Barfoot: Park cannot afford to lose crunch clash at Campion
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 January 2016
Derby day in the London Two North East and it is a vital match down the bottom of the table
Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot concedes his side have to beat local rivals Campion to boost their survival hopes in London Two North East.
Park are currently higher up in the table in 10th place, seven points better off than 11th-placed Campion, but know they need to get a much-needed victory.
Barfoot’s men were beaten 27-14 by Rochford Hundred at Crow Lane last weekend and make the short trip to Cottons Park tomorrow (Saturday) looking for their first success on the road this season.
“We did stick with it against Rochford and that was a big positive to take from the game going into this week,” said Barfoot.
“It is a must-win match against Campion, we can’t afford to lose it. We had good numbers in training this week so that’s encouraging heading into the game.
“I can’t deny we need to beat them because if we lose, they will only be three points behind us and it only takes another win for them and we’re in trouble.
“It is a massive match down the bottom and we need to get a victory, that is what we’ll be telling the players on Saturday.”
Romford were frustrated last weekend at home to Rochford despite going ahead at one point.
Bamidele Coker touched down and Mitchell Smith kicked the conversion to cancel out an opening try from the visitors.
But Rochford hit back to score their second try just before the break and it proved to be a crucial moment in the match. Barfoot added: “It was a silly mistake for their try just before half time.
“If we didn’t do that then we would have been ahead at the break, but instead we found ourselves trailing and it was tough to come back from that.”
Rochford carried their momentum into the second period and sealed the win despite Jake Jones going over for Park and Smith kicking another successful conversion.
“It was a better performance, our decision-making let us down in the end,” said Barfoot. “When we were getting into Rochford’s 22, we weren’t clinical enough or didn’t pick the right option.
“We weren’t competitive in the ruck either and they scored a few breakaway tries, but the lads played pretty well.”