London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park are ready for huge battle with Cantabrigian says Steve Barfoot
PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 March 2017
Director of rugby at Crow Lane looking forward to clash with Cambridgeshire outfit with the winner set to finish the campaign in third
Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot admits this weekend’s London Two North East clash at Canatabrigian is a massive game for both teams.
Just four points separate the two clubs in the division with Park in fourth place, one behind the Cambridgeshire outfit.
A win for Romford tomorrow (Saturday) would give them a huge boost in their battle to finish third and there is even more riding on the contest.
“This weekend is massive and they beat us 32-21 at our ground and are the only team to win at Crow Lane this season, so we know they’re good,” said Barfoot.
“You can’t be third in the table if you are a bad side, so we have to turn up focused and take the game to them.
“We want to try and put in another good performance and keep our momentum going into the summer.”
A strong finish to the season is the target for Barfoot and, with an Essex Intermediate Cup final to come, Romford could have plenty of reason to cheer this month.
Yet another team visited Crow Lane last weekend and suffered a defeat with second-placed South Woodham Ferrers losing 34-22.
Barfoot has now challenged his squad to end the season with three more wins, including their final against Rochford Hundred on April 22.
He added: “It would be nice to finish our away campaign in the league on a high, so we don’t have to worry about it next season.
“We have the cup final coming up soon at Bancroft, but if we could win this weekend it will give everyone a boost going into this final spell.”
Barfoot had a big say on Park’s latest victory, as he grabbed two tries against South Woodham.
Matt Catchpole and Bamidele Coker went over, while winger Jamie Harbour scored a brilliant try in the five-point bonus win.
Darrell Braiden added three conversions and a penalty, as Park strengthened their hold on fourth place above Old Cooperians.
“It was a very good day and we turned up with the right attitude and did the business, so it was very pleased,” added Barfoot.
“South Woodham probably had a bit of an off-day, but like I said before, you can only beat what’s put in front of you and our forwards were really good.”