Spalding Town have set their sights on an immediate return to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after last year’s relegation.
Weather permitting, they will begin life in the South Lincs & Border League’s Premier Division with a trip to Bourne 2nd on Saturday (1pm start).
Captain Rob Ambrose is aiming for a more enjoyable season along with the club’s target of developing young players at first-team level.
He said: “We managed to keep hold of the majority of our players which we felt was the most important thing.
“In the past, we know a lot of teams coming down from the Premier League haven’t kept their players.
“Our main objective was to keep our side together and I think we will be strong.
Our aim is to go straight back up. But we know we can’t just turn up and expect to win every week.Rob Ambrose
“So we are very keen and looking forward to the new season.
“Our aim is to go straight back up. But we know we can’t just turn up and expect to win every week.
“The first month of the season is always important so we want to get off to a good start.
“Last year was not very enjoyable at times as we were getting hammered too often and we were weaker than a lot of the other sides.
“Hopefully we can enjoy a few more wins this summer. We have regrouped and we will go out there again.
“This is a very good club and it’s not just about the first team.
“We are aiming to give an opportunity to a couple of lads from the academy.
“We want to use some of those youngsters in our first-team games.
“We have still got a strong side and, fingers crossed, we will give it a good go.”
On the opening day of the season, Billingborough are at home to Belton Park.
Long Sutton start their campaign against Sleaford 2nd at Paradise Field on April 23 when Bourne 2nd will be away to Market Deeping 2nd.
Spalding 3rd are away to Long Sutton 2nd in the only Division Two fixture this weekend.