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London Two North East: Jordan Wigham tells Romford & Gidea Park to up their game again to return home from Sudbury with a victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 September 2017

Crow Lane club targeting win in Suffolk and full of confidence after strong showing last time out against Epping Upper Clapton

ordan Wigham has warned his Romford & Gidea Park players to expect a tough test with Sudbury this weekend in the London Two North East.

The Crow Lane club will make the lengthy journey up to Suffolk tomorrow (Saturday) looking to build on their 22-0 win at home to Epping Upper Clapton last time out – their second success so far.

Sudbury were relegated from the London One North last term, but still won five times and picked up two draws, yet they’ve struggled somewhat this season.

The Whittome Field thrashed Ipswich 93-0 on home soil two weeks ago, but lost at Wanstead last weekend and also suffered a defeat on the opening day of the campaign when they entertained Rochford Hundred.

Nevertheless, Wigham knows what to expect, he said: “Sudbury have come down to our league and they’re coached by Ben Scully.

“We know they’ll want to play quick ball and want to move it out wide as soon as they can, so we have got to show the same want and desire as we did last week.

“As well as that, we also know that our opportunities will be limited, so it’s all about keeping the scoreboard ticking over and taking chances to score that come our way.”

Romford’s two wins this season, which has placed them fifth after three games, have both occurred on home soil.

Steve Barfoot and Wigham saw their side lose 35-15 at Harlow on September 16, but everyone at the Crow Lane club is aware of what they must do at Sudbury.

“We need to make a good and confident start and get into the game early,” said Wigham.

“I felt we were naive going into Harlow and our own skill levels let us down big time, so we must minimise our errors at Sudbury.

“We have to up the effort and desire and put the work in and if we play the way we know we can, then I expect we will win. For me, I am only targeting a win this weekend – nothing else.”

A strong defensive display saw Romford get back on track last Saturday at home to struggling Epping Upper Clapton.

Youngster Archie Duke caught the eye, as he opened the scoring at Crow Lane before Paul Webb went over.

Peter O’Brien also got in on the act with Teddie Duke adding a penalty and two conversions on a good day for the club.

Romford will now aim to back it up on Saturday and return from their long trip with another win.

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