London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham frustrated with away defeat at Cantabrigian

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 January 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

5 minutes ago

Lakeside Hammers are gearing up for back-to-back away Championship fixtures as they aim to move into the league’s top four.

35 minutes ago

The newly promoted team had the chance to claim a famous scalp on Saturday, but couldn’t chase down 164 and suffered a second loss of 2018

The 24-year-old Londoner discussed the importance of believing and highlighted the success of other not fancied teams in the past

After setting 212 to win, Monty Panesar’s 6-22 helped the Harrow Lodge Park club triumph and he also provided a curry for his new team-mates


Ardleigh Green cricket captain Lloyd Edwards is taking the positives from their five wicket defeat to Benfleet in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three clash.


The latest news from the Havering ‘90 Joggers club

Yesterday, 17:30

The one-time Barking loanee, who attended Hall Mead School and Shenfield High School, has enjoyed a whirlwind two years

Yesterday, 16:00

Daggers winger in squad for non-league national team’s trip to Dublin this Saturday


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now