Cats claw their way into second place

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Oly Cats development squad secured second place in the Midlands Regional Development League thanks to a 39-26 victory over Warwick at Cranfield University on Saturday.

Bobby White’s side were third in the table going into the final match of the season, against a Warwick side who were above them due to their superior goal difference, and the hosts were looking to avenge a 36-21 defeat suffered back in October.

Oly Cats made a fine start to the game, putting Warwick on the back foot and racing into an early lead. It was a lead that they never looked likely to relinquish, and they dominated the away side throughout, going on to record a comfortable triumph.

The three points saw Oly Cats overtake the opposition to grab the runners-up spot in the division, behind champions Loughborough, completing a fantastic year for the club.

The second-place finish comes on top of Oly Cats under 18s lifting the National U18 Championship title in their inaugural season and the senior men’s side finishing third in Championship South, in what has been a memorable second season.

Reflecting on the game and the season, Oly Cats head coach Bobby White said: “I’m very happy with the game, we controlled it from start to finish. We lost to Warwick comfortably at the beginning of the season so to record such a comprehensive success is very satisfying.

“The turnaround highlights the progress that this team has made as a whole. We have a great combination of youth and experience and they are really starting to gel, which will put us in a good position next time around.

“I’m delighted with how the season has gone for all three of our teams. I don’t think we could have realistically asked for more. We’ve performed brilliantly across all the leagues we’ve competed in and I think next season we will be in even better shape.”

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