OLs limber up for their own play-off challenge

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The town’s leading soccer and rugby clubs are both involved in promotion play-off games this week.

Rugby Town’s highly successful season sees them vying for promotion to the Southern League Premier Division through the play-offs, after finishing in second place in the regular season; and across town, Old Laurentians are aiming for the same goal as they go for promotion to Midlands One.

Whereas Town have to go through both a semi-final and final if they are to be successful, OLs are involved in a straight shoot out when they entertain Moseley Oak at Fenley Field in Bilton this Saturday afternoon. The Birmingham side finished the season in second place in the northern division of Midlands 2 West and the clubs will be competing for the one remaining place in Midlands One West.

Moseley Oak are the amateur club associated with Moseley RFC, for long one of England’s leading clubs and these days competing in the Championship, rugby’s second tier. Saturday’s meeting will be the first ever between the clubs after Oak narrowly beat Wolverhampton to second place in the final round of league matches last weekend.

OLs superior playing record over the league season has earned them home advantage for this vital match and the chance to play a major game on their own pitch and before a home crowd for the first time this season. The Fenley Field side had to travel away for both the semi-final and final of the Intermediate Cup and intend to make the most of this opportunity.

A large crowd is expected for what promises to be a great game between two sides dedicated to running rugby as OLs go all out for promotion back to Midlands One, where they last played three years ago. Two bars will be open all afternoon and a continuous barbecue from 1.30 onwards. Kick off is at 3.00pm and entry will be just £3.00 for adults, including a match programme, and £1.00 for under 18s.