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London Two North East: Jordan Wigham happy with Romford & Gidea Park's progress heading into 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 December 2017

The scoreboard at Crow Lane tells the story of Romford & Gidea Park's match with Harlow (pic Stewart Stevens)

The scoreboard at Crow Lane tells the story of Romford & Gidea Park's match with Harlow (pic Stewart Stevens)

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The London Two North East side finished the year with a comprehensive victory at home to Harlow last weekend

Jordan Wigham is pleased with the progress Romford & Gidea Park have made during the first half of the London Two North East campaign.

The Crow Lane club signed off for 2017 with a 43-15 bonus-point victory over Harlow on home soil to avenge their earlier defeat to the newly promoted side in September.

Park moved up to sixth in the table as a result, which gives them a good platform to build on heading into the New Year where they’ll start with a trip to local side Epping Upper Clapton on January 6.

Wigham said: “With some of the struggles we’ve faced, we have always worked hard to rectify our performances and every game we feel we get stronger and learn and evolve more as a team.

“We are looking to train over the Christmas period and hoping to be prepared as best we can for the visit to Upper Clapton in January.

“It’s important we focus on one game at a time and if we do that, I’m sure we will hit the goals we set at the start of the season.

“We’re a team in transition and development and we will continue to grow and learn to play a good brand of rugby with smiles on our faces. We are enjoying the challenges coming our way and we will continue to do so.”

An excellent display from the back row set the tone for Park to defeat Harlow last weekend, but everyone played their part.

Peter O’Brien grabbed the hosts first try before Dwayne Lyn and director of rugby Steve Barfoot crossed over before the end of the 40.

Romford weren’t about to let up though and Karl Prestoe got his name on the scoresheet and wingers Sam Coomber and Jamie Harbour joined him in the 43-15 win.

Fly-half Teddie Duke added five conversions and a single penalty on a fantastic day for the Crow Lane club.

When asked about the back row, Wigham replied: “They were unbelievable. Ben Wrigley made his first start and put in a terrific shift and was man of the match.

“Ben’s performance along with Dwayne and Ian Semain was unreal, but it must be said it was a massive team effort and performance and no one had a bad game.

“All of the lads stepped up and I was overwhelmed with such a great display against a side we lost away to at the start of the campaign.

“We felt we were more than capable of winning at Harlow as well, but to finish the first half of the season with a win puts us in good shape for 2018.”

Romford went into the contest without a game the weekend before after their clash at Cantabrigian was postponed due to the bad weather.

The unexpected Saturday off allowed the Park coaches extra time to get ready for the fixture with Harlow.

Wigham added: “We had prepared well for Cantabs and was as ready as we could’ve ever been for that match to win it, but unfortunately it was postponed.

“It did give us some extra bit of time to get ready for Harlow and the boys were really raring to go for last Saturday’s game.

“We were well aware of the challenge we faced and we knew everyone needed to step up to the mark, but we did just that and put in one of our best performances of the season. To come away with five points was massive.”

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