SLIDESHOW: Vale 55-24 Carlisle

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After a disappointing result at Widnes Vale’s eight-try victory over Carlisle on Saturday took them into third place in North One West.

It was a game to celebrate for winger James Curran who scored a hat trick of tries in his 100th game for the Powderhouse Lane side.

Jonty Higgin about to score.

Jonty Higgin about to score.

The in-form winger made his debut in December 2003 in a home fixture against Kirkby Lonsdale and in the 2005/06 season he was the leading try scorer with 21, and after his three against Carlisle his total now stands at 61.

Nick Royle also scored two tries in the glorious autumn sunshine, with one each from Phil Berry, Jonty Higgin and Fraser Spavin.

Jack Turton returned to convert six of the scores as well as adding a penalty goal.

Altogether the Vale looked a more balanced outfit than the previous week in particular in the threequarters with Olly Carter forming a bracing centre partnership with Higgin in the absence of David Haigh and Adam Crisp.

There was some reshuffling in the forwards with Fraser Spavin taking the place of Harry Fellows who has gone off to Loughborough University.

A late withdrawal of Danny Lin, retirement being very much on the cards for last season’s first team player of the year, brought the industrious Ben Chaney into the back row.

But it was the Vale’s front row that built a powerful platform taking five against the head as the new scrum laws begin to spotlight once again the skills of the hooker.

Vale led 36-5 at half time stamping their authority on the game with an opening barrage of 24 points before the end of the first quarter.

Carlisle came back into the game early in the second half but the Vale always looked in command to keep the hard working visitors at arm’s length.

Injuries and numerous stoppages disrupted the closing minutes, but it was obvious that although Carlisle were facing a heavy points defeat something could be salvaged in the shape of a losing try bonus point.

Just before the final whistle their determined efforts were rewarded when winger Euan Foster touched down for an unconverted try.

Vale take on more Cumbrian opposition on Saturday when they travel to Wigton.