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Park plotting more success after destroying Woodford

13:00 06 March 2015

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot goes over for a try against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot goes over for a try against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

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Grant Henwood’s team have a trip to Brentwood to look forward to this weekend

Matt Catchpole on the attack for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)Matt Catchpole on the attack for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park captain Steve Barfoot insists his team will be going for a second consecutive win this weekend, despite acknowledging rivals Brentwood will be a tough nut to crack.

Boosted after Saturday’s 43-5 success against London One North basement boys Woodford, Park go to King George’s Playing Fields in positive spirits.

Romford & Gidea Park's Joe Howard in action against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)Romford & Gidea Park's Joe Howard in action against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

But Brentwood’s record on home soil is impressive, having won seven of the 10 matches they have hosted this season, and Barfoot knows a difficult encounter is on the horizon for his team.

“We would love a second victory on the spin, but we are not taking anything for granted,” he said.

Peter O'Brien tries to bring the ball forward for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)Peter O'Brien tries to bring the ball forward for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

“It depends what team turns up on the day. Hopefully we have the right approach and we are hoping for a bit more consistency now in terms of selection because that would help everyone.

“We will be looking to get the win, but we will see what happens.”

Romford & Gidea Park's Barney Savill runs in their second try against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)Romford & Gidea Park's Barney Savill runs in their second try against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

Barfoot hopes, regardless of the result, Park give Brentwood a stern examination.

Grant Henwood’s team lost the meeting at Crow Lane earlier in the season 19-10 and will want revenge tomorrow (Saturday).

Mark Jackson in action for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)Mark Jackson in action for Romford & Gidea Park against Woodford (pic: DNR Glover)

“We have got to turn up and have the right attitude because that is important,” Barfoot added.

“Win, lose or draw we want to make sure they work for the result. We will be making sure they do, but we are going to go for the victory and take it to them and we will see what happens.”

Park’s confidence is high after running in seven tries against Woodford to earn five points for the first time since December.

Barfoot helped himself to a brace, while man of the match Barney Savill also crossed twice in the convincing triumph.

Ross Inwood, Nick Reid and Dwayne Lyn also got tries for Henwood’s team as they romped to a wonderful win.

“It was a bit tight in the first half and then we got a couple more tries and Woodford crumbled, to be honest,” added Barfoot.

“One of the most pleasing aspects of the game was we kept going until the end.

“Barney was man of the match. He was very good and is a really fit lad. He is consistently one of the best on the pitch for us and he deserved his glory.”

The amount of tries scored at Crow Lane also pleased Barfoot, but he wasn’t fussed about going over twice himself, adding: “It is nice, but in all fairness, and I have said this before, it doesn’t matter who gets the try.

“It does show we can actually score and we played the gameplan and now we need to stick to that every week. It was a positive day and a good all-round performance from us.

“It has added to the confidence we had and hopefully we can build from this and move forward now.”

If they are to do that, Barfoot hopes Jeff Woods, Dave Gilmore, Mark Jackson and Dan Harnett will remain available, adding: “Hopefully they will stay on.

“It does help to have experienced players involved, for the younger lads to look up to. It was nice to have Dan back in the centre.

“He played really well and hopefully all of them are available now. That will help us move forward with the right mix of youth and experience.”

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