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Park beaten but take solace in defeat

12:30 23 January 2015

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot in full flow earlier in the season (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot in full flow earlier in the season (pic: DNR Glover)

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No game this weekend for Crow Lane outfit

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot hopes his team will take confidence from their second-half performance against North Walsham in London One North last weekend.

The Vikings beat the Crow Lane outfit 31-10, but the scoreline could have been more emphatic after the away side went 28 points ahead during the first half.

But Park responded and improved massively after the break and scored tries through Paul Bradley and George Robertson as they won the second period 3-10.

Barfoot said: “The second half was a moral victory. We did fight our way back and it became more even.

“There was a good response and players started playing for each other so that is a positive.

“Our team spirit was better in the second half and we ended the game on a high note.

“It was a confidence booster, but the first half we let ourselves down. That seems to be happening quite a lot and I can’t put my finger on it.

“We do the team talk and everyone seems fired up and then it just doesn’t happen.”

Barfoot admitted it was hard for the players after a disastrous opening 10 minutes at Crow Lane.

He also revealed Darren Cooper will not play again this season after suffering a broken leg against Walsham.

“It was a tough game and again we didn’t start well. We conceded 21 points in the opening 10 minutes,” added Barfoot.

“It was tough after that and hard for us to get back into the game. They came out of the blocks well and it took us a while to get going again.

“We did lose Darren with a broken leg in the first half. He dislocated and broke his ankle, but had an operation on Monday and that went well.”

Park don’t play again until January 31 and have a difficult run of fixtures as they face Chingford, Colchester and Eton Manor.

Barfoot added: “We are moving on so will be training as normal ahead of our three tough games coming up.”

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