Rugby: Lions lose so chairman plans to make signings

Lions skipper Chris Humphrey scores the first try against Bromsgrove. Picture: Mick Sutterby.
Lions skipper Chris Humphrey scores the first try against Bromsgrove. Picture: Mick Sutterby.
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A fifth National League defeat of the season has prompted Peterborough Lions chief Andy Moore to set about strengthening his squad.

The city side were beaten 28-24 at Bromsgrove on Saturday and slipped from third to seventh in the Division Three table.

Immediately afterwards Moore announced that signings were imminent.

“We’ve had three players approach us from a higher level and now we’ll start talking to them. They could well be here by the New Year,” said chairman Moore.

“It’s not the end of the world losing away to Bromsgrove and getting a losing bonus point away from home at this level is not to be sniffed at.

“But with just a little bit more strength in depth, our five defeats could so easily have been wins. It’s so frustrating for all concerned at the club to lose games we know we could have won.

“The way things are at the moment in this league anybody can beat anybody. But I expect all those teams going for promotion to strengthen for the second half of the season and we don’t want to be left behind.”

Lions badly missed the influential presence of player/coach Darren Fox in Saturday’s starting line-up. The powerful number eight had been ill the night before and spent the first half on the bench before entering the fray midway through the second period.

Unfortunately by then, the Lions had conceded three tries and were 25-10 in arrears.

“We obviously missed Darren but we could still so easily have won this game,” reflected Moore.

“We gifted them a try just before half-time by committing a schoolboy error. They had a scrum five yards out but instead of clearing our lines we tried to pass our way out of trouble and it backfired badly. We cocked it up and their back row pounced for a try.

“And at the end of the day that was the difference between a win and a defeat.

“This is a big boys league, it’s a big boys game and there is no margin for error. We let ourselves down by giving away a silly try.”

Lions skipper Chris Humphrey gave his side the lead with a fourth minute try but Bromsgrove led 15-7 at the turnaround and 25-10 after an hour.

Lions staged a late fightback with further tries by Vernon Horne and Arturius Balcunius but it wasn’t quite enough.

Fixtures

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29

ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP

Midlands Division Four East (South): Brackley v Bourne.

RFU INTERMEDIATE CUP

Third Round (Midlands): Peterborough v Coalville.