Vale 76-10 Wigton

Neale Foster sprints for the line against Wigton.
Neale Foster sprints for the line against Wigton.

IT WAS trombone time at the Lane as the Vale of Lune not only recorded their highest league points victory since they defeated Aspatria at home last April 72-12 but their largest winning margin since winning 74-7 at Rossendale in March 2006.

Vale opened the scoring in the fourth minute when full back Neale Foster made a 80-metre solo run to cross the line and converted via an upright.

Vale’s second try came from lock forward Luke Ford, who charged over after the ball had been switched from left to right, Moore put over the conversion in the ninth minute.

Wigton’s winger kicked a 13th-minute penalty goal but shortly after Phil Watson had taken the first of his two scrums against the head, Foster chipped over a penalty.

In the 17th minute, kaleidoscopic passing from the Vale was enough to create space on the left for Moore, who cruised over for an unconverted try.

As the game moved into its second quarter the bonus point was banked when Ian Bird elegantly completed an attack begun by a scampering Alistair Richards.

With ten minutes remaining, a solid Vale scrum nudged Wigton towards their goal line and the ball was released at the right time for the backs to send Adam Macluskie racing between the posts, Foster converting.

See The Visitor (23-03-11) for full story.