London Two North East: Steve Barfoot hoping Romford & Gidea Park’s long trip to Norwich can bring reward
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 November 2017
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Crow Lane club aiming to get some revenge after suffering heavy loss on the road at Beeston Hyrne last season
Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot wants his team to bring something home from their long trip to Norwich in the London Two North East.
The Crow Lane club make the lengthy journey up to East Anglia tomorrow (Saturday) looking to build on last weekend’s 30-10 success over Old Cooperians.
Barfoot’s side had ended the month of October with two heavy defeats (85-7 at home to Rochford Hundred and 57-10 at Wanstead).
But Park responded at Crow Lane and will aim to deliver another performance to be proud of at Beeston Hyrne.
“Norwich will be strong at home and it is always tough to travel up there because it takes around two-and-a-half-hours,” said Barfoot.
“We’ll need to keep the boys focused and concentrated and ready to go when the game does get underway.
“Hopefully we can manage to bring something home with us, but it should be a good day out regardless.”
Last season Park lost 48-5 at Norwich in the opening month of the campaign and Barfoot is keen to avoid a repeat.
Although he accepts it will be tough for Romford to win, he has called on them to put in another strong performance.
Barfoot added: “If we can come away with something then it will be good and make the whole trip worthwhile.
“We need to make sure we don’t make idiots of ourselves like we did last year. If we give a good account, I’ll be pleased.”
Romford will at least travel to Norwich with confidence after ending their poor run to claim bragging rights over Old Coops.
After an even first half, Park pressed home their advantage after the break to take five points and move up to seventh.
“The last few weeks have been tough and we targeted Saturday’s game as a chance to get back on track,” said Barfoot.
“Obviously it was nice to do it against Old Cooperians, but they had a lot of injuries in the game which turned the tide a bit.
“What was pleasing is the lads stood up to the pressure they were put under during the match, so that was good to see.”
Romford’s win also helped them recover following a rare heavy loss at Crow Lane to Rochford.
Park’s form on home soil has been strong for a number of years now, Barfoot added: “We don’t like losing at Crow Lane, so it was good to put things right.”