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Reed delighted with Old Cooperians rewards

13:00 16 February 2017

Old Cooperians prepare for a line-out at Ipswich

Old Cooperians prepare for a line-out at Ipswich

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Player-coach reflects on win at Ipswich

Old Cooperians player-coach Pat Reed was delighted to see his side bounce back from successive defeats to win at London Two North East rivals Ipswich.

The Upminster club had lost at Norwich and at home to Diss in their previous two outings in January, but a first-half hat-trick from Kolade Awobowale helped them on their way to a 25-17 sucecss at Humber Doucy Lane.

And Reed felt it was no more than they deserved, on a bitterly cold day in Suffolk, from a match played in snowy conditions.

He said: “We played the conditions well. We had a chat at the start and talked about controlling the game from start to finish and our game management, which hasn’t been the best the last few weeks with us not getting the results, was outstanding.

“We managed to get our noses in front and stay in front. When we had to score and had to defend, we did.

“In particular, the game management certainly when we were in our own 22, the resilience to keep them out four or five times from five metres out was just outstanding.”

Awobowale ran in from Tom Morgan’s pass to open the scoring against the run of play, but Ipswich levelled with a try of their own in the right corner.

A grubber kick from captain Harry Fayers was grounded by Awobowale for his second score, before Fayers ran through the home defence and set up his winger for a third try to make it 17-5.

Reed added: “The first 20-30 minutes of the game we probably entered their half three times and we come out with three scores, so we were over the moon with how clinical we were.

“They’re the tries that in previous weeks we haven’t put away, hence the results not going our way so it was good to see them finally going in.

“Kolade’s an outstanding finisher and I’ve said before we’re a different team when we’ve got him out wide because he is such a threat.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got the backs inside him to provide him with decent ball to put the scores away.”

Ipswich hit back with a try in the left corner before half-time, but Nathaniel John put Craig Ratford over from close range to make it 22-10.

And after the home side gave themselves late hope with a third try, which was converted, Ratford slotted a penalty to clinch victory for Cooperians.

Reed said: “I think we started to tire and as we started to tire they thought they could get a foothold in the game.

“But when you get stopped from five metres out three or four times, it really does take a lot out of you. That really finished them off and putting the kick over with 10 minutes to go, putting us eight points ahead, finished them.”

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