Local clubs Romford & Gidea Park, Old Cooperians, Campion and Upminster looking to start new campaign with a victory!

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 September 2017

Old Cooperians and Romford & Gidea Park battle it out in a derby meeting (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians and Romford & Gidea Park battle it out in a derby meeting (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The London Two North East and London Three Essex both kick-off this weekend with four of our teams in action and eager to enjoy a positive 2017/18 season

New Romford & Gidea Park first-team coach Jordan Wigham is hopeful his team can begin the new London Two North East term with a win at home to local rivals Woodford.

The two clubs did battle on the opening day of the 2016/17 season as well, but at Highams Park, and the hosts took the spoils.

Woodford also defeated Park at the end of the previous campaign at Crow Lane to prevent Steve Barfoot’s squad finishing third.

Therefore Romford will be out to get some type of revenge over their old foes and kick-start the campaign with a win tomorrow (Saturday).

“Woodford took the spoils last season and from speaking to the players that played in the two games, both of them were winnable,” said Wigham.

“I believe if we get the basics right, we will beat any team in this league with the skill we have as individuals and as a team, but we just need to believe.

“We have to keep our composed and work hard in everything we do and try to work harder than Woodford in all areas and keep mistakes down to a minimum.”

Park’s rivals Old Cooperians also start at home with Craig Ratford’s team entertaining Cantabrigians on Saturday.

After recent pre-season success over Barking and Hackney, they are full of belief and confidence ahead of tomorrow’s opener.

Ratford said: “This summer has seen a lot of hard work put in on and off the pitch and we have seen new additions join including player/coach Nik Grier.

“With two wins against Barking and Hackney, plus a draw against the Mavericks last weekend, it has been great to get that buzz back at the club.

“Our games with Cantabrigians last season were belters, so we expect nothing but the same at 3 o’clock on Saturday.”

Campion and Upminster begin their London Three Essex terms away to Braintree and Millwall respectively this weekend before doing battle themselves on September 16.

The clash between the two rivals on Saturday week will also be a day to celebrate the life of one of Campion’s finest – the late Paddy Dear.

Several games will take place throughout the day before a live band will play in the main school hall between 5pm-8pm.

All proceeds will go the UK Sepsis Trust, as Campion look to make the Paddy Dear Memorial Rugby Day a memorable occasion.

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