Local rugby: Lutterworth set sights on a top target
The only way for Lutterworth to improve on last season's great effort is to land promotion from Midlands Two East (South).
That is the view of senior players' manager Nick Langridge, who saw his side narrowly miss out on a trip to Twickenham and then suffer play-off heartache against Market Bosworth.
"We have set our sights high after convincingly winning the County Bowl in 2011-12 by entering the County Cup this season," said Langridge.
"We will be welcoming back a number of Lutterworth old boys, bringing the experience of playing at a higher level to encourage our young side to stretch themselves and to excel.
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"We are expanding our coaching team and encouraging flexibility across all senior sides to maximise choice and availability of talent.
"We have introduced a fourth senior men's team into the Leicester leagues to ensure all players have regular game-time.
"Lutterworth is at the top of its game and everybody expects this season to be as exciting as the last."
Market Harborough, Vipers and Oadby Wyggs will also hope to be in the promotion mix-up, and there is absolutely nothing to suggest they cannot build on solid 2011-12 campaigns.
Wyggs' new captain is fly-half Bob Beevers, although he will have a delayed start to the new season after undergoing shoulder surgery during the summer.
Wyggs will be hosting Marrket Harborough a week tomorrow, while Lutterworth are at Northampton Old Scouts and Vipers welcome Bugbrooke.
Coalville may have suffered relegation last season but they are looking on the bright side as they approach a new campaign in Midlands Two East (North).
Coalville join fellow county sides Aylestone St James, Belgrave, Leicester Forest, Melton Mowbray and Oakham in a Midlands division that has a really strong Leicestershire flavour.
Ashby will have another crack at getting out of Midlands Three East (North), while Old Newts are looking forward to playing in the South section at this level after landing an instant return following a good last season.
Stoneygate and Aylestone Athletic are the two Leicestershire teams taking part in Midlands Four East (South), while Castle Donington will ply their trade in Midlands Five East (North).