London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park look to finally break away duck at Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 January 2018
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Jordan Wigham calls on Park squad to raise game at Ipswich while Old Cooperians head to Sudbury
Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham is desperate for his players to end their away hoodoo in the London Two North East this weekend at Ipswich.
Park travel to seventh-placed Ipswich looking to halt a three-game losing streak having ended 2017 with a morale-boosting victory at home to Harlow.
The Crow Lane club are currently sixth, but a loss on the road on Saturday would see their mid-table rivals overtake them.
After going almost a whole year now without success in the league away from home, Wigham has told his squad to step up this weekend.
He said: “Ipswich are a team very much in the same mould as us and we need to find something special on Saturday and get this away duck off our back.
“We are struggling with a number of injuries at present and now really is the time for some of the other lads to step up.
“I want them to play out of their skin at Ipswich and show a creative spark so they can push for a regular spot in the side.”
Last weekend Romford went away to Cantabrigian hoping to break their away duck against a side sitting bottom with only two wins to their name this season.
But the hosts produced a strong display and claimed a deserved 29-14 victory much to the frustration of Wigham and Steve Barfoot.
Park will be looking to respond positively this weekend and ensure they don’t slip down to seventh in the table.
Wigham added: “As with all games this season, it’s down to who turns up, who starts the quickest and who puts their marker on the game.
“Composure is important as well and the team which executes their chances under pressure well will win. For us, it is important we get the victory and perform to the levels we know we are capable of reaching.”
Divisional rivals Old Cooperians dropped a place in the table as a result of Cantabrigian’s win last weekend.
Pat Reed’s men were in action themselves on Saturday, but lost 24-12 at home to Norwich in the last eight of the RFU Intermediate Cup.
They return to league action this weekend with a trip to high-flying Sudbury.