Lions chief is refusing to press panic button after another loss
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.