Langtoft United are fired up for the biggest challenge in the club’s history with the start of their debut season in the Peterborough and District League Premier Division on Saturday.
The village side know they will be some people’s favourites to go straight back down after last season’s historic promotion.
But they are confident of causing a few upsets as they aim to establish themselves in the top flight.
And the Vikings won’t have to wait long to try to ruffle a few feathers as their opening six games in August include fixtures against last season’s league runners-up Netherton United, PFA Senior Cup holders ICA Sports and local rivals Deeping Rangers Reserves.
The derby, on August 26, will take on added spice as a number of last season’s Rangers squad have moved to Langtoft during the summer.
Manager Phil Gadsby said: “I’ve been really impressed with our pre-season preparations, the commitment from the lads has been superb.
“We’ve trained hard and put in some really good performances in our friendlies. Competition for places is really fierce at the minute and everyone seems to be upping their game.
“I’m really happy with how we are shaping up.”
The first team will be supported by a reserve side competing just a division below after they also secured promotion last season, although squad depth will be tested to the maximum as they also face six games before the end of August.
Gadsby added: “It’s a really exciting time for everyone at the club.”