Lions chief is re­fus­ing to press panic but­ton af­ter an­other loss

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rugby - Bob. french@ jpress. co. uk By Bobfrench

Peter­bor­ough Lions are re­fus­ing to panic af­ter los­ing their last two games in Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One. De­spite coming un­stuck 14- 10 at Towces­tri­ans on Satur­day, which­fol­lowed­ho­ton­the­heels of a3- 0de­feat at OldNorthamp­to­ni­ans just be­fore Christ­mas, the Bret­ton- based club still top the ta­ble.

“You don’tbe­come­abad­side overnight,” said Lions chair­man Andy Moore. “We be­lieve our boys are good enough to do well at this level and there’s no mad rush to sign new play­ers.

“We have iden­ti­fied where it went wrong in the last two game­san­dit’situp­toour­coach­ing team - Lee Adam­son and Fred Sa­goe - to put it right. And I know they will do that.

“Teamshaveal­soworked­out the way we play and are can­celling us out. The games are get­ting harder. We’re new to this level of rugby, it’s all part of a learn­ing curve for us, but we’ll cope.”

The Lions’ pro­mo­tion push con­tin­ues at Bret­ton Park on Satur­day against Pav­iors ( 2.15pm) and that’s an­other tough one.

The Not­ting­hamshire side beat­ti­tle con­tender­sOldNorthamp­to­ni­ans last week­end and are only eights points off the top. They also beat the Lions in Not­ting­ham­back­inSeptem­ber.

“They pipped us 39- 34 with a try in the last minute so that will give us an ex­tra in­cen­tive to re­turn to win­ning ways,” said Moore.

The Lions have been boosted by the re­turn of Marc Rous­souw af­ter in­jury. He’s missed all sea­son with a bro­ken foot but is now fully re­cov­ered and is in­clude­d­ina21- strong squad.

“That’s a mas­sive boost for us. He gives us more strength and more op­tions in the backs in an area where we’ve been lack­ing lately,” added Moore.

Although in­sist­ing there’s norush­to­bring in new­play­ers, Moore did re­veal that former Eng­land Coun­ties Un­der 20 winger De La Rey Vee­nen­daal has been train­ing with the club with a view to sign­ing. He was at the Saints Academy and, although only 20, he has played first team rugby for Old Al­ba­ni­ans and Cam­bridge.

Bor­ough mean­while will be look­ing to build on last week­end’s 23- 17 win over Mar­ket Rasen in a thrilling rel­e­ga­tion scrap when they visit Bed­ford Ath­letic on Satur­day.

Ath­letic are an­other club in the mix for pro­mo­tion but had to work really hard in their last match to over­come plucky Spald­ing 25- 19 throught­wolate tries.

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