ACCRINGTON RLFC founder Tony Hindle is hoping the rollercoaster ride which he has been on since 1988 will finish on a high at the end of this season.
Tony formed the club 16 years ago and has tried desperately over the years to boost their profile.
They are currently gunning for promotion in the North West Counties Division Six but have formed a Lions Under 16's team this year as they strive to give rugby league a firm foothold in East Lancashire.
"It has been a roller coaster ride," said the retired newsagent. "There have been so many peaks and troughs. Four of us started the club - Gary Makin, Rod Steele, Stuart Isherwood and myself - as we were a group of rugby league fans who wanted to play rugby and didn't want to travel out of town.
"We started out in Division Nine of the North West Counties League and have had promotions and relegations. It is hard as when players retire through age or injuries you have to start again to find and train people.
"It is not like in Wigan or Widnes where you can go into a pub and find most of the people have played rugby league. Here it is like starting from scratch again."
Accrington were relegated last season into Division Six - which is now the lowest league in the North West Counties.
"We want promotion this year and we are quite happy with how we have done so far," said Tony.
Three teams will go up and Accrington currently lie in fourth place after they lost narrowly to Rylands on Saturday - who pushed them out of the promotion places.
Accrington raced into a 6-0 lead with Martin Fisher scoring the try and top points scorer Andy Watson converting at Highams.
"We then eased off the gas," said Tony, who plays for the team. "And we lost our discipline and gave away needless penalties."
Rylands then battled back to lead 8-6 at half-time and then they scored immediately after the restart and again to charge into a commanding 18-6 lead.
But Accrington finished strongly with Danny Loudon scoring their second try of the game but it was out wide and Martin Fisher couldn't convert.
"We have played 11 games this season and won six," said Tony. "We are reasonably happy with that but it is a hard league as the teams from Widnes and Wigan are higher side's A teams and have players in their sides who are coming back from injury for their main teams or players who are out-of-form. They tend to be strong sides."
And just to prove this Halton Simms Cross, from Widnes, currently top the table with 23 points and have won 11 out of their 12 games while Widnes St Mary's are next and they have played 10 and won nine. Then comes Rylands and Accrington, both on 12 points.
Tony continued: "Christmas is a big time for us as we need to pick up a couple of wins and make sure we stay up there. I will be disappointed if we don't get promoted."
They travel to mid-table Orrell St James on Saturday on the hunt for one of those victories.
And captain Nick Cook will be hoping to add to his try count as he currently is Accrington's top try scorer.
The club train every Wednesday at Primetime in Rishton. From 7-8pm it is for Under 16s and 8-9 is for the over 16s. Anyone is welcome.
"It has been good this year as we have formed the Lions side and, although they are finding their feet in the league in their first year, many of them are showing real promise and a couple play for Lancashire," added Tony.
"It means we will have some players coming through instead of basically having to start again with a new team in some years.
"And if we can get promotion into the Fifth Division, it will be a good boost for us - and hopefully for rugby league in the area."