To say Newport’s victory on Saturday was comfortable would be something of an understatement with Peterborough Lions ending up on the wrong end of a ninety nine to nothing score line. Eye watering scores against the league’s bottom two sides have become something of a recurring theme this season. A fact which is perhaps surprising given that both Peterborough and South Leicester were relegated from the National League at the end of last season and might therefore have been expected to be amongst the stronger sides in the Midlands Premier. It is fair to say however that the spirit of the Peterborough players was never in doubt, they continued to battle and compete even as the score against them grew and were still giving their all at eighty minutes.
The game was played almost exclusively in the Peterborough half of the field where the kicking game of Jake Leonard at fly half was key to exploiting space behind the Peterborough defensive line. The tries came thick and fast and from a variety of sources. There were a number of breaks from half way which cut through the Peterborough defence, Sam Evans in particular showing his pace and finishing ability. The forwards also got in on the act with a number of tries forced over from close range, the returning Ollie Buckley and debutant Benn Vai amongst the scorers. It was pleasing to see a marked improvement in Newport’s set piece play, an area that Bob Adams and his team have been working on this week.
Newport will be looking to carry this form into next week’s home clash with local rivals Bridgnorth. The Bridgnorth games are regarded as a highlight of the season at Newport with this intense but friendly rivalry growing from year to year. Kick off 2-15pm at the Old Showground, Forton Road.