Ivybridge coach Paterson hoping to overcome calf injury to face former club

Lewis Paterson try Ivybridge v Salisbury

IVYBRIDGE player-coach Lewis Paterson is hoping he will be fit to face his former club Launceston at Polson Bridge this coming weekend.

Paterson picked up a calf injury during his side’s 32-15 win over Salisbury on Saturday.

He was forced off in the 50th minute after scoring a try as Ivybridge made it two wins out of two in National Three South West.

“I did it in the first half,” admitted Paterson. “It was really, really sore. I thought I would run it off, but it did not seem to ease up.  It is a long old season so I came off.

“You don’t need to push it, especially when we have really good depth. Lewis Barnaby came on. He’s only 18 and a very, very good player. It’s really good to see young lads coming through and holding their own against a very good side.”

But Paterson really wants to be fit to play against Launceston.

“I definitely do,” he said. “I’m just going to rest well this week.

“We also have to look at Dom Loomes’ injury as well. He’s a massive player to lose, but full credit to the side. You lose a player of Loomes’ calibre but you still maintain the pressure and performance. That just shows the depth we’ve got.”

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