Rugby: Denis keeping the faith in beleaguered Lions

LIONS DIRECTOR OF RUGBY: Budge Pountney

LIONS DIRECTOR OF RUGBY: Budge Pountney

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CHAIRMAN Denis Eveleigh reiterated his belief that Bournemouth would achieve their long-term objectives – despite their desperate run of results.

Lions will look to recover from their season-defining slump of 11 straight defeats when they entertain Shelford tomorrow (2.30pm).

The Chapel Gate outfit’s hopes of leaping back out of the relegation places in 2014 were hit by last Saturday’s late 33-29 reverse at relegation rivals Dings Crusaders – a match Lions were leading with two minutes to play.

Their latest last-ditch heartbreak came on the back of another vital clash, a home match with backmarkers Exmouth, being postponed the week before.

However, the Bournemouth chief insisted his club’s strategy would remain unchanged and predicted a bright future.

Eveleigh said: “We know results have not been going very well but we have been playing an attractive style of rugby so it should make for a very good game (against Shelford).

“We are sticking to the style of rugby we are trying to play although we may not be getting the results.

“Like the old adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It might not happen this season but we certainly believe in what we are trying to do here and we will build on that.”

Lions face another tough test against Cambridgeshire-based Shelford, who have hauled themselves clear of relegation trouble by winning their past five National Two South matches.

“Shelford is another crucial game,” added Eveleigh. “We drew with them earlier in the season when they had a bit of a sticky start but have enjoyed some good results of late.

“It will be important to have a full 80-minute performance and for us to be ready to go from the start.”

Lions: (from) Westcott, Higgins, Metters, K Lynch, Chislett, Stewart, Drake, Hardcastle, Spikings, Terry, Wilford, Manning, Scott, Fuller, Bovett, R Lynch, Vaughan-Edwards, Rees, Grace, Sutherland.

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