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Barfoot believes Romford can begin on positive note

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 January 2016

Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot (right)

Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot (right)

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After ending 2015 with three defeats, Park have another trick match at Crow Lane

Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot is looking for his side to start 2016 on a positive note by taking something from Sudbury this weekend.

Park welcome the Suffolk outfit to Crow Lane as the London Two North East campaign resumes tomorrow (Saturday).

Barfoot’s men went into the break following a 27-25 loss at South Woodham Ferrers, their third defeat in a row.

But Sudbury finished 2015 on a high with two victories in matches where they scored over 40 points in each success and won their earlier meeting with Park by a 20-3 margin.

Barfoot hopes to make home advantage count this weekend, though, and said: “Sudbury are third in the table and a very good side.

“When we played them before it finished 20-3 so they showed how strong they are on that day.

“But we will face them and give it our all, hopefully we can try and get something from the match, even if they have been doing well this season.

“It is good to have it at home, people will still have work and that obviously takes preference, but hopefully we have a decent squad of players to pick from.”

Park’s problem towards the end of 2015 was getting a lead and building on it.

They were ahead against Diss on December 5, before losing 36-24, and also in front at South Woodham Ferrers before suffering the same fate.

Barfoot believes his players need to do the basics better when they go ahead and learn how to keep hold of a lead.

He added: “We need to get in front against Sudbury and try to see the game out. That is what we have been lacking this season.

“We let in one try and our heads drop, and then we have tended to let in another one shortly afterwards. We need to learn how to close games out if we do go ahead.”

Before breaking for Christmas, Barfoot admitted it would be down to the players whether they wanted to train over the festive period.

In the end it was decided that they would not train and their first session for some weeks took place on Tuesday night.

Barfoot hopes their three-week period without a match can be beneficial to the club.

“It has been nice to have a break from it all and not do anything,” he added.

“We have had a complete break and let the lads chill out over Christmas because they don’t want to be training during that time really, do they?

“I think the rugby has been getting on top of everyone so it was good to have a few weeks away from it and now everyone can come back fresh and raring to go.”

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