Barfoot seeks away-day success for Park at Norwich
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 January 2016
Crow Lane outfit impressed in first half against Sudbury on Saturday and now want to get joy on the road
Romford & Gidea Park have yet to win away from home in London Two North East this season, but first-team manager Steve Barfoot believes now is as good a time as any to change that.
The Crow Lane outfit fell to a 44-6 defeat to high-flying Sudbury last weekend, but only after putting up a spirited display in the first 40 minutes.
It means they are 10th in the standings ahead of a trip to play Norwich, who are currently seventh.
Whilst their record on paper is a solid one, a closer look shows that they are on a bad downward spiral.
Norwich have won five and lost five matches this season and been held twice. But all of those defeats have come since November 21 and they have not earned success since November 7.
Therefore Park have a great chance of finally earning some reward on the road. Barfoot said: “We want to take the game to Norwich, we need to try and get a win this weekend.
“We must travel well, go there with the right attitude and see where it takes us.
“Getting the victory would make the trip back a lot better, we’ll certainly be geeing the boys up for this.”
Although Park eventually lost by a big 38-point margin to title hopefuls Sudbury on Saturday, they did lead during the first half.
Two penalties from Jack MacVeigh put the home side ahead after the visitors had scored an early try at Crow Lane.
But Romford tired after the break and Sudbury managed to score several more tries to earn victory.
“We played very well to be fair, but they got a few breakaway tries in the first half,” added Barfoot.
“After the break, our legs went and we kind of gave it to them in the end, which was a bit disappointing. The first half was a big positive though and for 25 minutes we were camped in their 22.
“We just couldn’t score and it is another learning curve for the boys. If we could have got a try in the first period, I think it would have been a completely different game.
“But once they went over a couple of times in the second our heads dropped.”
After failing to make the most of their territory against Sudbury, it is key Park do take their chances at Norwich.
With the hosts low on confidence, a good start could also decide who takes the points at Beeston Hyrne.
Barfoot added: “It is key to start well, we did that last weekend, but we couldn’t kick on, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday and get over the line this time!”