Vernon Horne was on fire for Peterborough Lions this afternoon (January 3) as they started 2015 with a superb win at Longton.
The strong running winger raced in for a staggering six tries as the city side smashed their National League Division Three hosts 51-12 to maintain their push for promotion.
Although Horne was the undoubted man-of-the-match it was a fantastic all-round showing by the Bretton-based team, who remain third in the table just two points behind big play-off rivals Nuneaton.
“Vernon Horne has became a phenomenal player in recent weeks,” enthused Lions chairman Andy Moore, “I’ve never seen an individual performance like it. Everything he touched turned to gold.
“But it was a a brilliant all-round showing - everyone did a great job. It was a joy to watch. The forwards were magnificent and their handling in the sticky conditions was outstanding. Longton is a long way to go but it was certainly worth it today.
“We really had the bit between our teeth today and I couldn’t have wished for a better start to the New Year. Scoring 50 points away from home at this level is no mean feat.”
Horne scored the Lions’ first three tries - all after powerful thrusts by the pack - inside 24 minutes and a fourth touchdown by Jaco Steenberg plus three conversions and a penalty by Will Carrington made it 29-7 at the turnaround.
Carrington was next on the scoresheet with a try he converted himself three minutes into the second half and then Horne raced in for his second hat-trick to complete a marvellous afternoon’s work.
Borough were also involved in a high-scoring clash this afternoon but unfortunately were on the receiving end of a 51-7 scoreline at Newbold on Avon in the quarter-finals of the RFU Intermediate Cup.