South Lincolnshire Lighting American Football team are set for their first home league game
South Lincolnshire Lightning are preparing for their first-ever home league match on Sunday, a mere 18 months after first forming as a club.
The team are based at Bourne Rugby Club, after being founded by chairman Rich Young in 2020.
After successfully fulfilling their associate season in 2021, they are now in the BAFA NFC Two South Division along 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 the result from last year which saw the home team come away with a shut-out victory.
The match kicks off at 2pm and is free for all to watch with the club hoping for both a big crowd to come along and support the team and to bounce back from a hard loss away at the division favourites Warhawks last
The club will play eight divisional games this season with the potential for play-off matches afterwards and will be holding open practice sessions in the weeks in between games.
Recruitment officer and offensive captain Dave Grieve said: “The last year-and-a-half has been something of a whirlwind with how quickly we have gone from merely having some people show an interest in playing, to setting up a home base, to playing in our associate season, to actually playing in a proper BAFA Britball game.
“We have still got a long way to go and that will all start with the Alphas at home, especially as we want to maintain our positive record against them.
“We are always looking for new players, with the sport open to all males and females over the age of 18.
“Anyone interested is welcome to come along to Bourne Rugby Club and chat to the team, head coach Andy Wain, offensive co-ordinator Jack Woolley and see for themselves what the Lightning Family is all about. You can find us on social media as well.”