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London Two North East: No complaints from Steve Barfoot after Romford & Gidea Park’s run ends

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 March 2017

The rugby season is drawing to a close (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The rugby season is drawing to a close (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Crow Lane-based club suffered 34-24 loss at Upland Road and have dropped back down to fourth as a result

Romford & Gidea Park’s director of rugby Steve Barfoot admitted last weekend’s 34-24 London Two North East defeat at Epping Upper Clapton was fair.

The Crow Lane-based club had won their previous four games before making the trip to Upland Road and were on a high after beating local rivals Old Cooperians.

But after taking a 24-15 lead, Park couldn’t hold out and suffered a narrow loss, which resulted in them dropping down to fourth place.

“I think it was a fair result. We were 12-0 down after only five or 10 minutes, so we did well to come back from that,” said Barfoot.

“We were leading with around 20 minutes to go and lost it, so the start and end to the game cost us.

“In all fairness we have been on a good run and we have a few injuries, so all good things come to an end eventually.”

After a poor start at Epping, Park hit back with tries from Bamidele Coker and Jake Jones to get a strong foothold in the match.

Romford took that momentum into the second period as Micky James and Jonathan Hogarth crossed over to put them in control.

Darrell Braiden kicked the extras to put Barfoot’s team 24-15 ahead and on course for a fifth consecutive league success.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the hosts hit back impressively in the final quarter to hand Park their first defeat since losing 63-10 at leaders Diss on January 14.

Romford have to wait now until Saturday week (March 25) before trying to get back to winning ways when second-placed South Woodham Ferrers visit Crow Lane.

But Barfoot believes that is a good thing, adding: “It is nice to have this weekend off, so we can get a few players back from injury and let them rest up.

“We had a bench full of forwards on Saturday away to Epping Upper Clapton, so that shows the type of problems we have had.

“In that sense it is good to have no match this weekend and give the lads some time to recharge the batteries.”

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