London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park preparing for cup final against Cantabrigian – and Jordan Wigham is confident!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 April 2018

Romford & Gidea Park's Peter O'Brien gets past a Epping Upper Clapton opponent on his way to crossing the try line (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park's Peter O'Brien gets past a Epping Upper Clapton opponent on his way to crossing the try line (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

The Crow Lane head coach has called on his players to give everything against Saturday’s Cambridge-based opponents with so much at stake

Romford & Gidea Park are ready for a ‘cup final’ on Saturday when Cantabrigian visit Crow Lane in London Two North East and Jordan Wigham is confident his players can earn a massive win.

It has been a tough campaign for Park so far, after a strong finish to 2017, and it leaves the club still in a battle for survival.

Steve Barfoot and Wigham’s team have only claimed a single victory since the winter break, but have to secure another this weekend to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Cantabs, currently in 11th place, visit seventh-placed Park with only five points separating the clubs ahead of the big clash at Crow Lane.

Wigham said: “Our home form has been okay this season and we hope with a big crowd behind us and the return of players, we can get a much-needed home win and a massive five points.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge and we are preparing for this game as if it is a cup final. Everyone needs to raise their level and leave everything on the field if we are to win.”

Saturday’s match will be Park’s last of the season on home soil and they will be welcoming new official partner Robert Clark Rugby Academy to the fixture.

Although Romford have failed to register many wins during 2018, they have produced some impressive performances.

Barfoot and Wigham’s team did win at Ipswich on January 27 and backed it up with a fine 29-29 draw at home to high-flying Wanstead the following weekend.

But they have since suffered three consecutive defeats, with missed chances costing them in a 54-25 home loss to Norwich.

It is something the coaches at Romford have noted and recent training sessions have been geared towards improving Park’s ability to retain possession and use it wisely.

“We are aware of the challenge we face and have geared our training and preparation up towards this game,” said Wigham.

“It’s a huge day for the club as well as it’s the last home game and we are officially welcoming Robert Clack Rugby Academy as an official partner link.

“We know Cantabs have a big pack and we know if we give them the ball we will be punished, so we have to make sure we play the game in the right areas, keep hold of the ball and take opportunities when we have them.”

After losing the last meeting on January 20 by a score of 29-14, Park need revenge this weekend.

Related articles


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

Jordan Wigham praised the display of 17-year-old Tyler Ford off the bench


Gale Street outfit lost 38-24 away from home on Saturday

Hammers youngster comes through his troubles to show true class


Everyone Active Raiders import forward Filip Sedivy was delighted to bag his first goal for the club’s in their narrow 3-2 victory against Streatham IHC.

Are we buying Perez excuse for not coming on at Everton?

Hornchurch’s former captain praised Billy Gordon and the signing of Muhammad Irfan


St Mary’s Lane club collected a 38-24 success on Saturday


Everyone Active Raiders have been rocked by the new of three potential long-term injuries to Mason Webster, Sean Barry and Ollie Baldock.


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

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

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now