It’s a must-win game for the Lions at Bretton Park

Wade Schoeman is back after a two-match ban.
Wade Schoeman is back after a two-match ban.
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Peterborough Lions face a must-win game at Bretton Park on Saturday.

They entertain Bromsgrove (kick-off 3pm) and both sides are still in the running to finish second behind runaway National League Division Three leaders South Leicester to secure a promotion play-off spot.

Hinckley currently occupy second spot and they’re six points clear of the Lions with four games to go. But two of their remaining games - against Nuneaton on March 28 and the Lions on April 18 - won’t be easy.

“Hinckley are obviously favourites to finish second but you never know in this league, they could still slip up.

“And if they do, we’ve got to make sure we’re in a position to cash in,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“That means winning all of our remaining games, starting with Bromsgrove. If we lose on Saturday we can kiss goodbye to second place - it’s as simple as that.”

The Lions will welcome back outstanding second row Wade Schoeman after a two-match ban but the participation of inspirational number eight Darren Fox hangs in the balance.

Fox is on international duty on Friday night, playing for England Counties against the France Federale XV in Paris, and although he will rush to Bretton Park from Gatwick on Saturday morning, it’s doubtful he’ll start the game.

“I think the best we can hope for is having Darren on the bench,” admitted Moore.

“But you just never know with Foxy - if he can stand on two feet he’ll want to play no matter what sort of battering he takes in Paris.”

Bromsgrove pipped the Lions 28-24 back in November with a try in the last minute.

In their last games, the Lions won 41-10 at Bournville while Bromsgrove overcame Old Halesonians 30-25.

The Lions meanwhile have received two major grants to enable them to complete the first phase of the development of their Bretton Park site.

They have been awarded £30,000 from the Mick George Community Fund and £ 35,000 from the Augean Community Fund and that together with over £50,000 they have raised themselves will mean new changing rooms, new public toilets and a 200-seater stand will be in place by the start of next season.