Cooper hoping to reignite promotion chances at Brickfields
PLYMOUTH Albion's Ladies reckon they can reignite their promotion campaign if they defeat visitors Reading today.
Albion, who are playing the Berkshire team at Brickfields (5pm), are in fourth place in Championship South West Two.
That is effectively slumming it for Albion, who reached the Championship South One promotion play-offs last season, only to lose their last game.
However, Albion player-spokeswoman Alison Cooper believes it is not impossible for the city side to snatch top spot again this season and have another crack at the play-offs.
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She said: "I think today's game is important, because just before Christmas we had a match postponed and the two before that were losses.
"Both the losses were quite close and it gave us a bit more confidence to move on for the rest of the season."
Albion's two defeats were against the teams occupying the division's top two slots – Henley and Bristol II.
But Cooper pointed out that Albion have games in hand on their rivals.
She said: "Bristol have more money than us and have got some new players in from Bath.
"Henley came down this season and both teams are big contenders – they drew with each other when they met.
"I think it is (promotion) is a bit out of our hands even if we win all our other matches, but we are optimistic we can still do well because we have a game or two in hand over the top three."
The women kick off against Reading after Albion men's game against Rotherham.
The city side put together three consecutive league wins this season and were top of the division before gaining losing bonus points against the Hawks and Bristol II.
Cooper made it clear Albion did not regard Reading as a pushover, despite winning their last four encounters against the Berkshire side following a narrow loss the previous season. Albion won 22-5 at Reading this season, but Cooper insisted: "The tie is always a highly contested one."
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