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Vale of Lune 46-31 Kirkby Lonsdale
KIRKBY LONSDALE failed to repeat their Mint Bridge heroics as Vale of Lune secured derby day delight despite a hat-trick of tries from the influential Dave Barton.
Full-back Nick Royle matched this feat as Rob Ward, Gareth Tudor, James Curran and Jack Turton also touched down as the home claimed their fourth win of the season.
Barton was joined on the scoresheet by Australian Sam Latu – his first try for the club – and stand-in skipper Jack Akrigg as the Rams came up short at Powder House Lane.
Ed Towers deputised at scrum-half in place of Ben Walker while prop Johnas Thorsen and centre Tom Pickthall remain on the injury list as captain Matt Hughes took his place on the bench.
Kirkby’s kicking duties fell to Dan Armistead, with the prop seeing an early penalty rebound off the crossbar before Royle finished off a crisp handling move to give Vale the lead moments later.
Vale have won four of the last six outings between the two sides, clocking up 202 points in three of those, and extended their lead on 13 minutes.
Royle was once again the man on the spot, crossing the line after a powerful run for a try converted by Turton before Kirkby showed their resilience to hit back and stun their hosts.
The Rams reduced the arrears as Towers found Barton who touched down under the posts, with Armistead converted, before the fly-half turned provider a minute later.
After another strong run Barton off-loaded to inside-centre Latu, with the 21-year-old taking a difficult one-handed catch to score by the posts, as Armistead converted to give Kirkby the lead.
The lead did not last long as Royle and Oli Cater combined after 21 minutes to create space for winger Ward who made no mistake, with Turton adding a further two points.
Following Simon Dowker’s yellow card, Vale ran in two unconverted tries to lead 29-14 at the break, back row forward Tudor scoring the first after peeling away down the blind-side.
With a bonus point secured, Vale extended their advantage in the final minute of the half as Curran bundled his way over the line after popping up on his opposite wing.
Kirkby made a positive start to the second period and pulled a score back in the 53rd minute through Akrigg, who finished from ten metres out, as Armistead converted.
The home side gave themselves some breathing space as Carter’s penalty pushed the lead to 11 points, with his conversion further extending the lead after Royle completed his hat-trick.
After Curran’s sin-binning, Barton scored his second of the afternoon in the 67th minute, crossing the line midway between the posts and the corner flag as Kirkby secured a bonus point.
Any thoughts of a late Kirkby revival were extinguished as Jonty Higgin shrugged off the attentions of his opponents to link with Turton as Vale ran in their seventh try, converted by Carter.
With just over five minutes remaining, Barton scored his third try of the clash as Vale’s first-half performance proved enough to eclipse Kirkby’s second-half comeback.
Vale of Lune: Paul McLaren-Dorrington, Phil Barry, Ross Pillow, Harry Fellows, Matt Rogerson, Andy Powers, Fraser Spavin, Gareth Tudor, Darren Wilson, Jack Turton, James Curran, Jonty Higgin, Oli Carter, Rob Ward, Nick Royle. Replacements: Alex Cowey, Andrew Garrett, Adam Maclusie
Kirkby Lonsdale: Dan Armistead, Matt Hoyland, Tim Groves, Sam Chesney-Benson, Simon Dowker, Jack Konczynski, Stuart Storey, Craig Galbraith, Ed Towers, Dave Barton, Matt Belshaw, Sam Latu, Jack Akrigg (c), Josh MAddocks, Jack Dickinson. Replacements: Chris Hewitt, Martyn Knapton, Matt Hughes
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