Vale of Lune 3s 28 Fylde Vandals 20
Fylde Vandals ventured up the M6 to Powderhouse Lane Lancaster for their latest league encounter against Vale of Lune 3rd team. A strong squad of 25 made the journey which shows the fantastic commitment of the whole Vandals group.
There was only one Vale team at home so this meant one thing…..the big pitch!! Vale’s main pitch is probably one of the biggest in the country with only one other, that I know of as big if not bigger, and that is Fylde’s main pitch. Either way the Vandals always love playing on either of these two sweeping plains!!
Vale started like a house on fire and within ten minutes they were two converted tries up. They had used their big ball carriers and a couple of pacey backs to good effect and the Vandals didn’t know what had hit them. The Fylde boys began to settle into the game and with some quick thinking from the back row and half backs they were putting the pressure back on Vale. Jack King was an ever willing ball recipient and proved to more than a handful for the Vale defence all afternoon. He scored the Vandals first try after bursting through the midfield to score to the right of the posts.
Ali Atkinson was leading from the front and was popping up in all the expected places and some unexpected ones too. He was on hand to grab his team’s second try in typical Vandals fashion, the big boys up front unstoppable from a lineout. Neither of the two tries were converted.
Dave Porter and Richard Mason had picked up knocks and had been replaced by Jon Whitby and Sean Whiteside. Jack King went onto the flank and Sean Whiteside took his position in the centre.
Unfortunately Sean pretty quickly picked up an injury too and he too had retire from the proceedings. Jack King went back into the midfield and Jack Worsley went to flanker. All these shenanigans changed nothing for the Vandals and they finished the half on the front foot.
Soon into the second half the front foot got a little bigger as Jon Whitby, who was having a storming game at number 8, picked up at the base of a scrum near the Vale line, dummied to the outside, stepped to the inside and dived for the score, brilliant! This move is now called The Salford Salsa and will certainly go down in Vandals folklore. The lead changed hands with the Vandals now in front 14-15 but Vale were soon back on the attack and their fleet of foot scrumhalf sprinted home after a quickly taken penalty. They followed this up with another score and were now 28-15 up with about ten minutes to go.
The Vandals had gained full aerial superiority in the lineouts and the forwards marched their way up the pitch in good fashion. New to the team this season Liam Sheedy, has taken to the Vandals way of life like a duck to water, he’s played out of position when asked and just got on with it. He went into the front row earlier in the half and was on hand at exactly the right time to go over for his first Vandals try, well done Liam.
Another score was needed but time was running out and the Vandals couldn’t quite do it. The effort to the end was exceptional but it was just not to be and Vale took the victory 28-20. This was a great game to play in and hopefully everyone on the touchline enjoyed it too.
Well done to Vale for the win we definitely look forward to the return fixture later in the season.
Fylde Vandals is a wondrous thing and Saturday showed this to its full extent. Okay we didn’t win but the effort and commitment was unbelievable and not just from those on the pitch. The squad at Vale was a big one and it subsequently proved difficult to give everyone game time but it doesn’t affect those who don’t get on, they are there if needed and they know they will get on the pitch next time. Thanks to everyone who was there, you are the best and I personally can’t wait for next week when we take on Hawcoat Park 2’s at the Woodlands. See you all for that one!
Fylde Vandals – Rupert Cobain, Chris Cardwell, Rob King, Ali Atkinson (c), Richard Todd, Richard Mason, Sam Watson, Dave Porter, Phil Swindells, Jack Jones, Niall Cartmell, Jack King, Ben Hall, Adam Todd, Stuart Satchell, Mike Hewitson, Alex Grey, Rafael Laverde, Jack Worsley, Jon Whitby, Liam Sheedy, Damian King, Sean Whiteside, Nathan Clegg, Tony Rawlinson.
The management – The EPC
Report – Phil Swindells
Photos – Rafael Laverde