December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
London Div 3NE: Campion 8 Old Cooperians 15
Old Cooperians claimed a memorable derby win over fierce rivals Campion at Cottons Park.
Both sides had gained promotion from Essex Division One last season, with Campion winning both derby meetings on their way to the title, before Cooperians won a play-off to join them in the higher level.
Buoyed by the first win in the London League, at Old Brentwoods a week earlier, Cooperians were first on the scoreboard when Kolade Awobowale raced clear from his own 22 after a quick tap penalty by Scott Sarson to touch down under the posts.
Andy Dennis added the conversion before Coopers saw Luke Taylor sin-binned and Campion slotted a penalty.
And the visitors put themselves 12-3 up at the interval when Patrick Reed forced his way after good work from the forwards, only for Dennis to see his conversion attempt hit an upright.
Cooperians saw flanker Ben Pryer dismissed on 50 minutes but scrum-half Jack Portsmouth shone and Sarson landed a drop goal to extend the gap to 12 points.
Jack Bryan was yellow-carded for handling in a ruck to reduce Cooperians to 13 men and Campion made them pay with a try in the corner.
But the home side could not make any further inroads as Cooperians, led by captain and hooker John Woodhall, produced some stout defence to preserve their lead.
Divisional rivals Upminster saw a half-time lead disappear as they slipped to defeat at Wisbech.
The visitors went into the break with a 10-3 advantage, but saw Wisbech hit back after the restart to run out 42-27 winners.
David Langley was named Upminster’s man of the match.
Meanwhile, in London One North there was a comfortable 38-12 win for Romford & Gidea Park over Woodford at Crow Lane.
Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.