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London Two North East: Jordan Wigham wants Romford & Gidea Park to come back from enforced lay-off with ‘huge win’ on home turf

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 March 2018

A Romford & Gidea Park player successfully catches a line-out against Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

A Romford & Gidea Park player successfully catches a line-out against Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Norwich visit Crow Lane this weekend and the hosts will be out for revenge after suffering a 65-19 loss to the same opposition in November

It is three weeks since Romford & Gidea Park last played a game in London Two North East and they are keen to make up for lost time this weekend.

Fourth-placed Norwich make the trip to Crow Lane and a tough encounter is expected for Steve Barfoot and Jordan Wigham’s young team.

Park have been working hard in recent weeks, though, despite the poor weather and feel they are ready to secure another positive result on their own turf.

“We are hoping home form comes into play in this game,” said head coach Wigham.

“Also, we have a really strong squad this week, so that should help and we are happy with the progress some of our long-term injured players are making.”

Overall things are looking good for Romford, but their last outing was one to forgot as they ended up losing 103-7 at Rochford Hundred.

Rochford are top of the table and unbeaten for a reason, though, so a positive result for Park was never expected.

Park were hoping to bounce back last weekend at rivals Old Cooperians, but the effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma saw the game called off.

The bad weather didn’t stop the Crow Lane club training, however, after they recently struck up a partnership with Robert Clack Rugby Academy.

Wigham added: “We have worked hard in the gym and on the paddock working on different things.

“This week we’ve focused on the areas where we know we can get success. It was extremely physical and we worked very hard on our game conditioning.”

Park will need to be at their best if they are to defeat Norwich and they will be looking to avenge the last meeting between the two clubs on November 11.

The hosts on that day ran out comfortable 65-19 winners, but Romford are more confident this time around and aware of what they need to do to win.

Wigham: “We went to Norwich with a scratch side and we know we let ourselves down there. We know we are better than the scoreline suggested.

“I feel if we are physical and carry out our non-negotiables to good effect, then we can get what would be a huge win at home.

“We have discussed the importance of building the score because that will take us over the line to victory.”


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