London Two North East: Steve Barfoot pleased to see Romford & Gidea Park end away drought with victory at Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 January 2018
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The Crow Lane club had gone nearly a whole year without an away league win, but secured the points in Suffolk last weekend
Steve Barfoot was thrilled to see Romford & Gidea Park end their long wait for an away win in the London Two North East last weekend.
The Crow Lane club travelled to Ipswich seeking a first success on the road since February 11 when they defeated Holt 15-10.
It looked a tall order after they had gone down at Cantabrigian the week before, but tries from Barfoot, Dwayne Lyn and Pete O’Brien ended the drought with a 20-7 win.
Romford’s director of rugby said: “Ipswich is a tough place to go and I can’t remember the last time we won there.
“Last season we lost 43-15, so we knew it would be a difficult game and it proved to be the case.
“I think we just wanted to get the monkey off our back and full credit to the lads because we played really well.”
A strong start helped Romford get ahead and once they did that they never looked back in Suffolk.
Barfoot was pleased to play his part, but chose to downplay his try, adding: “I was just hanging at the back of a scrum, so I don’t know if I should count it really.
“We were a 100 per cent better than the week before at Cantabrigian and we came out of the traps well and got the result.
“Starting strongly helped us, but the defence were outstanding as well and we got the job done in the end.”
The long overdue away win made the long journey back to Crow Lane that little bit extra sweeter.
Romford’s seventh league success of the season opens up a gap between themselves and the bottom half clubs.
Park are sixth in the table and on 33 points – seven ahead of Ipswich in seventh, but nine behind fifth-placed Harlow with seven fixtures left to play.
Barfoot added: “The journey back was good and it was just about getting out there and getting it done.
“We turned up with the right attitude, worked hard in the warm-up and did really well, so I was pleased.”