Peterborough Lions push for National League promotion has again been hit by injuries and unavailabilities.
They travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday desperate to hang on to second place in Division Three but they’re likely to make the trip without several key players.
Centre Mantas Vilimavicius has gone back to Lithuania, prop Tom Laws is struggling with a knee injury, full-back Reggie Reid is out with a groin strain, and three second row forwards - John Harlock, Matt Dunn and Ramos Zokas - are unavailable.
“We’re certainly thin on the ground this week,” admitted chairman Andy Moore, “but we’ll still be sending a competitive side to Scunthorpe.
“Mind you it’s not all bad news because Darren Fox could be back on the bench and that would be a massive boost for us.”
Ex-Northampton Saints star Fox is head coach and a major player at number eight.
“He’s having a late fitness test after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.
“If we can get a result at Scunthorpe that would really set us up nicely for the next game at home to league leaders South Leicester. That will be a cracker.”
The Lions beat Scunthorpe 48-32 back in October at Bretton Gate.
Borough are also away on Saturday. They travel to Olney hoping to carry on where they left off in their last game a fortnight ago.
They beat Oakham 35-22 in that one to move out of the relegation zone in Midlands Division Two East (South).
Olney will be a much tougher test though, especially on their own patch.
“Any sort of win would be a great result for us,” said vice-chairman Archie Bennett. “The boys are desperate to get on the pitch again.
“This league is so unpredictable. Anyone can beat anyone and once you start winning it is easy to move up several places in the table.”
Borough head coach Lee Adamson has some selection decisions to make but although tough ones, they are positive ones.
All members of the team that beat Oakham, apart from Angus Milton, are available, and Adamson is likely to be able to add to that squad by including skipper Sam Crooks, along with his brother Ben Crooks, props George Dinsdale and James Clarke and winger/fullback Tom Williams.