Vale coach wants more passion from players

Nick Royle charges his way into the record books for the Vale of Lune.
Nick Royle charges his way into the record books for the Vale of Lune.

Head coach Paul Woodward has placed all of his first choice players up for second team selection after the Vale of Lune’s latest defeat at Leigh.

It’s now just one win in nine after the 25-15 loss on Saturday and with a free North One West weekend ahead all players have been made available for the second team game at Wilmslow.

Record breaker Nick Royle.'Leigh v Vale.

Record breaker Nick Royle.'Leigh v Vale.

Woodward said: “It wasn’t a good afternoon for us.

“We are a lot better than the way we played. They deserved to win because they wanted it more.

“That’s why I’ve made the first team players available for selection for the second team this weekend.

“I want them to show me more passion.”

The Vale chief admitted he could see the affect the poor run of form was having on his side and was thankful for the blank Saturday.

Woodward said: “We have been on a bit of a losing streak and we went ahead early on (against Leigh) but a couple of penalties set us back and you could just see the heads go down.

“In the same way that winning does, losing can become a habit.

“I’m a glad that we’ve got a week off and the game against (bottom side) Altrincham the following week is a really winnable one.”

One bright spark for the Vale was Nick Royle breaking Mark Nelson’s 20-year-old record for number of tries in a season as he moved onto 37 against Leigh.

In a strange twist of fate, Nelson was Royle’s coach at his previous club Fylde.

Woodward said: “I dread to think what would have happened if we hadn’t had Nick this year.

“It’s a great achievement.

“His performances are something we can really build on for next year.”