Hallahan admits Campion players may be rested for cup tie
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 October 2018
Cottons Park club beat Ilford Wanderers 13-5 in London Three Essex last weekend
Pat Hallahan says Campion’s Essex Intermediate Cup tie with Harlow on Saturday’s offers the London Three Essex team a chance to rest a few players.
The Cottons Park outfit take a break from their league campaign this weekend, with attentions turned to the cup competition.
Against Harlow, who play a tier higher in Two North East, there will be little pressure on Campion to get a result.
The Cottons Park club are then back in league action the following Saturday when they entertain Millwall.
And to ensure his team are in the best possible shape for that fixture, head coach Hallahan hinted there may be some rotation for the cup tie with Harlow.
“We have a few injuries in the squad, so the cup game offers us a chance to rest some of those players,” said Hallahan.
“Even those with little injuries, it’s a chance to rest them rather than play them and risk making it worse.”
Campion head into the cup tie having won 13-5 at Ilford Wanderers in the league last Saturday.
Charlie Baker scored the only try for the Cottons Park club in the success, with Matt Meehan adding the remainder of the points from the tee.
The victory saw Campion achieve consecutive wins for the first time this term, much to the delight of Hallahan.
“We’re pleased to get back-to-back wins as that’s not something we’ve seen much of in recent seasons and the players might not know how much momentum that brings,” he added.
“The weather played a huge part and made it difficult for both teams, but when we look back in a few months’ time, we’ll see a victory rather than the performance.”
Baker’s try saw him lead by example, with the skipper scoring the solitary try for Campion in their win last weekend.
And Hallahan expressed his delight at how the forward is growing into the role.
“Charlie has been playing well all season. He’s a likeable lad and a good choice in terms of what we wanted,” he said. “He’s still learning things about the role, but he’s great for team spirit and people would run through brick walls for him.”