Andy Moore is inisting his Peterborough Lions have not become a bad team overnight.
The chairman of the Bretton-based National League side has witnessed three defeats in the six games played so far in Division Three and they’re sitting uncomfortably in the table just three points away from the relegation zone.
But Moore is convinced the loss of form is temporary and the Lions will start roaring again soon.
“We finished third in our first season in the National League yet we have a stronger squad this season. So there’s no way we should be struggling. You don’t become a bad team overnight” said Moore.
“I’m sure we’ll get it right soon. New players came in, in the summer and there’s no doubt we have a better pack than last season.
“We do lack a bit of spark in the backs, but that’s not the reason we’ve been losing.
“Injuries, unavailability and suspensions have hit us hard and we’ve had an unsettled side. That’s why we’ve been losing.
“There’s been no lack of effort. It’s just that with so many changes each week we’ve lacked a bit of cohesion. That has led to mistakes and we’ve lost to teams we should have beaten comfortably.
“We’ve been training hard - Foxy (Darren Fox) has beefed it up a bit - and I’m sure we’ll get our rewards soon, hopefully starting on Saturday.
“We’re at home and we need the people of Peterborough to get down to Bretton Park and get behind our team. Come and support the Lions and help us get back on track.”
Saturday’s game is against Sandbach (3pm kick-off) and the Cheshire outfit are one place below Lions in the table with just two wins to their name. They’ve yet to win away from home this season but have chalked up a notable home win over Nuneaton (19-15).
The Lions beat Sandbach 31-23 in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Lithuanian duo Gedis Marcisauskas and Marius Andrijauskas will miss Saturday’s game due to international commitments but the Lions should welcome back forwards Chris Humphrey, Chris Cutts, John Harlock and Alexandros Ioannou.
They all missed the 27-15 defeat away to Syston in the last Lions match a fortnight ago.
Borough travel to meet Oadby Wyggestonians on Saturday in Midlands Division Two East (South) and will hope to improve on their last performance a fortnight ago when losing to league leaders Melton Mowbray.
Michael Cade, George Dinsdale, Adam Whiles and Ben Crooks were unavailable for that game and will be vying to make the squad.
Coach Lee Adamson will select his team after training tonight (Thursday) and said: “Our season has been disjointed so far due to the number of Saturdays we have been without a game.
“There is no rhyme or reason as to why there should be blank Saturdays at this time of year. It simply means that players have weeks off which then disrupts our match sharpness. However. every club is in the same position and we now must get on with it and try to get back to winning ways .”