Lions coach re­fus­ing to panic after an­other set­back at home

Rugby - English Clubs Cham­pi­onship

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Bob French

Peter­bor­ough Lions head coach Dar­ren Fox is re­fus­ing to press the panic but­ton after an­other shock de­feat in Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Three. The city side were pipped 3427 by Long­ton at Bret­ton Park onSatur­dayandthat­wasasec­ond suc­ces­sive home loss.

They also lost their open­ing fix­ture 21-20 to Derby and then drew 13-13 at Lich­field.

As a re­sult they’re win­less and­fourth­from­bot­tominthe ta­ble.

But­there­arenoalarm­bells ring­ing in Fox’s ears.

“Of course I’m not happy,” he said, “but we could so eas­ily be sit­ting near the top of the ta­ble with three wins un­der our belts.

“All of ourgame­shave­been very, very close so far and we’re cer­tainly not a mil­lion miles of­fwherewe­want to be.

“It is whatit is andthe­p­lay­ers are what they are. We’ve just got to get our heads down and work hard in train­ing in the week and then work hard for one an­other on a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“The level we’re at is semipro­fes­sional and you need to do morethantrain two nights a weekand­play­on­aSatur­day. Most­suc­cess­fulplay­er­satthis level are putting in the work five nights a week. The new boys in the squad - es­pe­cially those who have stepped up a level, needto buy­in­tothatand if they do then I’m sure the re­sults will come.

“We’re an es­tab­lished Na­tional League Three club now and one of the bet­ter teams in the league so of course op­pos­ing sides are go­ing to fight harder and raise their game against us.

“We’ve got to be pre­pared for that. We can’t af­ford to stand still and just turn up ex­pect­ing to beat teams like Long­ton.

“It’s sink­ing in and as long as we all stay pos­i­tive I’m sure we’ll turn re­sults round.”

The Lions once again - just as they did against Derby - stagedasec­ond-half fight­back to­geti­naw­in­ning­po­si­tion only to blow it in the clos­ing mo­ments.

Long­ton pos­sessed two very tricky and two very fast wingers who­causedtheLions de­fence prob­lems out wide and they were re­spon­si­ble for three of their side’s four tries.

The Lions also scored four tries to claim one bonus point and got an­other for los­ing by seven points or less.

Kaz Hen­der­son (2), Sam Crooks and Pete Ko­lakowski were the Lions try-scor­ers.

The Lions are away on Satur­day to Nuneaton. Lions lost thecor­re­spond­ing­fix­ture­last sea­son 23-12 but beat them179 in the re­turn fix­ture at the Den.

Kaz Hen­der­son scores a try for the Lions again­stLong­ton.

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