Blood, sweat and tears have been shed to help put the Aspatria Hornets on the right road. And one man, with a team behind him, has helped to clean up the club and bring it back from the ashes.

Over the years Aspatria Hornets have been hit with their share of bad luck but now, after the efforts and commitment of the community, they are able to proudly show off the pitch they have lovingly nurtured and developed.

Throughout lockdown groundsman and vice chairman Alan Reynolds has maintained the pitch so when the teams are able to get back out and train, it will be in tip top condition.

The club has been running for over 100 years but was forced to disband after getting into financial difficulties. However, they have bounced back in the last 10 years and now have a booming following and a community behind the club.

The club is buzzing after managing to install better drainage that will help members continue to help the club grow and become bigger and better. The changing rooms are now beautifully restored after being set on fire and vandalised.

And, the vice chairman dedicated nights and weekend to putting where it is today

Aspatria Hornets have been working hard in the community while the rugby season has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and are thankful for the all the efforts people have put in.

Mr Reynolds admitted the work has involved a lot of blood, sweat and tears but is all worth it in the end.

He said: “It’s been hard work, I have been coming down through lockdown just to maintain the pitch.

“We do have a lot of plans for the future and we are building a relationship with the school and now they’re going to be able to use our changing rooms.

“We also hope to install better fencing. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the help of sponsors and the community.

“It’s not always the money we need, sometimes we just need people’s time to come and help with different projects.

“We have had people help us collect equipment from the other end of the country and had tradesmen donate their time and expertise or helped us at cost.

“All of this has helped us get to where we are today.

“We’re all looking forward to being back in the game and doing what we enjoy the most but this time has not been wasted, the club will be at its best.

“We’ve done so much and we can’t thank everyone enough for what they have helped us achieve.”