Leicester Storm RLC make their Brooksby Melton College bow

Brooksby Melton College principal Chris Ball with Leicester Storm head coach Dean Thomas and players Frank Barlow and Dan Baillie at the new pitch EMN-150313-121713002
Brooksby Melton College principal Chris Ball with Leicester Storm head coach Dean Thomas and players Frank Barlow and Dan Baillie at the new pitch EMN-150313-121713002
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Leicester Storm Rugby League Club begin a new era on Saturday when they step on to the pitch at their new Brooksby Melton College home for the first time.

The Storm entertain Gloucestershire Warriors in Conference League South at Brooksby (kick-off 2pm), and the club are hoping to attract a big crowd for the occasion. Admission costs just £2.

The club announced their move to Brooksby Melton College in March, with the college’s new state-of-the-art sports facilities forming the club’s training and matchday base.

Leicester and Gloucestershire have endured similar fortunes in the league this season with both sides looking to this weekend’s fixture to bounce back from defeat.

The Storm suffered a 28-0 loss on the road at Valley Cougars in horrendous conditions, while the Warriors found themselves on the wrong end of a 56-10 loss to Coventry Bears.

Both teams won their first game of the season, and sit level in the Conference League South table after two rounds of fixtures.

Leicester Storm head coach Dean Thomas said: “We only ever play a game to get a win. We’re going to play fast and we’re going to play hard and hopefully we’ll get the two points.

“We trained for the first time at Brooksby Melton College and we’re feeling good. It was good to see a large squad of new and old faces train together.

“The weather looks like it’s going to be nice and dry, which will suit our fast playing style, and hopefully we’ll be able to pick on any defensive weaknesses. It will be a mental challenge as well but it’s up to the players to up their game.

“They’re all confident in their own abilities and the match plan.”

Saturday’s fixture will be the Storm’s first encounter with Gloucestershire Warriors since 2012 when both teams were playing in the Midlands Premier Division.

That season, the Storm beat Gloucestershire on all three occasions, the last a narrow 38-34 victory.

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