IT MAY have been a losing start for Old Leamingtonian Ladies RFC after they slipped to a 37-7 friendly defeat against Moseley, but there were plenty of positives to take from the loss in what was their first outing as a team.
The OLs women travelled to Birmingham on Sunday with a squad of 20 to pit themselves against opposition from the league above.
Some of girls had been with the team for years, some were seasoned pros but new to OLs, and some were completely new to the game and playing in their first ever match.
The visitors got off to a slightly shaky start with Moseley scoring shortly after the kick off. However, the girls remained positive and kept working hard, even when number eight Milly Carter was stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Although Moseley ran in a few more tries before the break, Ols improved as the match went on and grew in confidence.
And shortly after half-time they were able to pull a try back. Tasha Barnes put the ball over the line but the whole team played their part and the try was converted by new number ten Lois Moulding.
After a couple more tries for Moseley it was game over, and OLs headed for home, with lots to work on but the team have every right to feel optimistic about the season ahead.
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