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Rugby Union: Romford director of rugby Steve Barfoot disappointed not to have game, but knows it could aid squad in long run

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 December 2017

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try earlier in the season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try earlier in the season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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No match for Crow Lane club this weekend as London Two North East takes a week off

Romford & Gidea Park's Director of Rugby Steve Barfoot (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Romford & Gidea Park's Director of Rugby Steve Barfoot (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot is disappointed there is no game for the team this weekend, but believes it could aid the Crow Lane club in the long run.

There are no games scheduled in London Two North East this weekend, giving RGP and their divisionals rivals the Saturday off.

Last weekend, Romford beat struggling Chelmsford 34-31 away from a home, a game which was also preceded by a blank weekend.

Barfoot admits that a weekend without a game makes training a little more difficult than usual, but appreciates the gaps in the schedule can allow some players to return to fitness.

“It doesn’t help that we haven’t had games on consecutive weekends for a while, but sometimes it is nice to have a break,” he said.

“The difficulty is that when you return to training after a weekend off, it’s almost like you’re starting over.

“Numbers also drop at training in the weeks when you don’t have a game, which is understandable.”

Romford are next in action on December 9 when they make the trip to Cantabrigians in the league.

The following week, RGP return to Crow Lane for their final game of the calendar year at home to Harlow.

And Barfoot is optimistic Romford can get a positive out of both matches to end 2017 in style.

“Hopefully we can get a couple of wins in the final two games of the year, which would be a nice way to end 2017,” he added.

“We have a tough trip to Cantabrigians first up and it’s a game that could go either way, even if we haven’t won away from home this season.

“Then we end the year at home to Harlow and hopefully we’re able to get the result we want.”

Last weekend saw Romford squeak out a win at struggling Chelmsford, but Barfoot was not pleased with his side’s display after the interval as they almost let a 27-5 half-time advantage slip.

“We had a good lead at the break and I thought we’d go on to extend it,” he said.

“Maybe the boys felt the same way too and a bit of complacency crept in, which is disappointing.”

Barfoot will be hoping the team work in hard in training this week to leave them in the best possible shape ahead of their return to action away to Cantabrigians in the league next Saturday.

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