London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham happy to have weekend off

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 February 2018

Romford & Gidea Park fly-half Teddie Duke kicks some points at Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park fly-half Teddie Duke kicks some points at Epping Upper Clapton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Crow Lane club lost 103-7 at Rochford Hundred last Saturday, but are pleased to have extra time to prepare for a derby with Old Cooperians

Jordan Wigham admits it is nice to have this weekend off so his Romford & Gidea Park players can prepare for a big derby encounter with Old Cooperians next month.

The London Two North East takes a break on Saturday with all clubs returning to action again on March 3.

When they do, Wigham and Steve Barfoot’s team will visit ‘Coops’ looking to secure a double over their rivals.

Old Cooperians have had a tough campaign so far, but have improved over the last few weeks and Park’s head coach knows it won’t be easy on Saturday week (March 3).

Wigham said: “It is nice to have this weekend off so we can recover and get ready for the next run of games.

“We have four intense sessions planned from between facing Rochford Hundred (February 17) and playing ‘Coops’.

“We have some things we need to look at and hopefully we can really work on them to make sure we get the extra 10 per cent coming into the end part of the season.

“Obviously ‘Coops’ have had a resurgence of late and have picked up some very big points, so we need to make sure we prepare well and get physical and work on our strengths to try and blow them away.

“We are looking for a win against them, but we do need to make sure we know what we need to do to get the result we want.”

Park head into the Saturday off following a heavy loss at leaders Rochford last time out with the hosts securing a big 103-7 victory.

Jamie Harbour grabbed the consolation try for Romford with Teddie Duke kicking the extras as a young XV found it tough against a very strong Hundred side.

Wigham was proud of his players for never giving up, however, adding: “It was a difficult afternoon for the lads and we had a number of people missing, but we also had a number of guys step up to play.

“They played in a game where you have opposition players that are playing three or four leagues lower then they should be.

“So, full credit to our team because the lads that played against Rochford stepped up, they all worked hard and never gave up.”

Despite last weekend’s defeat, Romford remain sixth in the table and 13 points above the bottom two.

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