Wigham thrilled with Park’s character after hard-fought win during North Sea storm

PUBLISHED: 17:47 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 10 October 2018

Romford & Gidea Park's Ross Inwood tackles a Harlow opponent (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park's Ross Inwood tackles a Harlow opponent (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The conditions in Southwold on Saturday made life difficult for both London Two North East teams

Jordan Wigham hailed Romford & Gidea Park’s character after a difficult encounter at Southwold in the London Two North East on Saturday in terrible conditions.

The long trip to Suffolk was made even worse by the torrential rain and heavy wind blowing in from the North Sea.

Despite this, plus the fact the hosts took an early lead, Romford fought back and secured a superb 17-10 victory with tries from Billy Nelson and Tyler Ford.

Head coach Wigham said: “It was a great trip home obviously made even better by the fact we secured a hard-fought win.

“We were down at half time, but come out with more structure and then we lost Ian Semain to a red, so we had to show real character to win the game from there.

“It’s a very tough place to go to with a small pitch on top of the coast and backed by what seemed like a very big following.

“The weather was atrocious on the day and it’s a place teams will not enjoy visiting and plenty will go there and fail to win.”

Romford managed to triumph with Jack MacVeigh adding two conversions and Ross Inwood scoring a first-half penalty to add to Nelson and Ford tries.

The only negative from the day was Semain’s sending off, but Wigham is hopeful he will not be absent for too long.

He said: “It was a difficult one because Southwold’s number 10 was under pressure and moving back at a rate where he panicked and the tackle which went in lifted just above the horizontal.

“We are hoping Ian isn’t out for too long out, but we have players in the squad to step up.”

Semain could now miss Park’s RFU Intermediate Cup fixture at home to Beckenham on Saturday.

The first round tie will kick-off at 2pm at Crow Lane and Wigham explained Romford’s approach for the competition after a bruising few weeks.

London Two South East side Beckenham are unbeaten after five games having won four and drawn the other game, Park’s head coach added: “They are top of their respective league, so it will be a good challenge and one we are looking forward to.

“We are using the competition and in particular this game as a chance to keep the whole squad working. Of course we are going to push and see where it takes us, but cup rugby is different from the league and a welcome change, especially with it being at home.”


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