Lions looking to make flying start in ‘do or die game’

Peterborough Lions will be looking to build on their spirited showing from a fortnight ago against Preston Grasshoppers when they resume their National League Two North programme away to Macclesfield on Saturday (3pm).

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 11:37 am
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 11:41 am
Lions skipper Conor Gracey gets stuck in against Preston Grasshoppers. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Preston eventually went home with a win but they were forced to graft so hard for victory and only clinched it with a try bang on the final whistle.

That gave them a 19-12 success after the Lions had led, deservedly so, 12-0 at half-time.

On that occasion the Lions, uncharacteristically, came flying out of the traps.They scored two tries early on and proceeded to dominate the first half.

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The Lions second team that beat Old Northamptonians seconds.

They’ll be looking for another fast start on Saturday in the hope of completing the double over a Macclesfield side they beat 14-12 at Bretton back in November.

It’s a battle of the basement boys with Lions rock-bottom and Macclesfield second bottom. Both appear doomed.

But Macclesfield, a former National League One side, still believe they can survive and are billing Saturday’s match on their website as ‘a do or die game’.

There was a rare outing for Peterborough Lions seconds on Saturday.

Sarah Winder scored a try for Borough Ladies. Picture: Mick Sutterby

They were away to Old Northamptonians and won 17-12 through tries by Joe Lee, Franco Perticaro and man-of-the-match Josh Davies plus one conversion by Will Moore.

The match was a somewhat feisty affair with Martin Lewis receiving a yellow card in the first half for backchat.

Borough and Oundle should return to winning ways in Midlands Division One on Saturday after losing their last league matches - Borough to table-topping Kettering and Oundle to Lutterworth.

Both are at home with Oundle entertaining bottom team Melton Mowbray and Borough facing fellow strugglers Leighton Buzzard.

Nat Elliott scored a try for Borough Ladies. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Oundle were in cup action last Saturday. They were at home to Bedford Athletic in the semi-finals of the East Midlands Cup and lost 47-26.

Borough will now meet Bedford Athletic in the final at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road ground at the end of April.

Stamford and Bourne were both in Lincolnshire Cup semi-final action on Saturday and there was a huge upset win for Stamford.

They were at home to Scunthorpe, who play two levels higher, and they stunned the Midlands Premiership table-toppers 24-17 with tries by Toby Anderson, Joe MacDonald, Rob Smith and Rees Burns.

Head coach Matt Albinson hailed the victory as their finest performance of the season.

Bourne went 8-0 up against higher level Lincoln in the other semi-final with an Adam Binns try and a Sam Evison penalty but lost 46-8.

Borough Ladies were pipped 14-12 at Shelford in their penultimate National Women’s Conference Midlands Division One fixture.

After a scoreless first half Shelford went ahead with a converted try. This spurred Borough on and after about 30 phases Nat Elliott was able to burst through the home defence and score a try to make it 7-5.

A Shelford breakaway gave them a 14-5 lead before Michelle Bark put Sarah Winder into a gap for a try converted by Zoe Wright with two minutes left. Captain Mel Fulcher chose Bark and Jess Robinson as her forward and back of the match respectively .

FIXTURES

SATURDAY MARCH 23

ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP

National League Division Two North: Macclesfield v Peterborough Lions.

Midlands Division One (East): Oundle v Melton Mowbray, Peterborough v Leighton Buzzard.

Midlands Division Two East (South): Market Bosworth v Huntingdon.

Midlands Division Three East (South): Northampton Casuals v Bourne, St Neots v Stamford.

Midlands Division Three East (North): Sleaford v Spalding.

Midlands Division Four East (South): Northampton BBOB v Deepings, Stamford College Old Boys v Aylestone St James, Thorney v Wellingborough OG.

London Division Three Eastern Counties: West Norfolk v Wisbech.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Midlands Division Two: Peterborough v Olney.