PRESTON Lodge RFC head coach Andrew Clark is refusing to set targets as the new rugby season gets under way.

The East Lothian side kick off another season in National League Two with a trip to Whitecraigs RFC tomorrow (Saturday).

Clark, who is now in his third year as the head coach, told Courier Sport: “We have got what we perceive to be a really strong starting squad, which should be able to compete in the league we are in.

“We have got a lot of young players, who are developing, and we have got a game plan that can do us well.

“We are happy enough and will see where we end up.”

Preston Lodge had been due to make the journey west last Saturday to face Carrick in the Scottish League Cup.

That fell victim to the weather, with the clash in Maybole, in South Ayrshire, now scheduled for October 26.

Clark said: “We were disappointed it was called off but the weather was poor.

“There is not really too much you can do about it.

“It was unexpected but there was bad weather through there.”

Preston Lodge players have been gearing up for the new season with four training sessions a week.

Strength and conditioning sessions have been used alongside rugby training in a bid to ensure the team hits the ground running and, hopefully, push towards the top.

Clark, who works as a lecturer in sports studies at Edinburgh College, said: “We have not really sat down and discussed targets or aim as a group.

“We are just setting standards – standards within our group, standards in training and performance level and we will see where we end up.

“We have not said what will be good or bad.

“We have done that in the past, we’ve set goals, and it has not really helped us in any way.”

The new campaign gets under way at Whitecraigs RFC, who are based on the south-side of Glasgow, near Newton Mearns.

Whitecraigs lost 32-12 to Peebles in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday.

Clark anticipated there would be an “anxious start” from his team as they tried to get back down to business.

He added: “It is always tough in Whitecraigs.

“They managed to stay up last year and I am sure they will have recruited.

“It is not going to be an easy game.”