Coplestonians FC

Coplestonians FC

The first team’s Bob Coleman Cup semi-final was a bit of a non event for Cops as they rarely troubled the home side in a 3-0 defeat.
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There were no complaints about the result as Henley proved themselves to be the superior outfit on the day. Upon reflection the extreme crosswind probably suited the technically gifted home players and seemed to completely annul Cops main weapon of quick counter attacks. After conceding an own goal, Cops did have a couple of promising moves but an injury to their leading scorer, Jamie Eaton-Collins, who had scored in our two previous games against Henley this season, reduced our chances further.
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We finished the game with five under 18 players on the pitch and did in fact improve in the second half but the nearest we got was a Yani Duka header over the bar and a blocked shot from Lewis Owen.
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So, congratulations to Henley who go on to meet Crane Sports in the final. After the exodus of players prior to the start of this season it is great credit to the Cops management team that we sit comfortably in the league and have reached a semi-final, which is perhaps much better than we could have hoped for back in August.
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A highlight of the day was Referee Mr Kitson receiving a birthday cake, a joint gift from Scoop and the Hat so neither side could be accused of bribery! As a mark of respect to my fellow Tyke, I barely mentioned Hull FC’s six try thrashing of Leeds Rhinos - a rare moment of joy on the day.
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Further down the road at Mendlesham, Cops Reserves overcame the home side 3-2 in another wind affected encounter. Goals for Jamie Sandilands, Jamie Smith and Liam Stevens gave Cops a much needed victory. Without a keeper, young defender Brad Pack stepped up to don the gloves and the management were grateful for this unselfish gesture. Trimley look to have the A league title wrapped up but there is a very competitive race for second spot.
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One Cops team that did reach a Cup Final on Saturday was our U12 side, managed by the King brothers, Olly and Charlie. In a very tight match against Brantham a goal with seconds remaining gave them a great 1-0 win.
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All our matches were badly affected by the strong winds on Saturday and Sunday with more blustery weather forecast mid-week. For me, there is nothing worse to spoil a match and here’s hoping next weekend will be better.
Cops visit Grundisburgh in the Senior Division and will hope to get back on track. The first game at Greshams this season saw the former big hitters put in a good performance but better finishing on the day saw Cops run out 3-1 winners with goals from Duka, Eaton-Collins and Smith.
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The Reserves take a rest whilst the A Team host AFC Kesgrave Reserves at Gainsborough Sport Centre. Matches kick off at 2.30pm.
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Forza Cops
Scoop
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12 2019 by Tony Robinson

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