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Reed: Old Coops relishing long cup trip to West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 November 2018

Action from East London's meeting with Old Cooperians (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from East London's meeting with Old Cooperians (pic Tim Edwards)

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St Mary’s Lane club lost 32-10 at East London in London Three Essex last weekend

Pat Reed says Old Cooperians are relishing, not fearing, a lengthy trip to West Norfolk in the second round of the RFU Senior Vase on Saturday.

The St Mary’s Lane club face a round-trip of over 200 miles for Saturday’s game and could spend almost six hours on the road.

For any team, that amount of travel could be a daunting prospect, but Reed hinted Coops may in fact be looking forward to the journey to West Norfolk.

“Obviously it’s not that ideal to have to travel that far for a match, but we really enjoy the long trips as a club.

“It being another weekend with some big Test matches, it does make it tough with regards to availability, but the mileage won’t be an issue.

“There are no set targets for the cup competition, nothing like saying ‘it would be a disaster if we don’t reach a certain stage’.

“That said, we’re in the regional semi-finals if we win at West Norfolk which would be a nice thing to reflect on. We have to approach it like we would any other game.”

Last weekend saw Coops suffer a first defeat in three league matches as they went down 32-10 at East London.

Matt Holland scored the solitary try for the St Mary’s Lane outfit at East London, with Tony Bly adding the remaining points from the tee.

And Reed believes there were positives for Coops to take from the game despite the end result.

“We played well in parts, but there are things we are aware we need to work on,” he added.

“It was one of those Saturdays where it wasn’t meant to be unfortunately.

“I think the league has been split into three parts now and though it’s not out of the question for us to finish fourth, the loss at East London certainly made it tougher.

“We can still finish in the top four if we’re able to get something close to our first XV out every week, but we know we face an uphill struggle.”

Coops will hope to bounce back this Saturday by getting the win at West Norfolk in the cup.

And if they can triumph, it might be a step on what could turn out to be a fantastic journey for the club.

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