Lions will be determined to get their own back

Duncan Low on the attack for the Lions sgainst Scunthorpe. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Duncan Low on the attack for the Lions sgainst Scunthorpe. Picture: Mick Sutterby

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The sparks are set to fly at Bretton Park on Saturday as Peterborough Lions entertain high-flying South Leicester in an eagerly-awaited return clash.

When the two sides met in November, the Lions lost 33-22 after some controversial refereeing decisions went against them.

They weren’t happy with the leniency shown by the official in charge to South Leicester’s roughhouse tactics, which saw Lions number eight Darren Fox suffer a badly cut forehead following ‘a clash of heads’.

Lions insist they were the better side on the day and the referee cost them the game.

“Let’s just say we owe them big-time and everyone in the Lions camp - especially Foxy - has been looking forward to Saturday’s return ever since the final whistle went back in November,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“I don’t want to say too much or I’ll get into trouble.

“All I will say is that the match promises to be an absolute cracker - a game not to be missed.”

Kick-off is at 2.15pm.

Lions will not only be desperate to win to gain revenge, but they’ll also be determined to get their promotion bid back on track after slipping to third in the National League Division Three table behind runaway leaders South Leicester and second-placed Hinckley following a 20-13 loss at Scunthorpe last Saturday.

Lions had several key players out injured for that match and gave a very disjointed display.

“It was just one of those days when nothing seemed to click,” said Moore. “We got in good positions and then messed up. It was all very frustrating.

“Scunthorpe are a very good side. They were well organised and really up for it and nicked it with a try in the very last second.

“I think on reflection a draw might have been a fair result. At least we got a losing bonus point, which is better than nothing I suppose.”

A selection boost for player/coach Fox when he picks his team after training tonight is that second row forwards John Harlock and Matt Dunn should both be available for the first time this year.