SEDGLEY Tigers bounced back to winning ways against rock-bottom Peterborough Lions but the victory was marred by yet another injury blow.

Number eight Hallam Chapman, who has not long returned to the side after a collar bone injury, was forced off after 59 minutes with a broken leg – adding another body to the packed treatment room at Park Lane.

General manager Geoff Roberts cannot believe the bad luck the club has suffered at the start of the campaign with a succession of injuries hampering their bid to challenge at the top end of the National Two North table.

And he says it is to the players’ credit they remain fourth and just eight points off leaders Hull Ionians after Saturday’s 31-29 home triumph against Peterborough.

Roberts said: “It is incredible really, we get a few back and then we are hit by more injuries.

“Hallam is only just back after his collar bone injury and then this happens.

“The only slight positive is that it appears to be a clean break with no ligament issues so hopefully he can be on the mend soon.

“Jimmy Lloyd would normally be okay to step in at number eight but he has snapped a bicep.

“It maybe a case of speaking to Juan Crous who used to play for us but is in semi-retirement – maybe he can get his boots back on.

“We are still not sure when Steve Collins will be back ready to start after his ankle problem as well. Hopefully he is getting nearer.

“I just wonder if we can get through a week without any injuries.

“You do sometimes get these spells. The last time I remember it being this bad for us saw us relegated to this division.

“Fortunately, this time around, we seem to be riding the storm well considering the injuries we have had to deal with.

“It’s credit to the players we are up there in the mix.”

Tries from Tom Bedlow, Mark Goodman, Jamie Harrison, Andy Riley and Max Skofic secured a bonus-point win against Peterborough despite some stubborn opposition that made life hard for the Tigers.

They came through and now face back-to-back matches against two of the sides above them, starting with a trip to Hinckley on Saturday – a team that were surprisingly beaten by Huddersfield last weekend.

Roberts added: “We are not clicking like we were and on Saturday it was a tough game against a Peterborough side who denied us having the ball a lot.

“They used it as a defensive ploy and it worked well for them.

“It is another thing for us to think about when we look to get the bonus point by taking tries over penalties.

“We have to be ready for Hinckley now and they could be tricky after they lost last weekend.

“I didn’t expect that result and it may give them a wake-up call ahead of our game.”