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Henwood: Defence was good

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 March 2015

Romford's pack scrum down with Barking (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Romford's pack scrum down with Barking (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

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Romford supremo sees positives in Barking defeat

Harry Dearman takes the ball into contact for Romford against Barking (pic: Deborah Lloyd)Harry Dearman takes the ball into contact for Romford against Barking (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Grant Henwood praised his side’s defensive effort in their 39-10 defeat against Barking.

Park welcomed a Gale Street side that sit second in the table and held their own before conceding three late tries in the final 10 minutes.

Romford bring down a Barking attack (pic: Deborah Lloyd)Romford bring down a Barking attack (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Henwood was pleased his side’s attempts to nullify the Barking attack and believes it lead to a competitive match.

“Our defence was probably the main thing that kept us in the game. I think the boys all stepped up,” said the Romford boss.

“We had a good combination of youth and experience. They played well together, there was a good gel.

“Second half some of the decisions didn’t go our way and I think we ran out of steam at the end. That was the problem.”

The hosts conceded a try in the fourth minute but bounced back to lead 10-8 at the interval thanks to a try from Ben Brewer.

But the visitors stormed back after the break to score five tries and Henwood says his men were disappointed they did not maintain their lead.

“A lot of the boys were gutted they did not get more out of the match. We demolished their scrum. We only lost one in 15,” added the Park chief.

“We competed well at the lineout too. Barking had a good maul that we couldn’t seem to counter. Other than that our defence kept us in the game.

“The last 15 minutes we started creaking and there was a bit of fatigue. It went downhill from there.”


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