating. At least we don’t have to wait to wait too long for the game with there being a free weekend.

“And I’m sure everyone is still fired up and if they weren’t I’d have to think about their place in the team.

“Hopefully (the postponement) it will fire the lads up even more. They’ve just got to keep their discipline and I’m sure we can get a good result.”

The planned blank weekend means number eight Matt Rogerson is unavailable for the derby clash with Woodward hoping not to lose any more players in the run up to the game.

The head coach also admitted he’ll be keeping one eye on the weather.

He said: “With it being half term this week hopefully we’re not going to lose anybody else.

“The weather’s not looking great towards the end of the week again either and with it being waterlogged already we’ll have to wait and see what it’s going to be like.”

Vale go into the game one place and four points above their near rivals in North One West.

As well as the first team, the rest of the club’s fixtures were called off on Saturday.

This weekend Vale A travel to Altrincham Kersal while the fourth team host local rivals Preston Grasshoppers.