Half season report
Played – 13
Won – 11
Lost – 2
Points for – 781
Points against – 174
Points difference – 607
League position – 1st
Players used – 46
Age range is from 18 to 53The second team this year have once again played open and attractive rugby that has produced some high scoring games with 2 results being over 100 points, and 6 over 50 points. Once again the defence has been the main stay of the team with 5 clean sheets in this part of the season. 2 players have played in all games Captain Pete Board and Bruce Lacey with 11 others playing 9 or more games, we have supplied the first team with numerous players and had return to play through our ranks for players returning from injury.
Notable victories this season have included the home fixture against Preston when following a massive defensive display for an hour we scored some late tries against a strong young hoppers team keeping a clean sheet at the same time and the game against Caldy when the all round play was some of the best the Lions have produced in the last 4 years with only wingers and centres scoring tries on the day.
Top try scorer is Rhodri Mayor with 12 tries and top points scorer is Jack Taylor with 68 and a 70% kicking average. In total 38 players have scored out of the 46 used so far this season showing the all- inclusive nature of our game play.
The first part of the second team season is all about gaining a position in the top 7 of the league as it now splits in to conference A and conference B with all points being returned to zero. Being in conference A as the Lions are will provide sterner test as it included teams for the top half of the league and we now play a more traditional league structure of home and away games. Conference A includes the following teams, Fylde, Preston Grasshoppers, Sedgley Park, Caldy, Chester and Sale all of whom will test the quality and depth of the Lions squad.
Having won the league 3 times in the last 4 years we find that all teams raise their game whenever they play the Lions and it is now a necessary part of being a Lions squad member that we train together on a Thursday, play for each other and the badge on a Saturday and finally make sure that we don’t leave the club before 6 on a Saturday otherwise fines will be levied.
In recent seasons to test the Lions a player has been selected at random to bake cakes after the game. The quality of which in the last 3 seasons has slowly been rising and to this end we have had some fantastic offering after the game including the now famous Paavola, strangely shaped biscuit’s and the customary chocolate brownie. So if you are feeling peckish you may be able to beg a crumb or too after a game.
All games in the new year are on the Lions page of the club web site but also will be advertised on the ‘next game’ board at the front of Priory Park, so if you are at a loose end on a Saturday come on down and watch a Lions game , you never know you probably will enjoy it!!
Finally a reminder of the Club v School game next Friday when the second team pit their skills against Kings School old boys, the series stands at 1 win a peace so all is to play for for a fantastic
charity. Come down and start your festive celebrations by watching a game played in the traditional spirit of fun and enjoyment.