London Two North East: Jordan Wigham calls on Romford & Gidea Park to make the most of Rochford Hundred experience
PUBLISHED: 12:31 16 February 2018
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The Crow Lane club travel to the leaders knowing it will be tough against a side with plenty of players who have previously played in the National League
Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham is well aware of the task in front of his players this weekend.
The Crow Lane club visit the London Two North East leaders Rochford Hundred on Saturday knowing anything other than a defeat would be a remarkable result.
Hundred are top with 80 points from their 16 games having won all 16 fixtures in the division this season.
Wigham, when asked why Rochford are so far ahead of the rest, said: “They have a squad full of players that have played at National League level.
“Most of them are two or three levels below where they should be and the majority of them guys played together at Southend Saxons during the last few seasons competing in the National League Three South.
“So, we don’t expect much out of Saturday other than a game of rugby. We will go to them, throw the ball about, enjoy it and then refocus next week of the more important matters ahead.”
Although Romford are not expecting a lot from this weekend’s game, Wigham does want his players to enjoy the prospect of facing opponents who have played at a much higher level.
He added: “It will be a difficult day, but it’s an opportunity for some of our guys to step up and try get some learning from a senior game.
“I see this as a fixture with no relevance to us or even Rochford apart from them trying to tally the points for up.
“We will go there and set our stall out and we will see where we can create and try to play some rugby.”
Saturday’s game will be Park’s first since February 3 when they earned a credible 29-29 draw at home to high-flying Wanstead.
Wigham and Steve Barfoot’s team were set to visit Campion, of the London Three Essex, last weekend in the last-four of the Essex Intermediate Cup.
Unfortunately, no derby encounter took place at Cottons Park because the hosts were unable to field a team.
It left Wigham reflecting on the tough state rugby finds itself in, he said: “It’s difficult at the moment for everyone in terms of raising enough players, but you should be able to raise a team for a cup semi-final. We were looking forward to an intense game.
“We trained extremely well during the week and prepared well, so to not play against our local rival, and it would have been my first game against Campion, was a bit of a disappointment and especially with it being a semi final as well.”
Romford will look to take out some of their anger at Rochford, but an extremely hard afternoon is expected.