London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham proud of squad despite Essex Intermediate Cup final defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 May 2018
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The Crow Lane club lost 25-19 to divisional rivals Harlow, but trailed by 18 points at one stage of the second half before fighting back
Jordan Wigham was proud of his Romford & Gidea Park players despite losing in the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup to Harlow on Saturday.
The two London Two North East clubs did battle at Ilford Wanderers ground and put on a show for the people in attendance.
Eventually it was Harlow who claimed the win and got their hands of the silverware by a score of 25-19.
But Wigham said: “Obviously I’m disappointed not to finish the season with the cup and a win, but over the last month we have showed some real character as a squad.
“When we have gone against us we have not put our heads down, we have showed real fight and again at the weekend the boys worked hard to get back into the game.
“I don’t feel Harlow were necessarily the better team, I feel it was us that lacked the clinical edge required to win the game, so it was a great performance and highlighted our never say die attitude again.”
Romford started slowly in the final and conceded early on before they eventually got into the swing of things and forced a penalty try.
Despite creating more chances, Wigham and Steve Barfoot’s team failed to capitalise and two lapses in defence allowed Harlow to add two more tries, along with a penalty, to lead 20-7 at the interval.
Park conceded a fourth try soon after the restart to trail by 18 points, but then came a strong and spirited response.
Matt Holder and Mitchell Noyce crossed over for scores and a conversion from fly-half Ross Inwood saw the margin reduced to six minutes.
Romford pushed hard in the dying exchanges and came close to a converted try late on, but just fell short to suffer a 25-19 defeat.
Wigham added: “The final was a great game. We were a little bit slow to come out of the blocks, but got ourselves back into it thanks to some real dominance from our forwards.
“We had three clear opportunities to score tries in the first half, but lacked the clinical touch we needed.
“The second half we scored quick and as a result got back in the game and with 10 minutes left we pulled the score back to within six points.
“With the last play of the game we put the ball in the corner and after taking the line-out, we started moving towards the try line, but somehow we managed to dislodge the ball, so we lost the advantage and unfortunately time was up.”
It was not the finish Park wanted, but they demonstrated plenty of encouraging signs heading into the 2018/19 campaign.