Search

London Two North East: Steve Barfoot insists Romford & Gidea Park deserved more from last weekend’s clash with Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 January 2018

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

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

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Crow Lane veteran reflects on 47-13 loss at home to third-placed side and the positives they can take from the display

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot was left with mixed emotions after Saturday’s London Two North East defeat at home to Sudbury.

The away side claimed a 47-13 victory at Crow Lane, but the hosts gave a better account of themselves than the scoreline suggests.

Barfoot and Jordan Wigham’s team enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half, but only had tries from Ben Wrigley and Teddie Duke to show for it come the end of the 80 minutes.

“We went into it thinking we could win and I can’t complain about the performance,” said the Romford veteran.

“The only disappointment is the score because it doesn’t reflect how well we played, but we struggled to break them down.”

Saturday’s loss means Park have started 2018 with back-to-back defeats after they went down 17-15 at Epping Upper Clapton on January 6.

Despite that, Barfoot was encouraged by what he saw during the clash at Crow Lane.

The visitors started strongly and scored three quick tries before Romford responded through flanker Wrigley on the half an hour mark.

Sudbury managed to add another two scores before the break, but Park came out fighting at the start of the second period.

Duke crossed over for a try and added the extras as the home side rallied and looked to claim a bonus point.

Sudbury caught them twice late on, however, to add some gloss to the scoreline in the dark skies in Essex.

Barfoot said: “It was the same as the week before because we have played really well in the last two games now, but not got the results to show for it.

“We had a lot of possession on Saturday, but could only score two tries and they countered really well, so you have to give them credit.”

After boasting an outstanding home record last season, Romford have now lost twice on their own turf.

Both have been to clubs in the top-three though, in the shape of Rochford Hundred (85-7) and now Sudbury.

Therefore Park can take some solace from the fact they have recorded wins in all six of their other home fixtures.

Going forward, Barfoot wants them to try and remain unbeaten at Crow Lane between now and the end of the campaign with only three fixtures left against the likes of Wanstead (second), Norwich (fourth) and Cantabrigian (14th, bottom).

He added: “If we can go the rest of the season without losing again at home then I’ll be happy because the two games we haven’t won at Crow Lane have been against good sides.

“Rochford are running away with the league and Sudbury are not too far behind, so we always knew they would be tough.

“We did hope to win last weekend, but it wasn’t to and the only frustrating thing is the game was a lot closer than it now looks.”

Park stay sixth in the table with 29 points from their 13 fixtures to date ahead of a trip to Cantabrigian this Saturday.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

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

17:23

Everyone Active Raiders have announced British duo Jamie Randall and Stuart Low for the Legends team to take on the current squad on August 26.

17:00

Dagenham & Redbridge players are urging the fans to stick with them after failing to win in their opening five National League fixtures this season.

11:51

Romford were denied a last-gasp winner and top spot after a hard-fought contest at Ram Meadow.

11:30

Ardleigh Green got the better of Woodford Green in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three encounter at Central Park, with the visitors falling out of the top two as a result.

11:00

Despite an outlay of £100m in the summer, the Hammers turned in a display that would not have been out of place during the last disastrous campaign

10:41

Harold Wood successfully chased down Hainault & Clayhall in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One meeting.

10:00

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye is delighted to get his first goal for the club in their 2-1 defeat to Halifax Town.

09:00

Upminster secured their seventh consecutive victory in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One when they beat league leaders Hutton by eight wickets.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“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.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

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

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now