The South Lincolnshire Lightning prepare for their first-ever league game at home on Sunday, just 18 months after forming as a club.
The team is based at Bourne Rugby Club, having been founded by chairman Rich Young in 2020.
After successfully completing their associated season in 2021, they are now part of the BAFA NFC Two South Division with Doncaster Mustangs, Humber Warhawks, Lincolnshire Bombers and Scunthorpe Alphas.
The Alphas are the visitors to Bourne this Sunday and the Lightning are looking to replicate last year’s result which saw the home side come away with a shutout victory.
The game kicks off at 2pm and is free for all, with the club hoping both a big crowd will come out to support the team and bounce back from a tough loss at division favorites Warhawks last.
The club will play eight divisional games this season with the possibility of play-offs thereafter and will hold open training sessions in the weeks between games.
Recruiting officer and offensive captain Dave Grieve said: “The last year and a half has been a whirlwind with how quickly we have gone from just having some people show an interest in playing, to creating a port home base, to play in our associated season, to actually play in a good BAFA Britball game.
“We still have a long way to go and that will start with the Alphas at home, especially as we want to maintain our positive record against them.
“We are always on the lookout for new players as the sport is open to all men and women over the age of 18.
“Anyone interested is welcome to come to Bourne Rugby Club and chat with the team, Head Coach Andy Wain, Offensive Coordinator Jack Woolley and see for themselves what the Lightning Family is all about. You can also Find us on social media.”