Rugby Union: Head coach Pat Reed knows Old Cooperians must beat Chelmsford to have any chance of staying in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 April 2018

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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St Mary’s Lane club 10 points adrift of safety with maximum of 15 left to play for

Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed knows the team have reached a critical stage in the London Two North East season ahead of hosting Chelmsford on Saturday.

The St Mary’s Lane club head into the weekend propping up the standards and are 10 points adrift of safety.

Coops do, however, have a game in hand over their relegation rivals, meaning they have a maximum of 15 points left to play for.

A defeat this weekend, though, could see the Upminster-based club relegated back to London Three level for next season.

And Reed is fully aware that Coops will likely have to win all three of their remaining matches this term if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop.

“We’re at a stage now where we probably need three wins to stay up, and probably bonus-point wins if other results go against us,” he said.

“It sounds like a tough ask, but I still honestly believe we have the quality in the squad to do it.

“Chelmsford have been in good form over the last couple of months so it will be tough, but we’ll be as confident as ever about our chances.”

Coops head into the crucial game having lost three of their last four matches in the division.

Reed hopes the St Mary’s Lane club can stop the rot this weekend, but knows their recent results will make it difficult.

“Much like winning is a habit, losing is also a habit and unfortunately it’s one we’re in at the moment,” he added.

“We’re in a position where we’re finding it tough to win games in the league at the moment.

“We just have to get on with the task at hand, get the season over with, see where we are and reassess ahead of next season.”

Coops were last in action two weeks ago when they went down 26-10 away to Norwich.

And Reed was left to lament another game in which he felt the St Mary’s Lane side could have gotten something out of it.

“It was another one that got away from us. We had chances and possession, but we made two mistakes which Norwich took advantage of in the first half that cost us,” he said.

“The score suggests Norwich may have been dominant in the game, but that wasn’t the case and I thought we played well in the match.”

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