London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park look to end six-month wait for away reward when they visit struggling Cantabrigian
PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 December 2017
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Head coach Jordan Wigham confident Crow Lane club can build on narrow victory over Chelmsford when they travel to Cambridge this weekend
Jordan Wigham is sure Romford & Gidea Park can end their long run without an away win in the London Two North East at Cantabrigian this weekend.
The Crow Lane club are seventh in the table with five victories to their name this season, but all on home turf.
Romford have lost their four away matches so far this term without picking up a losing bonus point and last earned some reward on their travels away to Cantabrigian on April 1 (24-24).
Head coach Wigham said: “I think mindset is a massive thing for Saturday. It’s about turning up with the right attitude and to be willing to give everything.
“Our focus is to get a win, no matter what the score, and be able to start and constantly play the game in the right areas to build a score and win.”
When the two clubs did battle last season at the end of the term, they were both vying to try and finish in third place.
It is a slightly different story this time around with Cantabs struggling for form and 10th in the table with just 15 points to their name.
Nevertheless, Wigham knows it would be a huge mistake for Park to underestimate the Cambridge-based outfit.
He added: “Our away form hasn’t been anything like our home form, but we will take the game to Cantabs and play it a little different compared to the way we’ve played away from home previously.
“We need to take it little by little and make sure we are meeting the targets we’ve set for throughout the game.”
Romford should go into the contest with confidence after winning two of their last three games while hosts Cantabrigian haven’t tasted success since October 7.
Park held off a strong second-half fight back from basement side Chelmsford last time out on November 25 to secure a narrow 34-31 victory.
Wigham said: “We targeted five points and we had a cracking first half where we had a lot of structure and precision and we started the second in the same spirit, but forced substitutions in key positions seemed to affect our rhythm and fluency.
“But all things considered, all teams have these days, we still saw the game out and met the objective we set out beforehand, which was five points, it was just a shame we didn’t back in up with a full 80-minute performance.”
Park’s head coach gave some of his players a break from training after beating Chelmsford, but he is keen to see them step up their preparation this evening.
“Last week was quiet with a few guys resting up from little niggles and injuries, but we were back at it on Tuesday,” said Wigham.
“We know what it’s going to take to beat Cantabs and have really worked hard on physicality and intensity as well as high work rate and execution under fatigue this week.
“We hope to back this up again during tonight’s training sessions and be the best prepared we can for Saturday.”