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Old Cooperians aim to pull off cup upset at Harlow

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 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 outfit lost 27-12 at home to London Three Essex leaders Epping Upper Clapton last weekend

Pat Reed says the pressure is all on Old Cooperians’ hosts Harlow ahead of Saturday’s meeting in the quarter-finals of the Essex Intermediate Cup.

The St Mary’s Lane club take a break from London Three Essex action this weekend to instead focus on the next round of the county cup competition.

In making the trip to Harlow, Coops will come up against opposition who play at a tier higher in London Two North East.

However, the teams met as equals in that division last term which head coach Reed suggests would not make a success for the St Mary’s Lane club on Saturday that much of a shock.

“Some might see it as a surprise if we were to win, but we wouldn’t see it as that as we were in the same division as them last season,” he said.

“We’re not concerned about Harlow being in the division above, and I’m sure they won’t take us lightly just because we’re in the league below.

“That said, the pressure is on Harlow this weekend as they are in the higher division.”

Having played in the same division as Harlow last season, Coops may well have a little more knowledge of an opponent from the tier above than they otherwise would for a cup match.

But Reed feels plenty has changed for both teams since they last met in the league last season, with the St Mary’s Lane club losing that fixture in January.

“For most clubs, there is often a lot player turnover in between seasons and from what we’ve heard, Harlow have lost lots of players from last season,” he added.

“That makes it harder to know what to expect, but we’ll have a look at their recent results and see what we can take from it.”

Coops face Harlow having lost 27-12 at home to London Three Essex leaders Epping last weekend.

Jack Portsmouth crossed the whitewash for the St Mary’s Lane club, who were also awarded a penalty try, and Reed was keen to take the plus points from the defeat.

“There are positives for us to build on in training and we’ll continue to approach all games the same, looking to constantly improve,” he said.

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