London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham frustrated with away defeat at Cantabrigian
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 January 2018
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Park were looking to end their wait for an away win last weekend, but suffered a 29-14 loss away to struggling Cantabrigian
Jordan Wigham was bitterly disappointed with Romford & Gidea Park’s 29-14 defeat at Cantabrigian last weekend.
The Crow Lane club made the trip to Cambridge in good spirits despite a 47-13 loss last time out at home to high-flying Sudbury on January 13.
Director of rugby Steve Barfoot had spoken in the build-up to Saturday’s game about the importance of turning up with the right mindset.
But it was Cantabrigian, who were bottom before the start of play, who made the most of the rearranged fixture as they claimed only their third success of the season.
“I was extremely frustrated with the result on Saturday,” admitted Park head coach Wigham.
“We targeted the game as one we wanted to win, but unfortunately we were unable to come away with the victory.”
Conditions were far from ideal in Cambridge with heavy rain and low temperatures overnight making the pitch difficult to play on.
Despite this, Romford made a bright start, but failed to make the most of a scrum deep inside the Cantabrigian half and conceded with four minutes on the clock.
The hosts grabbed another try seven minutes later and Park saw a player head to the sin-bin.
Barfoot and Wigham’s side responded well though, and reduced the deficit to 12-7 with a converted try.
Cantabrigian, without a win since October 7, were determined not to let their early advantage slip and crossed over twice before the break to lead 22-7 at half time.
Another home try was scored early after the restart and despite Romford grabbing a try back, they were not able to break down the hosts defence anymore and it finished 29-14.
Wigham added: “We talked about playing the conditions and we did actually start off well.
“But we were then picked off by a well drilled scrum and we lacked physicality and ‘Cantabs’ kept hold of the ball better than us.
“They used the ball better and scored from their attacking possession while we lacked composure.
“We lacked creativity in attack as well, which gave ‘Cantabs’ an easy afternoon in the end.”