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Reed excited for Coops' trip to Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 December 2018

Old Cooperians score a try against Millwall in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians score a try against Millwall in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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St Mary's Lane club lost 24-14 at home to Ilford Wanderers last weekend

Pat Reed is looking forward to another tasty clash for Old Cooperians away to Barking in London Three Essex on Saturday.

The sides have already met once this season, with the St Mary’s Lane club running out 38-24 victors at home in September.

There are plenty of links between the two sides, with members of both squads having played for both clubs.

The sides are currently separated by just one point and one place in the table, which points to Saturday’s game being a close affair.

And Coops head coach Reed is excited about the task at hand for his club against Barking this weekend.

“We both know about each other not just because we’re near each other, but also because of the players in both squads who have played for each other,” he said.

“We both have our different styles, so I think it could come down to whoever gets an early foothold in the game.

“Whatever happens, it will be good to see some familiar faces in the Barking squad.

“We’re struggling with availability again, but I’m confident that whatever side we can put out can do a job for us.”

Coops were beaten 24-14 at home to Ilford Wanderers last weekend which extended their losing run in the league to four matches.

The St Mary’s Lane have a chance to end that run heading into the New Year with victory over Barking on Saturday.

A success would certainly set Coops up well for 2019, not least because Reed wants the team to avoid the possibility of a second straight relegation.

“Ideally we want to be looking up the table rather than over our shoulders and a win this weekend can help us do that,” he added.

“Because of the uncertainty as to who might go down from our division and London Three Eastern Counties, we might have to finish as high as sixth just to be safe.

“That means we can’t just be looking over our shoulders, we have to be looking to bridge the gap to those above us in the New Year.”

Coops will be looking to end what has been a testing year at times on a high by getting the better of Barking.

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