Romford must stay focused despite fantastic start, says Wigham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 November 2018

A Romford & Gidea Park player looks to bring the ball forward against Harlow in the London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

A Romford & Gidea Park player looks to bring the ball forward against Harlow in the London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Last weekend’s triumph at Stowmarket was the club’s sixth victory in a row

Jordan Wigham and Romford & Gidea Park are not getting carried away with their fine start to this season’s London Two North East campaign.

The Crow Lane club are third in the table after seven games with 29 points to their name, which is the same amount as Saffron Walden in second.

Park’s outstanding recent run of six wins out of seven fixtures has given them a seven-point advantage over fourth-placed rivals Wanstead, but head coach Wigham is eager to avoid complacency.

He said: “Saffron Walden lost weekend and we are now level on points, so we just need to keep the momentum going and take it one game at a time.

“It’s good to move away from Wanstead, but we need to keep working as a slip could push us back down.”

Romford will be out to make sure they follow the advice of their head coach when they entertain Norwich on Saturday.

It will be tough for the hosts though, as the visitors are in fifth spot, but they have been inconsistent this term.

Norwich have won three of their seven fixtures and lost the other four, although one of these was a narrow 30-26 reverse at leaders Woodford.

Wigham added: “Norwich had a great win last weekend (over South Woodham Ferrers) and were very strong last season, so we’re expecting a very physical battle and a tough game.

“We’ve worked hard on our game and have highlighted challenges we must meet if we are to win this one.”

Park showed their mettle last Saturday with a dogged 29-21 success at Stowmarket in difficult conditions.

In a closely-contested game, Romford managed to keep a score ahead, but the issue was not decided until the dying minutes when Micky James’ try was converted magnificently by full-back Jack MacVeigh to the the away side an eight-point cushion.

Earlier tries from prop Karl Prestoe, wing Jamie Harbour and flank Billy Nelson had put Park on top.

After taking a big away support to Suffolk, Romford managed to send them home happy with an excellent bonus-point away win to consolidate their position in the top-three.

“It was good to get the win. Our first half was good, but in the second half we made real of hard work of the game and the bonus point,” Wigham stated.

“That is me being picky though, as I would have taken a bonus point win before we made the trip.

“It was great to have a good following, which is getting bigger and bigger every week.

“The journey home was fantastic and it was great to have the supporters with the boys on the way back.”

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