After having their season cut short, Oswestry Rugby Club returned to training for the first time in more than three months at the weekend.

The side was set to play play-off fixtures before the season ended early in March because of the pandemic.

But with restrictions being lifted, the side was able to return to the field to prepare for the upcoming season, which is yet-to-be confirmed.

As well as training, it was also a chance for the club to reflect on the successes of the previous season, with the presentation of awards for players across all senior teams.

The first team players’ player of the season award went to Andrew Smith, while Owen Wear picked up the first team’s player of the year award.

For the second XV, Dave Richardson was awarded the player of the year award, while Tudor Jones won players’ player of the year.

Dan Smart won the contributions award; Gaz Ellis was named as the player with the most appearances and Mike Evans-Jones was the club’s top scorer for the season.

Also winning awards were Connor Crompton, Adam Beattie, Salvatore Domingo, Matt Bithell, John Gibbs, Nikolai Nikolov and Nicola Jebb.

Club president, Martin Ord, was pleased to see the club returning to training after some time away.

He said: “An absolutely outstanding day today at Oswestry Rugby Club.

“More than 45 players turned up for training – that is an amazing achievement, and to have the barbecue and the presentations as well.

“Those who won the awards are so deserving, and I’m just so proud of everything we’ve done today.

“An outstanding day and everyone worked extremely hard.

“A big thank you to everyone involved.”