Warwickshire Bears’ women’s side fell at the final hurdle in their bid to win Division Three of the British League at the first attempt.
A 54-13 defeat to Bristol Bisons in the second game of their weekend double-header signalled the end of their title challenge but coach Tom Masterson was delighted with how they acquitted themselves in their debut season.
“The ladies have done fantastically this season for their first time playing in the women’s league,” said Masterson.
“Some of them have only been playing for a short amount of time and they have all gone far and above any expectations I had set for them.
“With a few more players we will have a great side.
“We need to actively go and find some new players to add to our team, plus keep improving over the summer and come back bigger and stronger and try and win it next year.”
Thirteen points from Sharleen Honey helped Bears to a hard-fought 31-23 success over Angels of the North 3 on Saturday.
However, Sunday’s encounter with Bisons proved a game too far.
With only five available players, two of whom were carrying injuries from the previous day, Bears struggled to cope with the hard pressing game of the league leaders, running out of steam in the final quarter as Bisons racked up 20 points.