Peterborough Lions were well and truly tamed in Warwickshire this afternoon (September 24).
The city side suffered their heaviest ever National League Division Three defeat when losing 53-0 at Nuneaton.
It was the Lions’ fourth match of the season and they are still searching for their first victory. And after a big recruitment drive in the summer, chairman Andy Moore is far from happy.
“Nuneaton are a very good side and are title contenders,” said Moore. “I reckon they will be top of the table at Christmas. But if we don’t watch out, we’ll be bottom.
“In fact, we could be bottom. I’m too depressed to look at the table.
“The first half wasn’t that bad. We gifted them two tries and we were only 17-0 down at the break.
“We all thought we’d get back into it in the second half but they ran all over us. It was a dreadful performance. I can honestly say that in the 12 years the Lions have been going that half was the worst ever.
“Half our players tried hard and are doing their bit. But I have to admit the other half are not up to it.
“Nuneaton were a yard quicker than us in every area. We did everything too slowly and got whupped.
“We’ve got Old Halesonians at home next week. If the same thing happens again I’ll be making a statement - watch this space.”
Not long after the final whistle Moore was, however, grinning from ear to ear.
He’d just learned that a horse he’d backed at Newmarket romped home at odds of 25-1 and he’d won over £300. The name of the horse? The Last Lion!
Meanwhile strong-running winger Vernon Horne, the Lions top try-scorer last season, has left the club to join Oundle.