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London Two North East: Steve Barfoot calls on Romford & Gidea Park to end long winless run on the road

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 January 2018

The Romford & Gidea Park coach (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

The Romford & Gidea Park coach (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Essex club haven’t won on the road since February 11 when they defeated Holt 15-10, but will aim to bring poor away form to a halt this weekend

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park are hoping to achieve two feats on Saturday at Cantabrigian – the first is to win away from home for the first time this season and the second is to be the only club in the division this weekend to win.

Steve Barfoot and Jordan Wigham take their team up to Cambridge to play the postponed fixture from December 9.

It is the only game to take place in the London Two North East this weekend and Park know it is a good chance to break their duck on the road.

“Hopefully it can go ahead this time,” said Barfoot. “We will go there looking to win the game and it’s good to have it this weekend.

“We know it will be difficult, but we will be looking to come back with the points.”

Romford can take confidence from their last away outing on January 6 – a 17-15 defeat away to Epping Upper Clapton.

It was the first point Park had achieved away from home this season and they will now look to claim a maiden away victory of the campaign tomorrow.

Barfoot added: “The last away result is something for us to build on and we just need to go to ‘Cantabs’ with the mindset that we are going to win.

“It doesn’t matter how we do it, we just need to get a good result because we can’t go the whole season without winning away from home!”

Romford’s form at Crow Lane has largely been excellent this term, though they did suffer their second loss of the campaign on home soil last weekend.

Third-placed Sudbury proved too strong and ran out winners by a 47-13 scoreline despite tries by Ben Wrigley and Teddie Duke.

Romford could be proud of their performance, especially in the second half, after dominating the majority of possession.

Sudbury’s defence managed to hold strong and two late tries for the visitors added some gloss to the score at Crow Lane.

After playing one of the best teams in the league, Park will now visit the basement club on Saturday with Cantabrigian only winning twice this season.

But Barfoot admitted: “We don’t really take anyone’s position into account and we know all about ‘Cantabs’ anyway.

“They are not normally in this position, so we will prepare for a tough game as that’s what we had twice last season.

“We managed to draw at their place back in April, so we will be ready, but we will approach it with the right mindset and look to get a win.”

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