Lions are good enough to finish second says Moore

Vernon Horne scored two tries against Hinckley. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Vernon Horne scored two tries against Hinckley. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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Outspoken Peterborough Lions chairman Andy Moore has issued another bold statement.

A few weeks ago his side were hovering above the relegation zone and on Saturday they were well beaten 39-18 at leaders Hinckley.

Yet Moore strongly believes his team can still finish second in National League Division Three and clinch a promotion play-off spot.

He said: “Hinckley will win the title without a doubt. They are an excellent side and it’s taken them four or five years to get where they are today.

“But we can beat all the other teams in the league. Old Halesonians are second yet we had them beat at our place only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

“I honestly believe we’re good enough to put a run together and finish second.

“You’ve got to have ambition in life.”

And Moore reckons the 39-18 scoreline flattered Hinckley.

“We were late arriving because of a traffic accident and they scored three tries while we were still getting the journey out of our system.

“But in the second half we came back at them and for 20 minutes were the better side. At one point it looked as though we were going to get a bonus point.

“And they scored 10 of their points in the last two or three minutes. So the scoreline flattered them really.”

Vernon Horne, back to his best on the wing, raced in for two of the Lions tries - one the length of the pitch - and Tom Lewis also crossed, but a fourth try for the bonus point just wouldn’t come.

This Saturday the Lions are at home to Lichfield (2.15pm kick-off) and Moore added: “That’s the sort of game we have to win and I fully expect us to get back on track after Hinckley.”

The Lions could include Wade Schoeman in their squad after the big South African had his first run-out of the season for the seconds on Saturday. He was hurt in a car crash in pre-season.