BOURNE Rugby Club is hoping to rejoin the RFU Midlands League as it enters its 25th anniversary year.
The club has applied to the Rugby Football Union to make the step up from the Lincolnshire Merit League and hope to know by the end of January whether they have been successful.
If they get the green light, they are likely to be integrated into either the Midlands 4 East’s South or North division.
Bourne player Neil Oglesbee said: “It’s not 100 percent certain but hopefully we have been accepted back into the league.
“We want to also get a second team playing and will look to put them in the Merit league where the first team plays now.
“Having a seconds team provides continuity for players that do not always get games and creates competition for places.”
The club is looking at appointing a coach and Oglesbee added: “The teams would be set up the same way so players from each team can play for either the firsts or seconds as required.”
April 1 marks the official 25th anniversary of the formation of the club, which grew from a meeting of rugby fans at the Nags Head.
“There are still a few guys from the early days,” said Oglesbee. “Brian Rubin was involved with the first meeting and two or three others are still involved with the club.”
From that beginning, the club reached the heady heights of the Midlands League’s third tier before slipping back in recent years.
But with a crop of players now emerging from the youth sides each year, Bourne believe they have the strength in depth to move upwards.
“All the junior sides are affiliated to the club and this year is the first that we have seen the transition from youth to senior sides.
“Next year we expect six or seven more to progress.”
And with several teenage players already winning county recognition, they are likely to give the current players a run for the money when it comes to claiming first team spots.
Bourne, who won their last two matches by handsome 45-3 and 24-0 margins, are away against Boston 2nd XV tomorrow in their final league game before their traditional winter break.
As in previous years, the tour is based around a match against a Royal Anglian Regiment team.
Oglesbee said: “We have been to Germany twice to play them and they have been over here.
“We did not get a chance to play last year but we are going to play in Cyprus.”
After the tour they will return to their Merit League campaign, where they are currently second.
“As long as we keep going, we will be near the top,” added Oglesbee.