Fylde U9s 6-9 Vale U9s

VALE of Lune U9s were met with perfect conditions when they travelled away to Fylde, which would help produce some great rugby.

In match one it was the Vale who started the stronger, with some impressive forward play, their rucking gaining praise from the home coaches.

On the first play it was the returning prop Morrison who was first at the Fylde offence.

Some great work around the ruck from Kirkpatrick and Evans ensured the turnover.

Vale scrum-half Clare, who is making the nine shirt his own, collected and fired in for the score.

Vale again maintained the pressure on the Fylde pack which paid its rewards when Lynch, with his usual style and flair, rounded a bunch of Fylde players.

A classic side step from touch and he was in.

The Vale got their maul going and a blistering team drive took them close to the Fylde line.

On the breakdown in popped the scrum half to collect and score.

Another try from Lynch put the Vale well in control of the tie.

The Vale made three changes and handed out some debuts – Preddy, Davis and Thompson all got their first starts.

On the restart it was the home side who got into it with some counter rucking, the Vale pack losing out on a couple of rucks.

This inspired the Fylde team and they scored two well deserved tries.

Rich, who always has her eye on the game, continued with her impressive ripping and on numerous occasions stole the ball from the Fylde players.

After a tremendous tackle by Baines, Rich was rewarded for her efforts when she touched down in style.

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Vale of Lune U9 6

GAME two gave the chance for some positional changes, with Sutcliffe and Glendenning coming into the pack, the two new props getting straight into the action after the knock on at the first play.

Flylde collected the loose ball and they were nearly in, and again a great defensive display from Dodge thwarted their charge.

Fylde, however, took the lead, and this stirred the Vale attack and it was Baines who burst through to score.

A quick tap and go and Fylde were at the Vale again, only to be held up by winger Preddy, who with the help of Buckley, forced the ball back to Vale.

Kirkpatrick took the honours and went in. A great Vale team try.

There was still time for Thompson to get through only to be thwarted by a good Fylde tackle, a good set up allowed Kirkpatrick in once more.

The Vale U9s played with a great attitude, and in such good company.

Vale of Lune U9: Baines, Buckley, Clare, Davis, Dodge, Evans, Glendenning, Kirkpatrick, Lynch, Morrison, Preddy, Rich, Sutcliffe, Thompson.