RUGBY UNION: It’s all systems for Horncastle RUFC

Some of the players in action at Horncastle RUFC's first training session of the new season
Some of the players in action at Horncastle RUFC's first training session of the new season
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Officials at Horncastle Rugby Union Club have shrugged off fears about the club’s future and stress they are looking forward to an exciting season.

The club has struggled in recent seasons and was rocked by the departure of a number of top players before the start of last season.

As a result, Horncastle pulled out of the league structure stage - leading to doubts about the future of the sport in the town.

However, the club last week started training for the new campaign and will compete in a ‘Merit’ competition.

They have already arranged one warm-up game against Bourne at Horncastle Playing Fields on Saturday (August 23).

Chairman Dave Stow said the club was building a squad containing a blend of experienced and younger players.

Newcomers are welcome at training sessions, which will be held at the club’s ground on Tuesdays, starting at 7pm.

Mr Stow said: “Things are going really well. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and support for the club and we’re looking forward to the new season. We’ve got a number of older players who have stayed loyal to us and we’ve also attracted some younger lads.

“We’d still like to strengthen and anyone interested just needs to turn up at training.”