AFC Ludlow boss Dave Cooper urges players to work harder after 0-0 draw at Wrens Nest in West Midlands League Division Two (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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AFC Ludlow boss Dave Cooper urges players to work harder after 0-0 draw at Wrens Nest in West Midlands League Division Two
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AFC LUDLOW manager Dave Cooper has urged his players to roll up their sleeves after keeping their unbeaten run intact.
Goalkeeper Cooper says most of his side were poor at Wrens Nest - and revealed it was his hardest league game in 10 years.
Aaron Hodge was red-carded for Ludlow, who held on for a point on a tough afternoon for the West Midlands League Division Two newcomers.
Ludlow are not in action this Saturday because the Showtime Stadium’s facilities have been booked up for a live event.
Cooper said: “Wrens Nest are a decent outfit - but there seemed to be a number of our lads who didn’t fancy it on Saturday.
“They battered us - and there are only four lads - including me - who can come out of the game with any credit. That was the hardest game that I’ve played in for about 10 years. We had scored 12 goals in our previous two games but we didn’t have a shot on target in this one.
“We could be there today and we still would not have scored.
“Wrens Nest will be distraught and wondering how they didn’t win the game. After I eventually calmed down, I realised it was a point gained for us and two points lost for them.”
Rob Vass limped off with a groin strain and Aaron Hodge was dismissed midway through the second-half after two bookings.
“I thought Aaron was unlucky to pick up his second booking,”
said Cooper, “And it was hard going even before we were down to 10 men. We know that the likes of Wrens Nest will be strong at home but we need to turn up to these matches with the right mental attitude.”
Ludlow have been drawn at home to Market Drayton Town or Telford Juniors in the Shropshire FA TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup first round on October 31.
And Ludlow were scheduled to host Sikh Hunters in the league this weekend but they cannot use the facilities.
“We asked Sikh Hunters if we could play them in midweek and we have contacted the league about it,” said Cooper.
“We definitely can’t play at Ludlow on Saturday because the facilities have been booked for live music.”