Vale of Lune 36-15 Carlisle

Vale captain Darren Wilson passing the ball to Nick Royle.
Vale captain Darren Wilson passing the ball to Nick Royle.
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In front of the largest crowd of the season the Vale not only completed the double over Carlisle, but they leapfrogged their Cumbrian league rivals to move into third place in North One West.

In the 11th minute Jimmy Moore kicked a penalty goal following a high tackle on Danny Lin.

However, Carlisle were setting the pace and in the 16th minute their endeavours resulted in a try.

Then, from a scrum, the ball was moved right with winger Dan Holmes going over for an unconverted try.

It only took Vale four minutes to regain the lead as James Hodder completed a quick handling move, the winger cutting back inside for a try converted by Moore.

Five minute later Lin was in the right place at the right time to pinch the ball from under the noses of Carlisle’s forwards at a line out.

He slipped the ball to Moore, who serenely slipped over for a try which he converted.

Phil Berry was sent to the sin bin in the 28th minute, and then after a passage of flailing handbags Sam Wallbank, along with his opposite number, was also sent to the naughty step in the 30 second minute.

In the opening minutes of the second half Carlisle’s stand off Glen Weightman kicked a penalty goal.

But after an hour’s play Vale prop Andrew Sutcliffe was ideally positioned to ground the ball following a forward drive. Moore added the conversion.

Carlisle’s skipper Bobby Sherlock then powered his way over wide on the left for a converted try to reduce the Vale’s lead to eight points.

The Vale remained composed and in the 81st minute Nick Royle touched down for an unconverted try, which secured the bonus point.

In the final move, the Vale underlined their victory with their fifth try. Royle’s attempted drop goal flew wide but Andy Powers was alert to the possibilities as the ball bobbled on the dead goal area.

As he pursued the ball he was obstructed in his efforts to ground the ball and referee Taylor had no hesitation awarding a penalty try which Moore converted from in front.

Vale of Lune: N Royle; J Hodder, D Haigh (D Wilson 7), A Powers, S Moorby; J Higgin, J Moore; P Berry, O Cowey, A Sutcliffe; G Tudor, S Wallbank; A Baines, D Lin, B Charnley.

Man of the Match: Phil Berry.