The only American football team in south Cumbria are set to have strength in numbers for the 2020 season after holding hugely successful rookie sessions.

Wind and rain proved to be off-putting for some at the first session run by the Furness Phantoms, which was held at Ulverston Leisure, but the weather cleared up in time for the second at Pulse Soccer in Barrow.

This led to a great turn-out and the Phantoms were left very impressed with the array of talent that showed up, with plenty choosing to try out a new sport.

For those who couldn't make the try-outs, it is not too late, as training sessions will be held at Pulse every Sunday until late March from 12:30-2:30pm, with players of any experience welcome to come down.

The Phantoms are making a big push to bring in extra bodies after struggling for numbers at times last year in Division Two North of the BAFA National League.

The Ulverston-based side had to travel to some of their matches with the minimum numbers, which ultimately affected their results over the course of the campaign.

They won just two of their eight games during 2019, but they will be hoping to pick up where they left off, after finishing what was a frustrating season with a morale-boosting 19-8 victory over Knottingley Raiders.