Lions looking for new blood after a poor start to the season

Lions prop Nico Steenkamp gets to grips with an Old Northamptonians opponent before being sent off. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Lions prop Nico Steenkamp gets to grips with an Old Northamptonians opponent before being sent off. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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Peterborough Lions are on the lookout for more players after making a poor start to their National League Division Three campaign.

The Bretton-based club have lost two of their first five games, had five points deducted for fielding an ineligible player and last weekend only just managed to pip whipping boys Old Northamptonians by a point.

Chris Humphrey scores a try for the Lions. Picture: Kevin Goodacre

Chris Humphrey scores a try for the Lions. Picture: Kevin Goodacre

“We strengthened where we thought we needed to strengthen in the summer but injuries and unavailabilities have hit us hard,” said chairman Andy Moore.

“It’s clear from the side we’re putting out at the moment that we lack a bit of strength in depth, particularly in the backs, so something has to be done about that.

“Our coaching team of Foxy (Darren Fox) and Barney (Adam Barnard) are looking for more players.

“Some of the bigger clubs will start offloading players soon - players who can’t get in their first team and are becoming despondent - and it could be we ship a few of them in on loan.

“The frustrating thing is that we’ve shown when we’re on top of our game that we can mix it with the best in this division - we had Old Halesonians on the rack for 60 minutes - but we’re just not consistent enough.

“But while I’m disappointed with the start we’ve made I’m not unduly worrried. What people don’t realise is that we lost nine times last season and still finished third.

“We’ve got some catching up to do but at the end of the day we have some great rugby players within our squad and once we get a full strength side out we can hurt a few teams.”

Unfortunately the Lions won’t be at full strength for a while. Star second row Darrell Ball will be missing for the whole of October because of Army commitments and last season’s player of the year Wade Schoeman faces a long spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury sustained in a car crash early last month.

Also out injured at the moment are props Chris Cutts and Tom Laws and number eight Fox.

And another front row forward, Nico Steenkamp, is facing a ban following his sending off at Old Northamptonians.

He received a red card for a shoulder tackle in the first half and the Lions struggled against the basement boys from then on.

In fact, ONs could well have nicked victory with a try in the last minute but their conversion attempt went wide.

Chris Humphrey, making a welcome return to action after injury, and John Harlock scored the Lions tries.

On Saturday the Lions visit Syston.