Peterborough Lions can expect more pain before any gains, Borough host the league leaders

Peterborough Lions supremo Andy Moore admits there is likely to be more pain before there is any gain in the club's National League debut season.

Friday, 28th September 2018, 10:15 am
Dean Elmore on the charge for Pterborough Lions against Stourbridge. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

The city stars have suffered a tough start to their Division Two North campaign as a 36-7 defeat at home to Stourbridge last weekend left them pointless and bottom of the table after four games.

And Moore doesn’t expect things to improve tomorrow (September 28) when Lions travel to South Leicester.

But he’s confident his side will eventually start climbing the table.

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Action from Oundle's 16-13 win over Borough.

“I honestly didn’t expect to pick up any points in September,” Moore admitted. “We’ve been playing the best teams in the division after suffering a dreadful pre-season campaign when teams kept pulling out of playing us.

“We’ve gone up considerably in standard while trying to mould a new group of players so it was always going to be difficult.

“But are we giving up? Are we hell as like. We will only get better the more experience we gain and we are still in touch with the other teams at the bottom.

“There are four teams who haven’t won yet. They have managed to pick up bonus points, but we will come good, I’m sure of that.

“We started too slowy against Stourbridge which was very disappointing, but they have been a National League club since they were formed in the 1980s. They haven’t been where we have been so a little perspective is needed.

“We were much improved in the second-half when there were many encouraging signs.”

Lions gave a debut last weekend to England under 20 fly half Ewan Starling who they signed on loan from St Albans based Old Albanians.

South Leicester have lost just one of their opening four fixtures and it doesn’t get any easier in October for Lions when opponents include second-placed Chester, fourth-placed Fylde and fifth-placed Sedgley Park.

“Old Luctonians were relegated with 10 wins in 30 games last season,” Moore added. “It’s always a very tight league at this level, but we have shown we can compete.”

Peterborough Rugby Club have lost their last three games in Midlands Division One East and they have naother tough game at home to leaders Paviors who arrive at Fengate with a perfect winning record over four matches.

Fifth-placed Oundle, who beat Borough last weekend, are at mid-table Rugby Lions.