Wanstead will be Romford’s toughest test to date insists Wigham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 December 2018

Two Romford & Gidea Park players tackle a Woodford opponent (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Two Romford & Gidea Park players tackle a Woodford opponent (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The second-placed club in the London Two North East will aim to finish 2018 with another win on Saturday

Jordan Wigham is well aware of how difficult Romford & Gidea Park’s final match of 2018 will be away to local rivals Wanstead.

The two clubs will do battle in the London Two North East at Roding Lane North on Saturday looking to finish the year with bragging rights.

Park go into the clash unbeaten in 10 matches, but last weekend they saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with a draw at Cantabrigian.

Nevertheless, Wigham is under no illusions about how much of a threat the Herons will be and especially at their own ground.

He said: “Wanstead are always a tough opponent and they have a very good record at home – I believe they have only lost once at home all season so this will be a difficult task.

“It’s important we focus on our structures and on top of this take the opportunities which will hopefully come our way.

“Also, it’s important we finish this year with the win, but we know this is going to be the hardest game of the season.”

Romford have enjoyed a superb campaign so far and haven’t lost since a 36-25 reverse at Saffron Walden on the opening day of the term – September 8.

There were mixed emotions on Saturday after the 19-19 draw at Cantabrigian, which shows just how far Park have come over the past 12 months.

Despite their improvement, last week they added to their ranks with the signing of highly-rated youngster Ben Northfield from local club Thurrock.

While this week they brought in Ricky McFarlane as strength and conditioning coach and he brings a wealth of experience.

The ex-Harlequins, Barking and Cambridge player, who started at Park as a junior, will aim to make a big difference in the second half of the season.

Wigham explained: “Ricky is someone we have spoken to on a number of occasions. He comes in with a wealth of experience in his field and has played to a decent standard of rugby too.

“Anyone that has his sort of CV is highly sought after and we are very fortunate to get him back involved at the club.

“He will take over the strength and conditioning and do a little bit of coaching and he was with us on Tuesday, and it was like he was never away, He fitted in with the boys and had a run around himself too.”

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