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London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham wants to see more cutting edge in attack

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 March 2018

Romford & Gidea Park's Peter O'Brien gets past a Epping Upper Clapton opponent on his way to crossing the try line (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park's Peter O'Brien gets past a Epping Upper Clapton opponent on his way to crossing the try line (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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A derby clash at St Mary’s Lane is set to take place on Saturday if the wet weather doesn’t waterlog Old Cooperians’ pitch

Jordan Wigham believes small margins are costing his Romford & Gidea Park team right now in the London Two North East.

The Crow Lane club produced an encouraging display last weekend at home to Norwich, but still ended up on the losing side.

It was their third game without a win and they are set to visit struggling local rivals Old Cooperians tomorrow (Saturday) knowing another tough contest can be expected.

Wigham said: “Small margins and a lack of consistency in terms of players and selecting the same team every week are costing us at the moment.

“We have a few lads away again this weekend, but we have a few returning so hopefully we can get a side out which will work hard to get the win!

“We know we have to be at our best to beat ‘Coops’ and I think it will be one hell of a game either way on Saturday.”

Park were hoping to go into the derby off the back of a home win over Norwich, but the visitors proved too strong in the end.

Pete O’Brien grabbed two tries and Barney Savill and Paul Webb also crossed over to secure a bonus point for Romford, but the away side won 54-25.

“I was disappointed with the result because we had 60 per cent possession, but we lacked the finishing touches to win,” said Park’s head coach.

“We also made too many mistakes and we got punished for it, so that was hard to take. When we looked back at the stats, we knew where we could have won it and where we lost the game.”

Romford lacked clinicalness on Saturday, although this week they have been working hard on the training field to put things right.

Park grabbed a bonus point by scoring four tries, but Wigham admitted they could have easily doubled their tally.

He said: “We had a lot of attacking opportunities, but lacked the execution, so that’s something we have worked on this week in training.

“I was happy we scored four tries, but I felt like we left easily another four out there.”

Wigham and Steve Barfoot’s men will aim to show a clinical edge on Saturday when they visit Old Cooperians.

Pat Reed’s team may be bottom, but their recent form suggests they are on the rise again.

“This game is always a tough challenge,” said Wigham. “We know they have some boys missing, but I am sure they will still have a really strong side.”


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