Bor­ough face a mas­sive match against fel­low strug­glers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rugby - By Bobfrench

Bor­ough’s head coach An­drew Phillips will be telling his play­ers they face their big­gest test of the sea­son against Mar­ket Rasen on Satur­day - even though the Lin­colnshire side have lost their last 10 games. Bor­oughover­cameti­tle fan­cies Ilke­ston 14- 10 in their last Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One East game on De­cem­ber 15 but Phillips sees the Rasen clash at Fen­gate ( 2.15pm) as amuch­moredaunt­ing task.

“This is a really big game for us. Mar­ket Rasen have lost 10 on the bounce - the last time they won­wasagain­s­tusattheir place - and, like us, they’re in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. They will be des­per­ate for points,” said Phillips.

“The­yare­re­ally, really bigup front and their game is based around a solid scrum. Their for­wards tore us apart when we met ear­lier in the sea­son so we­knowex­act­ly­what­to­ex­pect.

“It will be a mas­sive test for our young front row - all of whom are un­der 20. But the boys proved against Ilke­ston they can beat any­one in this league if they put their minds to it.

“It’s a tough month for us with games against Bed­ford Ath­letic, Ne­wark and Mat­lock to fol­low so it would­be­bril­liant to kick off the new year with a win.”

Phillips will be with­out cen­tre John Col­ley, who’s away in Nor­way with the RAF, po­lice­man and fly- half Tom Her­bert, who is work­ing, and scrum- half Fraser Bodie, who is away on hol­i­day.

Peter­bor­ough Lions also face a mas­sive match. The l eague l ead­ers are away at Towces­tri­ans and they are the di­vi­sion’s in- formteamwith­im­pres­sive De­cem­ber wins over OldNorthamp­to­ni­ansandMat­lock to their name.

When the two sides met back in Septem­ber, the Lions had to work really hard to reg­is­ter a 27- 20 vic­tory at Bret­ton Park.

“We lost 3- 0 to ONs just be­fore Christ­mas in a dread­ful match and it’s vi­tal we get back on track straight away,” said Lions chair­man Andy Moore.

“But we know it won’t be easy. Towces­tri­ans proved to be tough nuts to crack when we played at home.”

Neil McCul­loch is once again the main spon­sor of the Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club first team this sea­son. He backed the team for four sea­sons un­der the ban­ner of In­sure­wise Ltd, of which he is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, but this sea­son he’s do­ing it through Bal­four Law Ltd, where he is busi­ness devel­op­ment di­rec­tor. Both com­pa­nies are based at Bal­four House in Lin­coln Road, Peter­bor­ough. Neil is from a big rugby fam­ily. His brothers Alan, Robert, Mur­doch and Mal­colm plus cousin Jim all played for the club as did Neil him­self un­til he had to have a hip re­place­ment when he was just 18. Neil is pic­tured with first team cap­tain Pete Ko­lakowski and Naina Til­ney, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bal­four Law Ltd.

Scrum- half Fraser Bodie, pic­tured in pos­ses­sion for Bor­ough dur­ing the win over Ilke­ston, misses Satur­day’s game against Mar­ket Rasen.

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