Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head coach Craig Ratford reveals new signings Nathan Barham and Daryl Ox will start at Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 October 2017

Nathan Barham, previously of Barking, has joined Old Cooperians (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

Nathan Barham, previously of Barking, has joined Old Cooperians (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

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Coops return to London Two North East action this weekend

Old Cooperians head coach Craig Ratford has revealed two new signings are in line to play for the club on their visit to Ipswich in London Two North East on Saturday.

Coops have welcomed Nathan Barham and Daryl Ox to the club, with both having previously played for local rivals Barking.

The pair are fit and available for selection, and Ratford says the duo will start for the St Mary’s Lane club in Suffolk.

“We’re really looking forward to get back into playing again this weekend,” said the head coach.

“We have two new signings in Nathan and Daryl both starting who have joined the club in the past week.”

Coops will hope to return to winning ways in the league on their trip to Ipswich, having not won of their last three in the competition.

It is a run of form that has seen the St Mary’s Lane club seventh in the table and below local rivals Romford.

Ipswich, meanwhile, have also been in poor form of late, having won just once in the league all season.

That success came at home to struggling Epping on the opening day of the season, but Ratford knows the Suffolk club will be a difficult proposition regardless of form.

“Ipswich away will be tough, but if our attitude is good and we approach the game the right way, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t come away with a win,” he added.

“The boys have trained well this week and hopefully we can take that into Saturday.”

Coops will also head into the game refreshed having not played for two weeks since the loss at home to Sudbury in the league.

The St Mary’s Lane club were scheduled to entertain Cantabrigians in the first round of the London section of the Essex Intermediate Cup.

However, Cantabs withdrew from the cup before the game, handing Coops the win and progress to the next round.

The draw for the second round was made earlier in the week, with Coops set to host local rivals Barking.

The match is due to be played on the weekend of November 18, with plenty of Coops players facing their former club


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