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Barfoot glad for break after suffering demolition derby

15:00 13 March 2015

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot (centre) looks to run at the Brentwood defence (pic: DNR Glover).

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot (centre) looks to run at the Brentwood defence (pic: DNR Glover).

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Romford & Gidea Park and the rest of London One North take a break on Saturday

Romford & Gidea Park Scrum-half Barney Savill unloads to flanker Peter O'Brien against Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover).Romford & Gidea Park Scrum-half Barney Savill unloads to flanker Peter O'Brien against Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover).

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot admitted he was looking forward to resting this weekend after a “bad day at the office” at rivals Brentwood in London One North last Saturday.

Grant Henwood’s team went to the King George’s Playing Fields in positive mood after defeating Woodford 43-5 a week earlier.

But they were given a thrashing by their local rivals, conceding 10 tries to lose 62-0.

Romford & Gidea Park replacement Bamilele Coker makes one of many tackles against Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover).Romford & Gidea Park replacement Bamilele Coker makes one of many tackles against Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover).

After a blank weekend, Park entertain Barking on March 21 and Barfoot is hoping they can get more injured players back for that clash.

He also revealed they will be training as normal despite having no game tomorrow (Saturday).

Romford & Gidea Park's Nick Reid tries to find a way through at Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover)Romford & Gidea Park's Nick Reid tries to find a way through at Brentwood (pic: DNR Glover)

“It wasn’t good last weekend. We got beaten by the better team and just didn’t turn up,” said Barfoot.

“It is good to have the week off again. We can hopefully get a few injured players back and rest up.

“We will come back next week for some serious training.”

The loss to old foes Brentwood disappointed Barfoot.

Henwood’s side were gunning for revenge over their rivals, having lost 19-10 when the sides met at Crow Lane in November.

But Park conceded inside the opening three minutes and were 29-0 down at half time.

“They wanted it more and bullied us,” added Barfoot.

“We were going downhill first half, but we just didn’t perform and I can’t put my finger on why. The whole thing was disappointing and we just weren’t up for it. We cannot do that again – never!”

Park weren’t missing too many of their experienced players - just Matt Jackson was unavailable.

Teddy Duke was among the replacements this week, but Barfoot explained why.

He added: “Teddy was on the bench for a bit of rotation because Paul Webb was on the bench the weekend before so we were just trying a few new things.”

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