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London Two North East: Jordan Wigham disappointed with Romford & Gidea Park’s defeat, but full of praise for Epping Upper Clapton defence

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 January 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham at Crow Lane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham at Crow Lane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Crow Lane head coach reflects on the club’s first game of 2018 and why they failed to end their long run without an away league victory

Epping Upper Clapton and Romford & Gidea Park contest a line-out (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). Epping Upper Clapton and Romford & Gidea Park contest a line-out (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham acknowledged the impressive defensive showing by last weekend’s opponents Epping Upper Clapton during their 17-15 loss in the London Two North East.

The Crow Lane club crossed over twice at Upland Road, but had to settle for a losing bonus point in the end.

Epping Upper Clapton made the most of two lapses in concentration from Romford at the start and end of the first half to grab two tries and it proved enough.

Wigham said: “The guys were really upbeat after, but also somewhat disappointed to lose the game.

“For the majority of it we had all of the possession, but it took a monster effort in defence from Upper Clapton to keep us out.

“A few errors in our decision making didn’t help either and ultimately we failed in our attempt to get the win.”

The Park head coach admitted the tries Romford conceded occurred due to a lack of calmness in attack.

Second-row Peter O’Brien managed to keep up his strong form with a try while Jack Irvine went over for a score as well.

But the Crow Lane club were left to reflect on what might have been after falling to another away defeat.

Romford & Gidea Park fly-half Teddie Duke kicks some points at Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). Romford & Gidea Park fly-half Teddie Duke kicks some points at Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Fly-half Teddie Duke did kick a penalty and conversion as Romford picked up their first point on the road.

Steve Barfoot and Wigham’s team have now lost all five of their fixtures away from home this season, but they still sit in the healthy position of sixth with a game in hand.

When reflecting on the tries they conceded last weekend, Park’s head coach said: “It was somewhat down to our own doing.

“It was a lack of composure in attack, a number of unforced errors and Upper Clapton capitalised on this.

“We got ourselves back in the game to score in the corner and we kept knocking on the door with Teddie Duke’s boot, but we came up just short.”

Park will hope to return to winning ways this weekend when they host third-placed Sudbury at Crow Lane.

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