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Lions seek to restore their pride.

Byline: MARTIN NEAL

OWNER and coach James Thomson has called on his Middlesbrough Lions team to get back to winning ways this weekend.

The TADEA Lions were without a game last weekend but return to action on Sunday when National Division Four (North) whipping boys Oldham Titans visit Eston Sports Academy (4pm).

And Thomson is hoping the extended break has allowed his team to recharge their batteries following a lacklustre home defeat against Bradford Maroons last time out.

The Titans have been soundly beaten in their two league matches to date this season, the most recent a 70-54 home loss to Tees Valley Mohawks II.

And Thomson said: "This is a game I expect us to win so I'm looking for a good performance.

"We had a good win over the Mohawks but then we seemed a bit lethargic the following week.

"Patrick O'Connor, for example, is like a spark plug for us usually but he just didn't fire.

"There's been an illness in the camp, and Patrick was one of those affected, and I think there was some tiredness creeping in too.

"So we cancelled our training sessions and local league games last week and now hopefully we can go and put on a show for the fans."

The illness was a condition known as slap cheek which can be highly contagious.

"You don't know you've got it until the rash comes out and by that time it's no longer contagious," explained Thomson.

"But thankfully it looks as if it's cleared up now."

The Lions go into this weekend's game with the same squad that played against Bradford, but Thomson revealed he's looking to strengthen in time for the following week's league and cup double header at Hull.

Meanwhile Sunday's game will form part of the Transporter Bridge's centenary celebrations.

Anyone who mentions the Transporter Bridge when buying tickets will be admitted for a discount pounds 2, and all paying adult spectators will receive a free candle courtesy of Heaven Scent. There will also be a 'silly sale' of candles during the interval.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2011
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