AFC Ludlow manager Dave Cooper remains optimistic after 4-2 home defeat against Worcester Raiders (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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AFC Ludlow manager Dave Cooper remains optimistic after 4-2 home defeat against Worcester Raiders in West Midlands League Division Two
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MANAGER Dave Cooper remains optimistic about AFC Ludlow’s chances after a remarkable afternoon at the Showtime Stadium.
Cooper admits Worcester Raiders deserved to shatter Ludlow’s unbeaten record in a match which saw Gavin Podmore red-carded and an uncontested goal.
Ludlow were trailing 2-1 in the West Midlands League Division Two match when, after a stoppage in action, the referee restarted play with a dropped ball.
“Luke Hicks swung his foot at the ball and it sailed over their goalkeeper and into the back of the net,” explain Cooper.
“I had only seen that happen on television and the Worcester goalkeeper went mad.
“The referee had to award the goal but I don’t think Luke meant to score.
“We then allowed their striker to walk the ball into the net, at the other end, from the kick off.”
Despite a first-half goal from Jamie Hammonds, Ludlow trailed 2-1 at the interval.
Ludlow were 3-2 down when Podmore was dismissed for hand-ball on the goal-line.
Raiders netted from the penalty spot.
Ludlow had beaten Raiders 7-2 earlier in the season.
“Their front-lad terrorised our defence and was one of the best strikers I have seen locally,”
“It was a horrible feeling to lose but I am still optimistic about our chances. This defeat might be the kick up the backside we need.”
Ludlow have a tough trip this Saturday to FC Stafford against whom they drew 1-1 last month.
Cooper added: “Stafford battered us a few weeks ago so it will be a hard game.”
Meanwhile, AFC Ludlow will host higher-g raded Market Drayton Town in the TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup second round