Barfoot: Romford must do the basics better

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 November 2015

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

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


Park coach believes key to success against Ipswich is down to simplest things

Romford & Gidea Park boss Steve Barfoot has urged his team to get back to basics when they host Ipswich in London Two North East tomorrow.

The Crow Lane club have had to endure a difficult start to the new season with just two wins to their name from seven matches.

Park’s latest loss came last weekend when they returned from Holt on the wrong end of a 10-6 scoreline in dreadful conditions.

The visitor’s points came from penalties, but they had chances to score the try which would have won them the match.

Barfoot says those chances were missed because of silly mistakes and hopes his players can set about righting their wrongs this weekend.

“If we played more simple rugby against Holt, then we would have scored at least one try and probably would have won,” he said.

“In training this week, we’ve taken it right back to the basics and hopefully that will improve our finishing this weekend.

“I know that we are a good team, but we just need the confidence that stringing a few wins together can give you.”

Romford headed up to north Norfolk to face Holt, hoping to make it successive wins for the first time this season, following victory against Basildon.

But those hopes were hit by the dreadful weather that plagued sporting events across the country.

The match became a battle between the two packs and it was Holt’s who came out on top and Barfoot was upset the rain had such an impact on the result.

“It was a tight game played on a horrible day, the weather dictated how the game would be played,” he added.

“They scored one breakaway try, but we made too many silly mistakes in the conditions.

“The first 10 minutes were probably some of the best rugby we have played this season and the forwards put in a good shift despite the result.”

If Romford’s forwards can turn in a similar display this weekend, it might just be enough to see them over the line against Ipswich for only a third win all season.

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