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London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park’s Steve Barfoot knows only too well the struggles Chelmsford are facing following relegation

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 November 2017

Romford & Gidea Park's Director of Rugby Steve Barfoot (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park's Director of Rugby Steve Barfoot (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Director of rugby hoping team will have right attitude on Saturday ahead of facing basement side in the division

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot is surprised to see Chelmsford struggling in the London Two North East this season, but knows his team can’t afford to take this weekend’s opposition lightly.

The Crow Lane club play host to the basement side in the division looking to keep up their good form on home turf this campaign.

Chelmsford have lost all nine of their fixtures to date and coped badly with relegation from the London One North – where they finished 13th with just 24 points.

Barfoot, having helped Park stabilise after also coming down in 2015, said: “It is hard to get rid of that losing habit and all of your best players generally leave to join better sides.

“When that happens you struggle as you need to replace them with what you already have at the club and sometimes those guys are not up to standard.

“I assume that’s what they are going through, but they are not really getting smashed every week and they’ve generally been scoring a few points, so we can’t take them lightly on Saturday.”

Romford had last weekend off, but return to league action keen to get back to winning ways after a 65-19 loss away to Norwich on November 11.

Park’s form at Crow Lane has generally been good with wins achieved against Woodford, Epping Upper Clapton, Ipswich and Old Cooperians.

Barfoot’s team did suffer a heavy defeat (85-7) on home turf against currently unbeaten leaders Rochford Hundred on October 28, but they are looking to put another W in the results column tomorrow.

He added: “We don’t like losing at Crow Lane, so we’ve got to turn up with the right attitude.

“We need to make sure we don’t underestimate Chelmsford because we’ve already seen this season anyone can beat anyone.”

Following their loss at Norwich, Park are eighth in the table with 18 points to their name, but with 2018 just around the corner, Barfoot wants to see a better level of commitment from his squad.

“It would be nice to keep up the good record we’ve had at home in recent seasons,” said Romford’s director of rugby.

“And it would also be nice to be able to pick the same side every week! We’ve been struggling with that of late and I understand if people get given work, they have to take it, but it would be helpful for us to have players available all the time.”

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