Seconds out, round two . . . Peterborough Lions are ready to embark on the second half of their first season at National League level with pride very much intact.
They walloped Dudley Kingswinford 51-11 on Saturday to complete the first half of fixtures and they sit third in the Division Three table just three points off second place.
And chairman Andy Moore is convinced his side can do even better in the second half.
“I’m well satisfied with where we are and we’re going for a play-off place big time,” he said.
“We’ve now played everybody once and I’ve seen nothing to scare us. We lost some very close games early on when we were still adjusting to life at this level. But we’ve learned from our mistakes and now have a very strong team in this league.
“It’s now all about putting right the wrongs, starting with Lichfield.”
The Lions will be gunning for revenge when they take on the Staffordshire outfit at Bretton Park on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off) after losing 24-20 to them in their second game of the season back in early September.
“We were still finding our feet then,” added Moore. “They’ll find us a completely different proposition on Saturday.”
The Lions are, however, without a couple of key players for the game as Saad Sait and Manny Van Niekirk are unavailable and Matt Dunn faces a late fitness test.
But Moore has acted quickly to bring in replacements. He’s signed two props - Matthew Davies-Binge from Huntingdon and Alex Ioannou from Spalding - and Ioannou, a Cyprus international, is set to make his debut against Lichfield.
At Dudley Kingswinford the Lions were awesome in the second half. They only led 18-11 at the break but after the interval Dudley had no answer to the power of the Lions pack and they ran in five second-half tries.
Winger Vernon Horne was the Lions most potent weapon and scored two tries while Reggie Reid, Chris Humphrey, Arturius Balcunius, Adam Barnard and Wade Schoeman also crossed.
Lions Veterans were also celebrating on Saturday after claiming a second win of the season over Borough Juggers.
Duncan Davies scored a gem of a solo try from the halfway line and Chris Frisby (2), Chris Platt and Michael Royal also touched down in their 29-12 victory.