Rugby Union: Romford want to ensure long trip to Norwich in London Two North East is worthwhile

16:00 23 September 2016

Action from the derby between Romford & Gidea Park and Campion (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Action from the derby between Romford & Gidea Park and Campion (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Crow Lane club face five hours of travelling this weekend

Romford make the long trip north to Norwich in London Two North East tomorrow (Saturday), and director of rugby Steve Barfoot is positive it will not be a wasted journey.

The Crow Lane club recorded their first win of the new season last time out with a 36-22 victory at home to local rivals Campion.

It will have been a welcome boost for Romford ahead of their journey to Norwich, who have started their campaign with a 100 per cent record.

But Barfoot believes Romford can add to their success last weekend with another tomorrow as they continue to improve their displays in the opening weeks of the season.

“A good run will only build the confidence in the team and after the win last week, we know we have the ability to compete in this division,” said Barfoot.

“We’ll head to Norwich knowing if we stick to our game-plan and give it our best shot, we have a chance of coming away with something.”

Romford’s round-trip to Norwich will involve over 210 miles and nearly five hours of travelling in total on the day.

It is set to be one of their longest trips of the season, but Barfoot says steps have been taken to ensure the club’s preparations will not be hampered by the long journey.

“We’ll make the sure the travelling does not take too much out of us before the game by leaving a little earlier than we should, which will give us enough time for a bit of a rest mid-journey,” he added.

And the squad will no doubt still be discussing their victory over their local rivals Campion on that long trip north, especially after losing on the opening day at Woodford.

Romford were able to secure

maximum points in the win thanks to their try-scoring heroics to defeat Campion, and Barfoot was pleased with the reaction from the players following the loss to Woodford the previous week.

“It was good from us to get the first victory on the board, especially with it coming against one of our local rivals in Campion,” said Barfoot.

“It was also good to see the boys bounce back from an opening-day defeat and their response to that has been brilliant.

“They improved massively from the week before, and that is exactly what you want to see in the early part of the season.”


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