Millwall stay top and defeat rivals

PUBLISHED: 16:17 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

MILLWALL rugby club remain on course for the Essex Division Two title after overcoming championship rivals Old Cooperians 32-24 in a crunch clash on Saturday. The match brought together the league s only two unbeaten sides and Millwall s tight victory has

MILLWALL rugby club remain on course for the Essex Division Two title after overcoming championship rivals Old Cooperians 32-24 in a crunch clash on Saturday.

The match brought together the league's only two unbeaten sides and Millwall's tight victory has put the Isle of Dogs club two points clear at the top of the table with five wins from five games.

Millwall forward Tan Parsons said: "It was always going to be a close game and at times it got a bit scrappy because neither side wanted to give anything away.

"But we are delighted to have the win under our belts. We have some talent in this squad now and there is more to come from Millwall - we have not peaked yet this season.

"We have some new players at the club and pressure for places can only be a good thing for the side."

Both teams began the match tentatively, advancing their scores with penalties until Millwall made a vital breakthrough when fly-half Dom Sutherland sent a fizzing long pass to full-back Sam Robinson, who fed an easy scoring pass to winger Roberto Pescador.

But Old Coops took their chances and made the best of a fortuitous moment when a promising Millwall attack broke down. They gathered up the ball in their own 22 and began a move that stretched the length of the field before touching down in the corner.

But Millwall hit back when winger Naz Mohammed, who had a storming game on his club debut, touched down in the corner just before the half-time break.

With Cooperians holding an 18-16 lead in the second half, the match appeared evenly poised, but the power of Millwall's forwards began to tell, with number eight Ray Walker and second row Gerrie van Eeden making inroads.

A clever kick from replacement full-back Gareth Williams set up Mohammed's second try, giving Millwall an unassailable eight-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Millwall host Runwell Wyverns on Saturday.

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