Wirral 75, Vale of Lune 7

FOLLOWING some disappointing results of late, Wirral bounced back with a dominant display against relegated Vale of Lune despite still having a number of first team squad players out injured.

The opening try came after only three minutes when James Annetts cut through the Vale defence to score and he also went on to convert the first nine tries of the game.

Tries continued to accrue on a regular basis with the try bonus point coming after 20 minutes following touchdowns from Chris Crowley, Mark Williams and James Reeves.

In the period before half-time, Wirral continued to play with confidence with all players looking to play 15 man rugby with good backing up and speed of passing and this led to three further tries through Stuart Grattan, James Reeve and Chris Speed to leave the score 49-0 at half time.

Immediately after half-time, prop Ryan Higginson crossed from 5m out after good work by Ben Brooks and then the larger than normal crowd had to wait a further 17 minutes before the next score as Vale worked hard when in possession to control the play.

In the 59th minute Stuart Grattan scored his second close the Vale posts and three minutes later Mark Williams went on a weaving 60m run to score wide out and James Annetts who had scored nine conversions missed with his 10th to leave the score at 68-0.

Vale never gave up and were rewarded with a try through Jack Ayrton close to the posts and the conversion came from Fergus Owen.

However, Wirral had the final say with a second try from Chris Crowley and a conversion from Joe Murray.

It was a pleasing result for Wirral following a number of disappointing results recently not helped by the level of injuries incurred during the last two months, but proof to their supporters that the ability is their within the team.