Village football team set for first ever home game

A new Sunday league football team in a Lincoln village is preparing for its first ever home game this weekend.

Witham St Hughs FC was formed earlier this year after being created by five 17-year-olds – Harry Kirk, Josh Paulie, Ben Gaskell, Ben Chambers and Aron Brown.

It was created because it was noticed Witham St Hughs had no football club and they wanted to give back to the local community whilst also gaining experience.

The previous Witham Club ran out of funds and had to close down and after coming up with the early idea in February 2017, the five guys ensured the new club became affiliated in early April 2018 after gaining financial backing from local sponsors Cargill and Frontier Agriculture.

Witham St Hughs FC in action against AFC Rustons. Photo: Josh Paulie

Now, after four pre-season friendlies, the team played in their first ever Lincolnshire Sunday League Division Two match earlier this month.

Unfortunately the trip to AFC Rustons on September 9 ended in a 5-1 defeat before a narrow 1-0 loss at Waddington United followed the week after, but the team our determined their first ever home game will have a better outcome.

More action from Witham St Hughs FC’s trip to AFC Rustons. Photo: Josh Paulie

Waddington United will be the first ever league visitors this Sunday, September 23, with the match taking place on the pitch just behind the Co-op and primary school in Witham St Hughs (10.45am kick-off).

One of the founders of the new club Josh Paulie told The Lincolnite: “As a team we are all proud of what we have been able to achieve from this project, from just an initial dream of owning our own club, to becoming a reality. It has been an unforgettable experience for us all.

“We’d like to thank manager Sean Collins for all his hard work so far.”

Anyone interested in joining the club should email [email protected] or contact them via their Instagram @witham_st_hughs_fc.