Rugby Union: Old Cooperians and Romford must wait for derby in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 March 2018

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Havering rivals had been due to meet on Saturday, but game fell foul of weather for second time this month

Old Cooperians and Romford will have wait for the second instalment of the Havering derby in London Two North East after the game was postponed for the second time this month.

The match was initially scheduled for March 3, but the original ‘Beast from the East’ put paid to those plans.

The derby was rearranged for the weekend, but the ‘Beast from the East II’ caused more disruption to the fixture list.

Coops’ game against Romford fell foul of the weather, and head coach Pat Reed explained why.

“We were disappointed the game did not go ahead as we were happy to play and the referee was happy with the pitch, but close to kick-off, Romford felt the temperature had dropped again and playing would put their players’ safety at risk,” he said.

“We were disappointed the match didn’t go ahead, but we still kept our boys ticking over with a bit of a runaround before watching the England v Ireland game in the Six Nations.

“Me and the other coaches had been at the ground from 11.30am working hard to ensure the game could go ahead and we kept Romford in the loop throughout the day.

“We put our best efforts in to ensure the game could go ahead, so it was disappointing it couldn’t so close to kick off.”

At the time of writing, no new date has been set for the fixture.


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