Rugby - Lions’ promotion bid will go down to the wire

Reggie Reid crosses for one of his three tries. Photo: Mick Sutterby
Reggie Reid crosses for one of his three tries. Photo: Mick Sutterby
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There were wild celebrations down at Bretton Park this afternooon (April 11) as Peterborough Lions learned they were still in with a shout of promotion.

As expected the city side won their last home game of the season in National League Division Three, smashing rock-bottom strugglers Dudley Kingswinford 87-24, but it was a result from the West Midlands that received the loudest cheer.

Hinckley were playing at Old Halesonians and needed a win to make sure of securing second place behind champions South Leicester and a promotion play-off spot. But they didn’t get it.

Old Halesonians took the honours 17-10 and that keeps the Lions in contention for that coveted runners-up spot. Hinckley’s lead over third-placed Lions has been cut to just two points and it’s now all to play for next Saturday as the fixture list on the final day sees the Lions visit Hinckley.

“What an absoulte cracker of a game that will be. It’s a massive, massive game for us and we’re already getting excited,” beamed Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“All we have to do is go out there and beat them and I really fancy us to do just that.

“I honestly thought, especially after taking Darren Fox on board as player/coach at the start of the season, that we had the ammunition to achieve a top-four finish. Before today’s game I was very happy with third place in the table. Now, to think we can finish second has exceeded my expectations massively.

“To achieve what we’ve achieved in our first season in the National League has been tremendous.”

The outcome of today’s match was never in doubt as the Lions scored three tries in the first six minutes and by half-time had opened up a huge 59-5 lead.

Every time the Lions had possession they threatened to score a try and the likes of Wade Schoeman, Reggie Reid, Duncan Low, Chris Humphrey and Gedis Marcisauskas ran the show.

The Lions crossed for 13 tries with star full-back Reid claiming a first-half hat-trick. The other 10 came from Vernon Horne (2), Humphrey (2) Alexandros Ioannou, Low, Arturius Balcunius (2), James Mepham and Ramos Zokas with Carrington adding 11 conversions.

Meanwhile, in Midlands Division Two East (South) there was a win for Borough.

They completed their 2014/15 programme with a 27-5 victory at Leicester Forest thanks to tries by Stefan Gallucci, Chris Sansby (2), Harry Roe and Jack Dunn with Joe Andresen adding one conversion.