Cooper: Crocs to match results to performance

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Old Crossleyans director of rugby Howard Cooper was reasonably content with the performance if not the result after the Broomfield side were edged out 24-19 at Pocklington last weekend.

Crocs, who beat Huddersfield YMCA in their North East One opener, paid the price for having two players - skipper Ryan Hammond and forward Tony Oxley - in the sin bin at the same time for technical offences during a nip and tuck first half.

Neil Spence’s players withstood their hosts’ initial barrage, but Cooper felt the effort told after the break.

“We just got pipped in the end,” said Cooper, whose side host Sheffield tomorrow.

“We played very well, because I think they are a side who will be there at the end of the season; they’re a well organised side who have developed over a number of years.

“We had the two guys sin binned within five minutes of each other and although we held them out, which was a tremendous effort, I think it told on us late on.

“We were 16-15 in front at one point in the second half, but they just got away from us in the end.”

Cooper described Sheffield as a “big club”, but Crocs will go into the game optimistic about their own prospects.

“They lost at Pocklington by a similar margin to us, so I think we’re evenly matched,” said Cooper.

“I am confident we can in a good performance and get a result.”

Crocs could have their former player coach Chris Jones, absent last week, available again, along with Billy Hammond.

“We’ve had players missing, but still performed,” said Cooper.

“I think it shows we’ve got more strength in depth this season.”