London Two North East: Jordan Wigham hails Romford & Gidea Park’s commitment after Epping Upper Clapton win
PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 28 September 2017
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Head coach talks up performance of youngster and defensive display after restricting their opponents to no points
Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham praised the performance of Archie Duke after he impressed during their 22-0 win at home to Epping Upper Clapton in the London Two North East last weekend.
The Crow Lane club bounced back to move up to fifth after losing 35-15 at Harlow on September 16.
Wigham admitted it was great to see the team respond positively to some late changes before the game, but he still wants more.
He said: “It was great to be at home again and in front of our supporters and I was really happy with the way we took our opportunities.
“I was impressed with the defensive shift we put in and we had to make a few enforced changes before the game, but the attitude of the guys was still fantastic.
“Young Archie really impressed me. Firstly for his try plus the way he set up the second and also the fact he was playing out of possession on the wing and yet he made some crucial tackles.
“It seems the guys are really starting to get to grips with the game plan, but they need to play the full 80 with these structures.”
Archie Duke opened the scoring for Park before playing a part in the second for centre Paul Webb.
Second-row Peter O’Brien also crossed over, while Teddie Duke added one penalty and two conversions on what was a good day for the Crow Lane club.
Wigham added: “The defence was something we looked at last week as it was one of the errors that let us down badly against Harlow.
“On Saturday we put in a mammoth shift in defence, especially the first half where we gave away a number of penalties and put ourselves under unnecessary pressure in defence.
“A total of 96 tackles were made by us this weekend, which shows the want and desire of the players to keep the score board to 0.
“The back row of Ian Semain, Dwayne Lyn and the first appearance under me for Connor Sullivan were the leading tacklers all with 20 plus tackles in the game, which was fantastic.”