Mindset key for Romford ahead of Southwold trek

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 October 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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Jordan Wigham praised the togetherness of the squad ahead of this weekend’s long trip

Romford & Gidea Park make the lengthy journey to Southwold on Saturday and head coach Jordan Wigham believes mentality will determine the result they get.

This will be one of the Crow Lane club’s longest trips of the season, but after winning three of their opening four London Two North East games, optimism is rife.

Despite the task at hand, Park feel they can return from Suffolk with reward aginst the sixth-placed side.

Wigham said: “These games are all about mindset and we have planned well for what is one of the longest journeys this season.

“We know a bit about them and have been working hard on making sure we play to our strengths and with that in mind, we are hoping to go there and put a pleasing performance together.

“Of course we know it’s going to be a hard place to go to, but we must back what we know and go there with belief and confidence.”

Southwold have had a decent start with two wins from their four games, but they have lost their last two.

After beginning the term with a home victory over Stowmarket, and then triumphing at Norwich, the Suffolk-based club have since lost by a single point on home soil to Woodford and also been edged out at South Woodham Ferrers.

The close margin of their losses to date shows the quality in the Southwold team and Romford will have to produce their best on the road this Saturday.

Wigham said: “This season we feel we have strength in depth and whatever players are selected for the side, we are 100 per cent confident they will do a job as both individuals and on a collective basis.

“As a team, the squad backs each other and believe in what the game plan is and that’s a welcome change. This weekend we will also have Jack MacVeigh back after a few weeks out.”

MacVeigh missed the visit of Harlow last Saturday as Romford put in a superb showing to clinch an excellent 46-19 victory.

Park crossed eight times on their way to another bonus-point success despite a frenetic first half where both teams lacked control and made errors.

After the restart, the hosts got back to the game plan and won with number eight Ian Semain scoring a hat-trick of tries.

Barney Savill, Paul Webb, Harry Walker, Tyler Ford and Micky James also touched down on a good day for the club.

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