Search

Romford coach ready for new rugby season

17:00 05 September 2014

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate winning the Essex Cup last season (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate winning the Essex Cup last season (pic: DNR Glover)

Archant

Henwood hoping for further improvements

Romford & Gidea Park coach Grant Henwood is excited ahead of his side’s London One North opener against Luton tomorrow (Saturday), but is expecting a tough battle.

Park make the trip to Newlands Road in good spirits after an encouraging pre-season and the opening match of the new campaign will be viewed as a benchmark for the young team developing at the Crow Lane club.

Henwood’s squad will hope to extract some revenge on Luton after suffering 38-0 and 25-12 defeats to them last season, but the coach wants them to focus on their own game first.

“I am very excited, but we didn’t have much of a break because we started pre-season earlier than most,” said Henwood.

“Luton is a really hard game. They are a well-structured team, but it is the first game of the season so we want to concentre on ourselves and worry about our own game.

“It was a heavy loss at home, but a lot closer away at their place. The home game they were a lot stronger and had two centres that have gone on to play at the national level.

“It is a very strong side and it is a good benchmark for us to see where we are and what we can do this season.”

The Romford coach would like his young side to demonstrate the lessons they learnt last season and close out more games this year.

Henwood’s team earned eight wins in 2013/14 and he wants them to improve on that and build on the 10th-placed finish they achieved.

He added: “There were a young side last season and the experience they gained certainly would have helped them.

“Closing out a game is the toughest thing to do in rugby, if you are young or old, and that is what I am looking for us to do this season because we struggled with that last year.

“We are learning, but if we can get a mid-table to sixth place finish we will be happy. But obviously it will be hard with such a young team.”

Campion, Old Cooperians and Upminster begin their league campaigns tomorrow week (September 13). See next week’s Recorder for previews.

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

Yesterday, 20:43
JJ Pitchley netted the first home goal of the season for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders 6 Oxford City Stars 6

Yesterday, 18:40
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch 0 Dereham Town 1

Yesterday, 18:07
Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the opening goal at Bromley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League: Bromley 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 3

Yesterday, 07:00
Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

The return of Craig Robson at centre-back should see defenders line-up in more regular positions

Fri, 17:30
Sam Ling of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo

New Daggers youngster discusses joining club and influence of his father, former Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling

Fri, 17:08
Essex's David Masters ended his career with a couple of wickets against Kent (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Masters finishes with a maiden

Fri, 17:00
London Raiders new boy James Pentecost (pic: John Scott)

New signing set to face former club Oxford

Fri, 16:30
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (right) looks on alongside Mark Holloway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Urchins manager says performances against Sides near the bottom last season were not good enough

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

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