Barfoot positive Park can sign off 2015 with away success
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 December 2015
After poor second half last weekend, the Crow Lane outfit are hoping for reward on the road
Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot is hopeful that his side can win at South Woodham Ferrers to break up for Christmas on a positive note.
The Crow Lane outfit play their final London Two North East match of 2015 this weekend before returning again in January.
Park were heavily beaten by league leaders Saffron Walden last Saturday, but will aim to bounce back at Saltcoats Playing Field.
Unfortunately, however, they will be without a number of first team players for this weekend’s game.
Barfoot said: “I think it will be an even match up, but unfortunately it is same old, same old as people have gone away for Christmas already so it will be a bit of a mix and match again.
“That is one of the main problems for us, we haven’t been able to field the same team for two weeks in a row.
“Whoever does get picked to play will give 100 per cent and that is all we can ask at the end of the day.”
Barfoot’s men are 10th in the division with 17 points, trailing Ferrers by six points.
This weekend’s opponents are eighth in the standings and it seems like a close match up.
Park are desperate to finish 2016 on a high, Barfoot added: “It would be lovely to finish this year with a positive result.
“We could have a nice break and think about where we want to go in January then and we need a bit more positivity so hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”
Last weekend Park played their final game of the year at Crow Lane and were left scratching their heads come full time.
Jake Jones, Reece Parr and Bamidele Coker crossed over in the first half for the home side. It was 21-20 to top of the table Walden at the break.
What followed in the second period was the visitors scoring 49 unanswered points to consign Park to a 70-20 loss.
Barfoot added: “It was a bit of a strange one, in the first half we played really well and gave a really good fight on Saturday.
“It was all good at the break, but we had no excuses afterwards. It was simple – they were just better than us. Their backs were big, strong and quick and kept going round us on the outside.
“It was a positive the first half performance and if we could have carried on doing what we wanted to it wouldn’t have finished how it did.
“Once the first couple of tries went in after the break our heads dropped unfortunately.”