Vale win moves Dale up

Rossendale Free Press - - Property -

NORTH PREMIER DIVI­SION ROSSENDALE............ 26 VALE OF LUNE ........... 0 GE­OFF LIGHTFOOT ROSSENDALE moved up to fourth place in North Premier fol­low­ing a 26-0 win at home to Vale of Lune.

Their progress up the rank­ings was in part due to the de­feat of San­dal by league lead­ers Hull, the first time this sea­son the West York­shire club have had their colours low­ered on their own patch.

On a day not par­tic­u­larly con­ducive to free flow­ing rugby, Rossendale opened with a try from Jack Ward.

Har­ri­son Mould­ing, tak­ing a quick tap fol­low­ing an in­fring­ment at a scrum, spread the ball wide for Ward to crash over.

James Bramhall slot­ted the con­ver­sion and from clean ball off the top of the line out and a neat run round be­tween Bramhall and Mould­ing the scrum half took the in­side pass to go over for the sec­ond.

Bramhall was again on hand with the ex­tras.

With the home side now very much in con­trol swift hands from quick ruck ball cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity for Ge­orge Peel to bring up the third.

With half time ap­proach­ing a break by Matt Black­man and with Phil Mills sup­port­ing on the in­side, the back row went over to col­lect Rossendale’s fourth try and the bonus point.

With the game over as a con­test by the half­way point, the sec­ond half proved a desul­tory af­fair with nei­ther side adding to the score­line.

The 1st XV are on the road this week­end with a trip to face Al­nwick, cur­rently eighth in the league, kick off 2.15pm.

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