Lack­lus­tre Lions still search­ing for their first win of the sea­son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Of Sport - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Most lo­cal teams will be look­ing for a big im­prove­ment when they re­sume their English Clubs Cham­pi­onship cam­paigns this week­end. Peter­bor­ough, Oundle, Stam­ford, Spald­ing, Thor­ney and Deep­ing all opened their com­pet­i­tive sea­sons on a los­ing note while Peter­bor­ough Lions are still search­ing for a win in Na­tional League Divi­sion Three af­ter two fix­tures.

The Lions were hop­ing to bounce back from a heart­break­ing 21-20de­feat at home to Derby in their open­ing game when they vis­ited Lich­field.

In both fix­tures last sea­son the Lions were hand­some win­ners, but on Satur­day they had to set­tle for a 13-13 draw.

“We’re not at the races yet,” said Lions chair­man Andy Moore. “We just haven’t got go­ing. We were lack­lus­tre in a very medi­ocre game of rugby. It was like a mid-sea­son game be­tween two mid-table teams.

“But I’m con­vinced we’ll sort it soon-hope­fully a thome to Long­ton on Satur­day.”

Long­ton are bot­tom of the table and Lions beat them 2912 (home) and42-12 (away) last sea­son.

Ver­non Horne and Tom Lewis scored tries for the Lions at Lich­field while Jack Lewis was sin-binned for the sec­ond week run­ning.

Bor­ough fielded five debu­tants - three of them South Africans and one a Lithua­nian Un­der 21 in­ter­na­tional - for their Mid­lands East Divi­sion Two (South) opener at home to Oadby and ex­pec­ta­tions were high.

But they lost 14-10, just man­ag­ing to se­cure a los­ing bonus point with a try by Chris Sansby deep into in­jury time.

They also scored in the first minute through stand-in skip­per Stu­art Day but in be­tween the two scores it was Oadby who dom­i­nated in most ar­eas.

Pick of the new com­ers was the young Lithua­nian Paulius Strig­o­nas.

Bor­ough are away next to Oakham, a side who twice beat them last sea­son (35-27 at home and 22-0 away).

In the same divi­sion, there were also home de­feats for Oundle and Stam­ford.

Newly-pro­moted Oundle were pipped 22-21 by Oakham af­ter lead­ing 21-10 with seven min­utes to go and Stam­ford lost 22-5 at home to Lu­ton.

Ex- Lions play­ers Jaco Steen­berg, Marc Rous­souw and Adam Peel made their Oundle de­buts.

Spald­ing lost 20-6 at home to Coalville in Divi­sion Two (North) and Thor­ney suf­fered a shock 13- 7 l oss at home to Bourne in Divi­sion Four (South).

New-look Stam­ford Col­lege Old Boys, now coached by exBor­ough boy Sam Sargeant, could be the team to beat in Divi­sion Four. They smashed Brack­ley 30-3 with Haydn Johns scor­ing 20 points. Brack­ley won last year’s cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture 36-0.

Paulius Strig­o­nas at­tacks for Bor­ough dur­ing their game against Oadby.

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