WITH a number of their regulars injured or unavailable against promotion seeking Burnage, Vale of Lune’s prospects were far from high but, displaying remarkable resilience and character, they came back from a 29-8 deficit in the second half to come within a try of snatching a remarkable victory.
Vale shot away to the ideal start when, following a crunching charge from prop James Hesketh, Burnage were penalised and Jimmy Moore kicked the goal after a minute.
This score only served to galvanise Burnage and they immediately put the Vale under pressure.
One forward drive from a line out was repulsed but from a solid five metre scrum number eight Ollie Hewitt picked up to muscle his way over for a try converted by winger Adam Knight after eight minutes.
There was an air of belief about Burnage but they could be broken down, as Alistair Richards proved when he raced clear only to have a potential try chalked off when referee Taylor had deemed Darren Wilson’s pass forward in the 12th minute.
See The Visitor (13-04-11) for full story.