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Old Cooperians ready for trip to old foes Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 October 2018

Old Cooperians face the camera (pic: Dave Kemp)

Old Cooperians face the camera (pic: Dave Kemp)

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St Mary's Lane outfit lost 45-21 at home to Braintree last Saturday

Pat Reed believes Old Cooperians’ recent games with Chelmsford could provide positives and negatives as the sides prepare to meet again in London Three Essex on Saturday.

Last term saw both the St Mary’s Lane club and Chelmsford suffered the agony of relegation from London Two North East.

Along with eaders Epping Upper Clapton, Coops are one of just two sides currently in London Three Essex to have faced Chelmsford last term.

That should offer the St Mary’s Lane club a greater insight into what to expect ahead of their trip to Chelmsford on Saturday.

Head coach Reed accepts that is a positive, but also admits those meetings last term mean Chelmsford know all about Coops’ strengths and weaknesses too.

“We’ve played Chelmsford a few times in recent seasons so we know enough about them, but they also know enough about us,” said Coops head coach Reed.

“Like every game in this league this season, I think it will all come down to who has the best XV available on the day.

“It would be nice to get the win heading into the break from league action, but our priority is to enjoy the game.

“If we’re happy with how we’ve played and come off the pitch having played enjoyable rugby, but don’t win, then so be it.”

Coops head for Chelmsford after being beaten 45-21 at home to Braintree last Saturday.

A number of first-team absentees saw the St Mary’s Lane side have to field the likes of chairman Ian Milroy and club stalwart Sean Kavanagh.

Jason Ox crossed for a hat-trick of tries in the defeat, but Coops narrowly missed out on a bonus point.

It was brave effort from the St Mary’s Lane club without so many first-team players, and Reed took the chance to draw the positives from the loss.

“The Braintree game was a fixture that, crucially, we were able to fulfil and not concede,” added the Coops head coach.

“We did play some good rugby at points and competed with a good Braintree side for period of the game.”

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