London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park and Jordan Wigham look to learn from difficult finish and come back even stronger
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 May 2018
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It has been a rollercoaster ride for the new head coach at Crow Lane this season, but he is confident they can kick on in 2019
Jordan Wigham feels the 2017/18 season has been a huge learning curve for him and everyone else at Romford & Gidea Park.
The head coach at Crow Lane was unable to end the campaign with silverware after Park lost 25-19 to London Two North East rivals Harlow in the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup.
Despite the defeat, Romford put in a strong display a week after avoiding relegation with a 22-19 victory at Old Cooperians.
Wigham, when reflecting on the campaign, said: “It has been a massive learning process for me and the other coaches and all of the players.
“We know where we want to be as a group now and how and what it takes to get there and we are already preparing for next season.
“We already have our plans in place ready for pre-season and our objects in place moving forwards.”
Romford flirted with relegation from the middle of March, which was a completely contrast to a few months earlier when they were targeting a top-five finish.
It highlights the strength of the league, especially at the bottom where one point separated Park in seventh and relegated Chelmsford who finished in 10th.
Wigham admitted: “It has been a very strange season because at Christmas we were looking to be in with a shout for a top four/five finish, but that wasn’t to be and it obviously took until the last game to be safe.
“To be a few minutes away from going down with 38 points to then jumping above four teams and finishing seventh is ridiculous.
“This league was the highest scoring of all of the London Two Leagues with some of the bottom three teams in other divisions not even getting over 10 points, so that shows what sort of a league this was this season.”
After ending in seventh, having started their final match at Old Cooperians in the bottom three, Park will seek more consistency in the 2018/19 campaign.
Wigham revealed everyone at Crow Lane knows the targets for next season, he added: “All of the coaches and senior players spoke last week and we all agreed we should be closer to the top of the table than the bottom.
“We believe some of the personnel we are planning to bring to the club will be a real statement of intent.”