December 18 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
London Div 3NE: Campion 8 Old Cooperians 15
Old Cooperians claimed a memorable derby win against fierce rivals Campion in London Three North East at Cottons Park.
Tries from Kolaade Awobowale and Pat Reed proved the difference in a penalty-littered contest, which saw Ben Pryer sent off.
And captain John Woodhall admitted the victory felt great, saying: “We’re chuffed with the result. It was fully deserved as we dominated all over the paddock.
“The lineout and scrum were faultless and the backs were firing on all cylinders.
“We’ve waited a long time to beat Campion. After putting pressure on their driving maul and scrum, alongside some stout defence and inspirational play from the backs, we were pretty hard to break down and always looked like we could score.
“We really feel this has given our season a kick-start. Everyone at the club is looking onwards and upwards.”
Cooperians were forced to defend from the start and held firm at the lineout before Scott Sarson’s quick tap released Awobowale to sprint from his own 22 and score under the posts, with Andy Dennis adding the conversion.
Coopers number eight Bobby Bird suffered a head injury midway through the half and replaced by Reed, but Luke Taylor received a yellow card and Rory Crisp slotted a penalty for the hosts.
Prop Josh Wardley replaced Bill Wyatt before the break and Coopers extended their lead when Reed forced his way over from close range.
Dennis saw his conversion hit a post as the visitors turned around with a 12-3 advantage.
Jack Bryan came off the bench early in the second half after Joe Woodhall pulled a calf muscle, but Coopers were reduced to 14 men on 50 minutes when Pryer was dismissed.
Scrum-half Jack Portsmouth impressed with his handling and distribution, though, and Sarson’s drop goal opened up a 12-point gap.
Campion came back and put heavy pressure on the Coopers line, before Bryan was sin-binned for handling at a ruck.
The home side took advantage to send James Jenkins over in the corner, but the conversion attempt was missed and Campion could not make any further inroads as Coopers celebrated.
Campion coach Paul Larner said: “We were outfought and Coopers deserved their victory, but the game turned on a controversial decision in the first half from which they scored and went 7-0 up.
“We were no good enough in the second half when we had chances and did not take them until it was too late.
“It’s disappointing, but we need to pick ourselves up and get a win at Old Brentwoods to get back on track.”