BOURNE Rugby Club face the challenge of a new, tougher league when they return to action tomorrow at home against St Neots.
The club re-entered the RFU league structure at the end of last season, when they topped the Lincolnshire Merit League. This season they will play in the Midlands East 4 (South) and skipper Adam Binns is excited about the prospect.
He said: “This is a big step for the club. It’s a building season for us but no matter what happens this is a positive year.”
Bourne have beaten Horncastle and Stamford College Old Boys in pre-season games and Binns added: “We have been trying to blow away the cobwebs and on Saturday things started to come together. We are starting to look good and hopefully we can take the club higher.
“There will always be four or five looking at promotion but hopefully we can get to a place where in a couple of years we can also look for promotion.”
The squad is now large enough for Bourne to still field a second XV in the Lincolnshire league and the skipper has been impressed by player commitment during the close season.
“Glen Smith is the new coach and we have had a good influx of young players,” he said. “We have four of five very good players but they will not shine unless we all play well.
“We do not have a big, lumpy pack but it has improved and can stand up to any team in the league, and we have pace at the back.”
“We can beat any team in the league on the day but we know St Neots are strong and it will be a good first test. We are going to have to play hard but we could cause an upset.
“This is a learning curve for us but we may surprise ourselves.”