London Two North East: Jordan Wigham delighted with Romford & Gidea Park after massive performance earns derby day success over Old Cooperians
PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 November 2017
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Crow Lane club came into the game off the back of heavy defeats to Wanstead and Rochford Hundred, but they responded in fine fashion last weekend
Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham praised his players after watching them defeat Old Cooperians 30-10 in the London One North last weekend.
The Crow Lane club had lost their previous two matches, but bounced back against their local rivals to move up to seventh.
Wigham said: “All in all it was a massive performance from the boys. We dominated in set-pieces and found a lot of opportunities to score from some dominate play.
“We was extremely physical and that raised our game to a tempo and work rate that Coopers struggled to find answers for.
“It was a massively dominate display from the front row and where they had pure dominance in the area, it gave us a great platform.
“The returning Jack Lord put in a fantastic performance to be man of the match and back row Dwayne Lyn seemed to be everywhere.”
Park now travel up to Norwich this weekend expecting a tough test against the East Anglia side, but Wigham is confident.
He added: “They have had a good start to the season and an easier start because they have not had to play Rochford Hundred or Sudbury.
“When they come up against Wanstead they struggled and we know what we could have done better to beat Wanstead, but we know we need a good platform and good physicality to beat Norwich in their own back yard.”
Romford’s cause will not be helped by a number of absentees, but their head coach believes it could prove to be a positive.
“With a lot of changes from last week, we welcome in some guys looking to make a shout for a regular spot,” said Wigham.
“This is a massive opportunity for them to step up and make a claim for a shirt and the boys know we need to find some form on the road.
“We know we need to go there with the right mind set and go and battle for the win. We have a tendency to start really well and have a lapse in concentration, so we must make sure we start and carry on all the way throughout the game.
“With the weather likely to be wet, we are expecting a massive battle up front and the game to be a forward dominated contest, so it is down to who takes their chances and who makes the less errors and whoever does will win this game.”