London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham backs squad to pass ‘massive’ Sudbury test
PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 January 2018
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Steve Barfoot and Jordan Wigham’s team want to maintain their strong home form when third-placed Sudbury visit on Saturday
Jordan Wigham is confident his Romford & Gidea Park players can triumph at home to Sudbury in the London Two North East this weekend.
The Crow Lane club play their first game of 2018 on home soil after starting the New Year with a narrow 17-15 loss away to Epping Upper Clapton last Saturday.
This weekend Park will entertain third-placed Sudbury expecting a tough test against a side which has 54 points to their name after chalking up 10 victories out of a possible 13 this season.
Wigham and Steve Barfoot can take some solace from the fact Romford boast a strong record at Crow Lane having won six of their seven matches on home turf during the 2017/18 campaign.
“After Rochford Hundred beat us at home in October, we set ourselves a target of not losing again at Crow Lane,” said Park head coach Wigham.
“We know Sudbury will be a massive test of character, but our mindset is it’s a game we are capable of winning.
“For us to have any chance of winning, we must be at the top of our game, our defence needs to be solid, our skill levels need to be high and so does our execution, but we believe we can win.”
Romford have already played Sudbury once this season, back on September 30, and suffered a heavy 57-15 loss in Suffolk.
Park produced a strong first-half performance that day, but failed to back it up following the restart at Whittome Field.
But Wigham believes playing Sudbury once already will benefit Romford this weekend having been able to implement plans for recent games with Harlow (43-15 win) and Epping Upper Clapton.
He added: “Now we are facing teams for a second time, I believe our analysis is really becoming a massive strength.
“I felt we played the right game-plan against both Harlow and Upper Clapton and we really tried to get the details right.
“We will do the same again this week and look at the weaknesses and strengths of Sudbury and try to identify a game-plan which we believe will help us win.
“Obviously they visit us off the back of a great victory at home to Wanstead (47-17), so we know they will be up for the match and full of confidence.”
Tries from Peter O’Brien and Jack Irvine last weekend were unable to prevent Romford losing by two-points at Upland Road, but a successful conversion and penalty from Teddie Duke helped Park pick up a losing bonus point.