RUGBY UNION: You’d be a fool a write Lions off despite a tough start to the season

Action from Peterborough Lions' defeat at the hands of Old Halesonians.Photo: Mark Shore.
Action from Peterborough Lions' defeat at the hands of Old Halesonians.Photo: Mark Shore.
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Bullish Peterborough Lions chairman Andy Moore insists it would be foolish to write his struggling team off this season.

A dramatic late collapse at home to unbeaten National Division Three leaders Old Halesonians last weekend (September 26) means Lions have now lost two of their first four matches.

They also have an impending five-point deduction on the way for accidentally fielding an ineligible player.

When that penalty is imposed Lions will already be 10 points behind Old Halesonians -25-22 winners last Saturday - but that’s a gap that doesn’t daunt Moore ahead of a trip to lowly Old Northamptonians tomorrow (October 3).

Moore said: “There are plenty of points still to play for. Okay we are glad to see the back of September, but it’s the first month of the season and this division is so tight everyone will beat everyone else.

“We showed against Old Halesonians how good we can be. We were brilliant at times and they couldn’t cope with us.

“Considering we fielded a makeshift side because of injuries and unavailabilities it shows how huge our potential is. When we get everyone back and we maintain our levels for 80 minutes we will take some stopping and only a fool would rule us out of challenging for promotion at this early stage of the season.

“The points deduction will obviously hurt, but we have a great man in charge in Darren Fox and if the players can reach the tough targets he sets them this could still be a successful season.

“We do need to start winning though and we need to take advantage of Old Northamptonians’ tough start to the season.”

Boorugh rugby union first team are without a league game this weekend.