A big Lions win but coach not getting carried away

Connor Gracey attacks for the Lions against Lichfield. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Connor Gracey attacks for the Lions against Lichfield. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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Peterborough Lions head coach Darren Fox is refusing to get carried away after his side’s whopping win on Saturday.

The Lions roared to their biggest victory of the campaign in National League Division Three when running in seven tries at Bretton Park to see off Lichfield 43-0.

Fox liked what he saw but insisted it was nothing less than he expected and is making sure his players keep their feet firmly on the ground.

“I was happy with the way we performed in difficult conditions and all credit to the lads. But if I’m honest we should have been playing like that weeks ago,” he said.

“At last we’ve reached the level I require and that’s down to hard work on the training pitch.

“If we keep that up then I’m sure we won’t lose many more games this season. Consistency is the key and I’ll be challenging the boys to push on from here and finish as high as we did last year (the Lions were third).

“We’re moving in the right direction but there’s always room for improvement and always work to be done on the training ground. I’ll be making sure nobody gets carried away by one big win.”

Second row forwards Tom Lewis and Matt Dunn both bagged two tries apiece against Lichfield with Vernon Horne, Ray Veenendaal and Marius Andrijauskas also touching down.

And Lions dominated the game with two players playing out of position.

Adam Barnard, normally a centre or full-back, did well at fly-half deputising for injured Will Carrington while flanker Arturius Balcunius emerged with credit playing at centre.

Carrington is expected to be fit for this Saturday’s game away to Newport, a side the Lions beat 22-9 at home back in September.

The Lions won’t be including Wade Schoemann in their squad though. Last season’s player-of-the-year was hoping to make his return to action before Christmas but has undergone surgery on the shoulder he hurt in a pre-season car crash and won’t play again this season.