Barfoot: Park still positive despite facing Eton Manor
12:30 20 February 2015
Crow Lane outfit lost 26-10 to Chingford last weekend
Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot is expecting another stern test tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit Eton Manor, but believes Colchester are the strongest side in the London One North.
Grant Henwood’s team go to New Wilderness to face a team that has won 18 times out of a possible 19 and sit second in the table.
Manor trail Colchester by two points, though, and Barfoot believes Park will be facing the second best team in the league this weekend, not the best.
He said: “Hopefully we can rattle them and we can get in their faces early on.
“Personally I think Colchester are better. Their basic skills are better, but Eton Manor are fighters and they battle for everything.
“We need to go out there and do our best to keep the atmosphere going because it is good at the moment. Even though we are losing, everyone is enjoying it and we are hoping our form can turn when we face Woodford next week on February 28.”
Park suffered another loss last weekend as their postponed match with Chingford was rearranged.
They fell to a 26-12 defeat, but Barfoot took plenty of positives from the performance.
He felt the Crow Lane outfit could have potentially won the game had they started as strongly as they finished at Lea Valley Park.
Barfoot added: “The pitch was a bit rubbish, but that is to be expected with Chingford.
“It was a good performance. We had a weakened team, but so did they, but it made for a good game of rugby between us. I felt it was a game we could have won had we started like we finished the match.”
Chingford were 19-0 ahead at one point, before George Robertson crossed over just before half time.
The hosts scored another try midway through the second period, but Park had the last say with Barfoot going over in the last play of the game.
“It was the last play of the game and it is nice to score, but it doesn’t really matter who gets it,” he said.
“It was good to finish with a try and it was a good bit of play. The scrum was good all day really, but we couldn’t make the most of it.”