Rugby preview: Massive month coming up for Lions

Andy Moore. Photo: Mick Sutterby / picturethisphotography.co
Andy Moore. Photo: Mick Sutterby / picturethisphotography.co
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It’s a massive month coming up for Peterborough Lions as they chase a play-off place in National League Division Three (Midlands).

They travel to Longton on Saturday (January 3) as the programme resumes after the Christmas break and, providing the players haven’t over-indulged during the festivities, they should have little trouble chalking up a bonus-point win there.

Then comes the tricky bit with their next two games against two of their biggest rivals for that runners-up spot and a place in the promotion play-offs.

They entertain Nuneaton on January 10 and then travel to Old Halesonians the week after and both those sides have already beaten the Lions.

“It’s a huge month for us,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore. “We’ll have a good idea come the end of January whether or not we’re still in with a chance of a play-off place.

“The second half of the season is all about righting the wrongs from the first half. We’ve lost to Nuneaton and Old Halesonians already so we need to put the record straight.

“Neither of those sides thrashed us - they just had a bit more nous on the day. We know we can beat them second time around.”

Borough are in cup action on Saturday. They are at Newbold on Avon in the Midlands quarter-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup and will have their work cut out. Newbold are second in Midlands Division Two West (South) having tasted defeat just once this aseason.

FIXTURES

ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP

JANUARY 3

National League Division Three - Longton v Peterborough Lions.

Midlands Division One East - Derby v Spalding, Huntingdon v Paviors.

RFU INTERMEDIATE CUP

Intermediate Cup

Midlands quarter-final - Newbold on Avon v Peterborough.