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Wigham frustrated with missed opportunities in Cantabrigian draw

PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 December 2018

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Crow Lane club needed a last-gasp try to salvage a point on the road, but they felt they deserved more

Romford & Gidea Park’s nine-match winning run in the London Two North East came to an end on Saturday away to Cantabrigian and Jordan Wigham was left with mixed emotions following the 19-19 draw.

The head coach saw his team fight back from a losing position to claim a point in the final exchanges of a bruising contest in Cambridgeshire.

However, he was disappointed with the chances his team failed to take against a side who are ninth in the standings.

“To be fair, if you would have said we would go 10 games without a defeat, I would have snapped your arm off,” Wigham said.

“I am frustrated we didn’t get the win when I felt we were clearly the better side, but we didn’t take our opportunities to win the game.”

Romford’s in-form number eight Ian Semain crossed over, along with wing Tyler Ford, to give the visitors a 14-12 advantage heading into the final quarter of an hour.

Jack MacVeigh had converted both tries, but Cantabrigian turned the ball over and scored a try and kicked the extras to move 19-14 ahead with time running out.

Park needed some inspiration and their character came to the fore with Semain diving over in the corner to level the scores.

MacVeigh tried his best to successfully kick the conversation from the touchline, but he missed and it ensured Romford’s winning run was over.

Nevertheless, Park extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches and remain second with 45 points – nine ahead of Stowmarket in third.

Wigham added: “The frustrating thing was the errors we made and some luck gifted them their tries, but it is just one of them things.”

Before the clash, the Crow Lane club revealed they had added Ben Northfield to their squad – formerly of Thurrock.

The one-time England youth international played for Park’s second-team on Saturday and is set to make his debut for the first XV this weekend away to Wanstead.

“Ben didn’t play for the first team, however he played for the twos just to get running with patterns,” Wigham said.

“He managed to score three tries and played extremely well by all accounts, so he will feature on Saturday and make his debut for the ones. He has fitted in well and looked sharp and ready to go during our training session this week.”

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