Reed praises Coops’ reinforcements despite defeat at Braintree

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 October 2018

Old Cooperians players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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St Mary’s Lane outfit were without a number of players for away defeat

Pat Reed praised those who stepped in for Old Cooperians on Saturday following a 45-21 loss at Braintree in London Three Essex.

The St Mary’s Lane club were chasing a third straight league success, but were missing a number of first-team players.

It led to Coops have to field some club stalwarts to ensure they could name a XV to face Braintree and not forfeit the fixture.

And head coach Reed was grateful to those who stepped into the breach for the St Mary’s Lane club at the weekend.

“We were without a lot of players for a variety of reasons last week and we were struggling for numbers at times, but thankfully we were able to get a team out,” he said.

“Some of the old guard stepped in, which we’re thankful for and it was good to sse the likes of our chairman Ian Milroy and Sean Kavanagh back playing for the first team.

“I felt we were unfortunate not to get the try bonus point as we had chances, but just couldn’t get over the line for a fourth try.

“We’re disappointed to lose, but we’ll take it with a pinch of salt because we were without so many players.”

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