DHL Club say they have got the measure of Asahi Valley. But they will have to wait until the Grand Championship to find out if words can be expressed in deeds after Valley kept their unbeaten record in the First Division alive by posting a 14-12 win yesterday. A first-half try by Valley hooker Stu Denton was the difference between the teams who slugged it out in heavyweight fashion in a match where territorial advantage mattered most resulting in goalkickers Carl Murray (for Valley) and Owain Morrison (Club) collecting the rest of points. The left-footed Morrison was in impeccable form knocking over all four penalties that came his way. Murray was not as successful, knocking over three and having a 50 per cent conversion rate. But the Valley fullback kicked the penalty that won Valley the match. It came 10 minutes from the end with Football Club leading 12-11. 'We should learn not to concede penalties to Valley under the posts when we are in front,' lamented Football Club coach Andrew Tranent afterwards. But like his captain Paul Dingley, he saw signs of a way to defeat Valley next time around. Dingley, whose cover defence was exceptional, said the psychological victory belonged to his side. 'It was not a win, but it was still a morale-boosting victory for us. We can take a lot of positives after losing by only two points,' he said. It was No. 8 Dingley's hard work in the loose that prevented Valley from winning by more than two points. Two superb cover tackles on Valley winger Simon Hague in the first half forestalled certain tries. Then late in the match, Dingley knocked down rampaging prop Willie Leota who had the goalline in his sights. Valley began confidently opting to take a kick to touch rather than go for the points on the first penalty awarded to them. But they knew they had a battle on their hands when Club stole the ball in the lineout. 'We managed to put them under pressure on their lineouts and that was a huge plus. A little bit more work needs to be done and I'm positive we can match them,' said Dingley. Football Club will have to wait until the title-deciding Grand Championship which starts on February 15. With the format changed to a round-robin system, Valley will meet Club in the final week and if the form book holds true, the third meeting of these two sides this season should be the title-decider. Club certainly can feel happy with their performance yesterday. Although missing a couple of key players in the backs they showed plenty of fight. Forwards Graham Black, Tom Cameron and Vaatche Mundigan led the way in the rucks and mauls while Dingley and loose-forwards Duncan Lilley and Andrew Randall were also up in the face of their opponents, contesting every inch of the way. In the backs, Club's most impressive player was flyhalf Warrick Dent while the midfield duo of Nigel D'Acre and Lusiano Afeaki were solid. But still Valley managed to steal a try. It came soon after both sides had exchanged penalties and the score was locked at 3-3. Valley winger Alex Telea, the highest try-scoring back in town this season, made the initial hard yards before being pulled down. Skipper Andrew Wong Kee won the ball at the breakdown and quickly released it to Leota who sent a superb cut-out pass to Denton who had no problems sauntering over the last 15 metres. Valley should have extended the lead further when player-coach Semi Iafeta created an overlap. But winger Hague seemed to be unsettled after being cut down twice by Dingley previously, and unusually spilled an easy pass from Brett Forsyth with the goalline beckoning. Murray knocked over a penalty to see Valley lead 11-3 at the break. But the lead disappeared and Club gained ascendancy due to a combination of hard work and indiscipline by Valley with Wong Kee being one of the main culprits. Wong Kee, playing only his second game after a 10-month ban, was sin-binned after deciding to dispense his brand of justice at a breakdown. 'I was going to give a penalty to Valley but he [Wong Kee] decided to take the law into his own hands. He had done it twice before and I had warned him,' said referee Bill Mason. But his absence spurred his teammates to greater heights and from a superb phase of play, where Valley re-cycled possession at least eight times, they won a penalty in front of the posts to give Murray the match-winning kick. In other First Division action, Kowloon beat DeA Tigers 29-24 while Synovate Aberdeen lost to PLA Sports Institute 21-15.