Lions players told: “You must not lose at home”

Vernon Horne and Arturius Balcunius get to grips with a Sutton Coldfield player. Photo: Mick Sutterby/mick@pciturethisphotgraphy.co
Vernon Horne and Arturius Balcunius get to grips with a Sutton Coldfield player. Photo: Mick Sutterby/mick@pciturethisphotgraphy.co

“We must not lose” - that’s what Peterborough Lions players have been told ahead of Saturday’s home game against Sandbach (2.15pm kick-off).

A fine away win at Sutton Coldfield last weekend has propelled the Lions back into second spot in National League Division Three and to stay there - and secure a promotion play-off place - will require bonus point wins from all four remaining home games.

That’s the firm belief of chairman Andy Moore, who is convinced his side are good enough to win the race for the runners-up spot behind South Leicester.

“We’d like to think we can win all of our remaining fixtures but one thing we certainly can’t afford to do is slip up at home,” he said.

“It’s so tight with at least half-a-dozen teams still looking at that promotion play-off place. One loss and all of a sudden you slide down the table.

“Teams hate coming to ‘Bastille Bretton’ and we have to make sure we keep it that way.

“Nothing less than bonus point wins will do from now on.

“Sandbach will be tough on Saturday - they’re a good side and were the early table-toppers. They held us in the first half at their place up in Cheshire but we blew them away in the second half to win handsomely.

“On Saturday we need to blow them away in both halves.”

The 36-24 win at Sutton Coldfield completed the perfect weekend for Lions after they lifted the Team of the Year prize at the Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards presentation dinner at the Cresset the night before.

Vernon Horne (2), Adam Barnard and Harry Winch crossed for tries in a very physical clash that saw Wade Schoemann and Ulaiasi Tuitubou sin-binned.

Darren Fox, John Harlock, Matt Dunn, Manny Van Niekirk and Duncan Low all missed the game and will be absent again this Saturday as well.