Lewes FC will play in their first ever European match when they host FC Oslo in the FENIX Trophy on Tuesday night.
Their opening group game of the tournament is a huge milestone in the clubs 138-year history.
The FENIX Trophy is a European competition established in 2021 and is designed to “highlight best practices” according to its official website.
It promotes “sporting conduct, bonds with the local community, sustainability, use of technologies, and friendship among clubs”.
The Rooks go into the game off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Margate in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.
But a 4-0 victory over third placed Enfield Town on October 21 and their draw on August 26 against runaway leaders Hornchurch – who haven’t dropped a point since – should serve as inspiration for Tony Russell’s side.
They face an FC Oslo side, also known as Gamle Oslo FK, who have just secured their regional title in the Norwegian fifth tier, and a promotion playoff on Thursday.
Gamle have lost one league game all season but were defeated in their opening FENIX Trophy group game to Belgian second tier side KSK Beveren.