London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot backing team to return to winning ways on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 September 2017
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Epping Upper Clapton travel to Crow Lane off the back of two defeats despite finishing fifth during the 2016/17 campaign
Steve Barfoot is looking for Romford & Gidea Park to get back to winning ways in the London Two North East this weekend, but has warned them to expect a tough test with Epping Upper Clapton.
Park finished fourth in the 2016/17 season – four points and one place better off than Saturday’s opponents.
But Epping Upper Clapton lost 33-22 at Ipswich on the opening day of the campaign and were beaten 44-9 at home to Wanstead last weekend to sit third from bottom ahead of their trip to Crow Lane.
Yet Barfoot warned: “They did well last season, so it is a surprise to see they have lost their first two games, but it could be down to a number of things.
“They might have some injuries or people who have been unavailable, but they could have everyone back for this weekend.
“We jut need to approach it like we do for every game and hopefully we can get a good result on Saturday.”
Romford go into the contest off the back of a poor display at Harlow last weekend, which saw them suffer a 35-15 defeat on the road.
Barfoot is keen to see his team get back on track this Saturday and expects them to do so, as long as they stick to the game plan.
He said: “Epping Upper Clapton are a good side, so our attitude needs to be right and if it is, we’ll give them a decent battle.
“If the players stick to the game plan we’ve worked on over the last couple of months then we should be able to get a result.
“If they listen to what we have been telling them then we should bounce back from last weekend’s defeat.”
Park’s director of rugby pulled no punches after their loss at Harlow where Barney Savill and Jonathan Hogarth grabbed tries.
Darryl Braiden kicked five points, but it counted for little at the end, Barfoot said: “It was disappointing, but in all fairness, the boys just didn’t turn up.
“It was raining and we couldn’t catch anything, so it was just a game to forget.
“We didn’t underestimate Harlow, it was just one of those days. The boys turned up for Tuesday training and worked really hard and that’s all they could do after Saturday.”