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Barfoot comeback 'likely' with Romford struggling

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2015

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

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

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Ahead of long trip to Diss, Steve Barfoot reveals Crow Lane outfit are without various players

Romford & Gidea Park first XV manager Steve Barfoot admits it looks likely that he will have to put his playing boots on at Diss in London Two North East this weekend.

The Crow Lane outfit make the long trip to Norfolk to face the division’s pace-setters.

Diss have won six of their eight matches so far this season, but are currently without a victory in two games.

Last time out they were beaten by Rochford and before that they drew against Norwich.

But Barfoot admitted it will be tough for Park, with lots of the squad that played during the 27-15 win over Ipswich on November 21 unavailable.

He said: “Training hasn’t been great of late and we are struggling to get players.

“People have Christmas parties or breaks away and it is what it is. It will be a completely different side to the one that played Ipswich before unfortunately, but that is amateur rugby.

“It is looking likely that I will play at Diss.”

Although Romford will not be at their strongest, the weather conditions could play a part against the league leaders.

The forecast is set to be wet tomorrow, which might help Barfoot’s men.

He accepts it will be an extremely difficult encounter, but just wants his team to give everything at Bellrope Lane.

“Conditions will play a part and it could make it a close game up there,” added Barfoot.

“Diss predominantly have a big pack so we will have to do what we can against them. We have just got to go there, give everything and see what happens.

“It seems they are in the middle of a poor run and I think anyone can beat anyone in this division. It’s all about who turns up on the day, but they are strong at home.

“It is going to be a really tough match, but we have to go there and give it our all.”

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