Vale hope to hit Birkenhead Park’s promotion bid

Vale coaching team from left Paul Woodward, Steve Swarbrick and Andy Higging.
Vale coaching team from left Paul Woodward, Steve Swarbrick and Andy Higging.
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Vale of Lune are hoping to hit Birkenhead Park’s North One West promotion hopes at Powderhouse Lane this weekend.

Saturday’s visitors are a point behind top of the table Wirral in second place but Vale are looking for a third win in a row and head coach Paul Woodward believes they should be confident of upsetting the odds.

Harry Fellows is set to return for the Vale of Lune.

Harry Fellows is set to return for the Vale of Lune.

He said: “They’re going to be right up for it after last week’s results, they’re only a point behind in second now.

“Sometimes that can go against teams because they give away silly penalties because they’re so fired up.

“It’s going to be a tough physical game but with the way we’ve been playing over the last couple of weeks and with the form of the likes of Nick Royle and Rob Ward, especially at home, we should be able to get something.”

Vale’s second straight victory came 35-20 at Woodward’s former club, struggling Liverpool St Helens, on Saturday with the man in charge particularly pleased with his side’s second-half display.

He said: “They were pretty desperate.

“They obviously wanted to try and win the game, especially with me coaching the Vale.

“It was two young sides but I was very pleased with the second half performance.

“Jack Turton’s only a young 10 but he led from the front and bossed the game really well.

“We caught up in the desperate atmosphere in the first 20 to 25 minutes and were a bit charitable but I was really impressed with the attitude and desire to come through it and get a thoroughly deserved win.”

Centre Jonty Higgin is set to return against Birkenhead after missing the victory over LSH as he was away in London.

Harry Fellows is back from Loughborough University for the Easter break and is slated to come in at number eight.