Lions back to their best as Bromsgrove are sent packing

Matt Dunn on the charge for the Lions against Bromsgrove. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Matt Dunn on the charge for the Lions against Bromsgrove. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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It’s all smiles back in the Lions den again after a third National League win on the trot.

A 17-3 win over high-flying Bromsgrove at Bretton Park on Saturday has lifted the city side up into seventh spot in the Division Three standings and calmed the relegation jitters.

Consecutive defeats against Syston, Sandbach and Scunthorpe had the Lions hovering around the exit door at the wrong end of the table and some club officials were wearing worried looks.

Head coach Darren Fox was never one of them.

“It’s good for newspaper headlines I suppose but the thought of relegation never entered my head,” he said.

“We needed to rebuild during a bit of an injury crisis and we lost a few games while we were doing that. But those boys who came in have settled into the side now and we’re gradually getting better and better as they improve.

“And one or two of the more senior players are also benefiting from being in a settled side.

“Myself and Adam Barnard always believed what we were doing was right and the lads are now peforming to a level we’re happy with.

“Of course there’s always room for improvement and if we can maintain a settled side we as coaches should be able to achieve that.

“I thought we did really well against Bromsgrove. Our forwards were really up for it and our scrummaging was excellent. Team spirit is good and we’re all playing for one another.”

Bromsgrove, fourth in the table and boasting recent wins over Old Halesonians and Nuneaton, were blown away by the Lions’ rampant showing up front.

All the try-scoring chances came Lions’ way and Matt Dunn and Arturius Balcunius were rightly rewarded with touchdowns. A penalty try was also awarded as Bromsgrove wilted and then wheeled under pressure at a scrum under their own posts.

Centre Gedis Marcisauskas played his last game for the club before moving back to Lithuania to live and Fox said: “Gedis will be a massive loss to us. He’s been a great servant to rugby in Peterborough for the last 10 years.”

This weekend Fox takes his rejuvenated pack of Lions off to table-topping Hinckley.

“That will be a very tough day at the office but we’ve got nothing to lose,” added Fox.

“Now the boys are playing better they should be looking forward to the challenge and the physical aspect of the game. We just need to give a good account of ourselves and pull together and let the result look after itself.”

Lions are still likely to be without injured forwards Marius Andrijauskas and Jack Lewis but there’s good news on the Wade Schoeman front.

Last year’s player of the year hasn’t performed this season due to a shoulder injury sustained in a car crash but is likely to have his first run-out with the second team.