Spalding are in for a tough time when their Midlands Two East (North) season gets under way at Coalville on September 12, according to coach Ben Williams.
After crushing disappointment last season when Town were relegated from Midlands One East, where they managed just one win out of 26 games, fans at Memorial Field could be forgiven for thinking the upcoming league programme will be less taxing.
But Williams has warned his side to expect eight months of “good, hard rugby” against sides from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
“We’ve not had a break during the close season but instead we’ve been training every Wednesday throughout the summer so far,” Williams said.
“It’s about regrouping, getting back together and building a good, strong rugby club where we want people to come and play for us.
“People are excited about moving the club forward and we’re looking forward to it, but we have a difficult opening league game at Coalville.
“This isn’t going to be an easy league to get out of and we’ve just got to prepare ourselves for some good, hard rugby.
“But we’ve kept our motivation going, we’re bonding and getting closer as a team.”
September 12: Coalville (A), 19: Dronfield (H), 26: Mansfield (A), October 10: Market Bosworth (H), 24: Melbourne (A), November 7: Nottingham Casuals (H), 14: Southwell (A), 21: West Bridgford (A), December 5: Stamford (H), 12: Ashbourne (A), 19: Bakewell Mannerians (H), January 9: Dronfield (A), 16: Mansfield (H), 23: Market Bosworth (A), 30: Melbourne (H), February 13: Nottingham Casuals (A), 20: Southwell (H), March 5: West Bridgford (H), 19: Stamford (A), April 2: Ashbourne (H), 9: Bakewell Mannerians (A), 16: Coalville (H).