Skipper Harry Sharman says the support shown for Spalding Rugby Club can make a big difference this season.
Three successive defeats have left Town at the bottom of Midlands One East after conceding 171 points.
On Saturday they are at home to Huntingdon & District who have only picked up two league points so far.
Sharman admitted: “Without doubt, the support locally is outstanding with 200 to 300 people showing their support.
“Even with a heavy loss, they are still on our side, cheering us on to the final whistle.
“It really does make a difference to the players and we would like to thank them for their support.
“It’s going to be hard work this season but all we ask for is 100 per cent every week.
“What’s difficult for Spalding is we’ve got two teams and we’re playing against city sides who have got a lot of players they can draw on.
“We’re a local side whose players have come up through the age groups.
“If we’re going to compete at this level and survive, it’s going to be mainly about money.
“But it’s not the way we want to go as a club and against Huntingdon, we’ll work on what we didn’t do so well against Derby.
“It’s always difficult and frustrating not to be on the pitch with the boys but I was very proud of their effort.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult test against a city side like Derby but I can’t fault the lads at all. They put their bodies on the line and scored a late try.”
Midlands One East: Bugbrooke v Belgrave, Derby v Bedford Athletic, Ilkeston v Paviors, Kettering v Old Northamptonians, Mansfield v Newark, Market Rasen & Louth v Syston, Spalding v Huntingdon & District.
Midlands Four East (South): Bedford Swifts v Brackley, St Neots v Old Newtonians, Stamford College Old Boys v Deepings, Thorney v Corby, Westwood v Bourne.