Trying times for the Lions, Borough Ladies are flying

German Herrara Luhrs on the run for the Lions against Otley. Picture: Mick Sutterby
German Herrara Luhrs on the run for the Lions against Otley. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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The Peterborough Lions big wigs believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel . . . trouble is that tunnel is getting longer by the minute.

Saturday’s home loss to Otley was the Lions ninth defeat in 10 games and leaves them rooted to the foot of the National League Two North table.

Alex Ioannou on a roll for the Lions against Otley. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Alex Ioannou on a roll for the Lions against Otley. Picture: Mick Sutterby

And, worryingly, they are 12 points from safety with a third of their games now gone.

“It’s coming,” insisted Lions chairman Andy Moore after the 26-10 loss to Otley. “Slowly, I know, but we’re getting there.”

He did have a point. The Lions’ performance was a massive improvement on their last showing at Solstice Park when they got stuffed 43-14 by Huddersfield and they were more than a match for their visitors from West Yorkshire.

In fact for long spells they not only matched Otley, they dominated them.

The high-flying Borough Ladies team. From the left they are, back, Emma Rodrigues, Georgie Sheridan, Zoe Wright, Ellen Humphrey, Deborah Lea, Jess Wilson, Kaleigh Wheeler, Alisha Hearn, Katy Richards, Sarah Ashton, Jess Robinson, Nat Elliott, front, Joss Hurcombe, Emma Byatt, Steph Warlow (vice-captain), Beckie Neville, Melanie Fulcher (captain), Laura Phillips, Sarah Winder and Racheal Marshall. Picture: Mick Sutterby

The high-flying Borough Ladies team. From the left they are, back, Emma Rodrigues, Georgie Sheridan, Zoe Wright, Ellen Humphrey, Deborah Lea, Jess Wilson, Kaleigh Wheeler, Alisha Hearn, Katy Richards, Sarah Ashton, Jess Robinson, Nat Elliott, front, Joss Hurcombe, Emma Byatt, Steph Warlow (vice-captain), Beckie Neville, Melanie Fulcher (captain), Laura Phillips, Sarah Winder and Racheal Marshall. Picture: Mick Sutterby

The difference was in the finishing department. Otley’s nippy backs scooted in for four tries on the counter-attack whereas the Lions managed just two touchdowns despite battering away at the try-line for sustained patches of pressure in both halves.

The entire Lions pack all had drives for the line halted, Aki Lea actually had a try disallowed for a toe in touch and new full-back German Herrara Luhrs, an exciting Chilean international, was felled just a foot short.

“You can’t fault our effort and commitment,” said frustrated Lions director of rugby Simon Moyle. “We’re just not getting the tries that effort deserves.”

There is no game this weekend, giving the wounded Lions more time to recover in time for a trip to Preston Grasshoppers on November 17.

Sarah Winder scored two tries for Borough Ladies. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Sarah Winder scored two tries for Borough Ladies. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Then games follow against four more teams in the bottom half of the table - Macclesfield, Leicester Lions, Sheffield Tigers and Tynedale.

“It’s a massive run up to Christmas for us,” said Moore. “We’ve got to get something out of those games and if we play like we did against Otley and up at Sedgley Park the week before that then I’m confident we will do so.

“It’s been a massive jump up to the National League and adjusting has taken longer than expected. But we live in hope and will be doing all we can to make sure we remain at this level.”

MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE

There were good wins for Borough and Oundle in Midlands Division One on Saturday.

Third-placed Oundle smashed lowly Leighton Buzzard 53-8 with Robb Shingles, Joe Roberts and Grant Snelling all crossing twice while Borough won 27-8 away at Wellingborough with tries by Ross Chamberlain, Ryan Morris, Matt Newman, Tom Stuffins and Mooki Tshepo-Olebile to move up to sixth in the table.

Morris, Michael Bean, Zac McClure and Jamie Dingle all had fine games.

BOROUGH LADIES

Borough Ladies’ brilliant start to life at National Women’s Conference Midlands Division One level after winning promotion last season continued on Sunday.

They won 19-12 at Olney thanks to tries by Sarah Winder (2) and Kaleigh Wheeler to continue their unbeaten start.

Wheeler and Winder were named forward and back of the match respectively.

Borough are second in the table, a point behind Sutton Coldfield, and their next game is away to Sutton Coldfield on Sunday November 18.

JUGGERS v OLD DEACONIANS

Borough Juggers take on Old Deaconians at Fengate on Saturday in the annual Anthony Egglestone Memorial Match (1.30pm kick-off).

Old Deaconians team: Paul Stimpson, Steve Hoffmann, Howard Tilney, Dave Hagerty, Dave Musson, Darren Theakston, Lakhbir Bondhi, Paul Hoffmann, Roger Paton, Andy Lesiw, Tariq Iqbal, Pete Talbott, Pete Brudnell, Dave Brudnell, Matt Stuffins, Dan Stuffins, Dave Lutton, Ajaz Akhtar, Andy White, Jack Drewery, Clint Bell, Andy Meikle.

ENGLAND TOUCH

Six Peterborough players have been selected for the England Touch Rugby junior training squads.

Included among the 45 girls and 59 boys who will attend training days in January and February are Borough brothers Sam and Harry Missin, Leah Lilley, Liberty Ashdown (both Borough), Amelia Grota (Peterborough Touch) and Logan Noble (Arthur Mellows Village College).

ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP

NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO (NORTH)

P W D L Bon Pts

Hull Ionians 10 9 0 1 8 44

Hinckley 10 8 0 2 6 38

Huddersfield 10 7 0 3 9 37

Chester 9 7 0 2 7 35

Sedgley Park 10 6 0 4 8 32

Wharfedale 10 6 0 4 7 31

Otley 10 6 0 4 5 29

Fylde 10 5 0 5 9 29

Stourbridge 10 5 0 5 6 26

Sheffield Tigers 10 4 0 6 9 25

Preston 10 3 0 7 13 25

Tynedale 9 3 1 5 8 22

Leicester Lions 10 3 0 7 8 20

South Leicester 10 3 1 6 5 19

Macclesfield 10 2 0 8 3 11

Peterboro Lions 10 1 0 9 4 8

MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE (EAST)

P W D L Bon Pts

Kettering 9 8 0 1 7 39

Paviors 9 7 0 2 10 38

Oundle 9 7 0 2 5 33

Oadby Wyggs 9 6 0 3 7 31

West Bridgford 9 5 0 4 8 28

Peterborough 9 5 0 4 6 26

Lutterworth 9 5 0 4 6 26

Towcestrians 9 5 0 4 5 25

Wellingborough 9 5 0 4 2 22

ONs 9 4 0 5 4 20

Rugby Lions 9 3 0 6 3 15

Old Scouts 9 2 0 7 2 10

Leighton Buzzard 9 1 0 8 4 8

Melton Mowbray 9 0 0 9 3 3