Officials at Horncastle Rugby Union Club are confident the sport has a vibrant future in the town ahead of the first Merit League fixture of the new season.
A new-look Horncastle side will entertain Kesteven thirds at Coronation Walk on Saturday.
Horncastle have already played one ‘warm-up’ game this season and are relishing the prospect of league action.
President Dave Stow said: “The players have been working very hard in training and they are all looking forward to the game.”
There were some encouraging performances in the warm-up match against Lincoln thirds with the visitors only taking the spoils thanks to a late burst of points.
Players train on a Tuesday night at Coronation Walk (7pm) and the club has several Merit Table fixtures arranged, including a clash against Boston in two weeks.
Recent events are a major boost for the club which has struggled to survive after an exodus of leading players before the start of last season.
Stow added: “All the signs are encouraging and we’re determined to make sure rugby union not only survives in Horncastle but thrives as well.
“We’ve a lot of young players at training and that is another positive.”
*Anyone wanting to join the club is welcome at training sessions.