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London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park preparing for cup final against Cantabrigian – and Jordan Wigham is confident!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 April 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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The Crow Lane head coach has called on his players to give everything against Saturday’s Cambridge-based opponents with so much at stake

Romford & Gidea Park are ready for a ‘cup final’ on Saturday when Cantabrigian visit Crow Lane in London Two North East and Jordan Wigham is confident his players can earn a massive win.

It has been a tough campaign for Park so far, after a strong finish to 2017, and it leaves the club still in a battle for survival.

Steve Barfoot and Wigham’s team have only claimed a single victory since the winter break, but have to secure another this weekend to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Cantabs, currently in 11th place, visit seventh-placed Park with only five points separating the clubs ahead of the big clash at Crow Lane.

Wigham said: “Our home form has been okay this season and we hope with a big crowd behind us and the return of players, we can get a much-needed home win and a massive five points.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge and we are preparing for this game as if it is a cup final. Everyone needs to raise their level and leave everything on the field if we are to win.”

Saturday’s match will be Park’s last of the season on home soil and they will be welcoming new official partner Robert Clark Rugby Academy to the fixture.

Although Romford have failed to register many wins during 2018, they have produced some impressive performances.

Barfoot and Wigham’s team did win at Ipswich on January 27 and backed it up with a fine 29-29 draw at home to high-flying Wanstead the following weekend.

But they have since suffered three consecutive defeats, with missed chances costing them in a 54-25 home loss to Norwich.

It is something the coaches at Romford have noted and recent training sessions have been geared towards improving Park’s ability to retain possession and use it wisely.

“We are aware of the challenge we face and have geared our training and preparation up towards this game,” said Wigham.

“It’s a huge day for the club as well as it’s the last home game and we are officially welcoming Robert Clack Rugby Academy as an official partner link.

“We know Cantabs have a big pack and we know if we give them the ball we will be punished, so we have to make sure we play the game in the right areas, keep hold of the ball and take opportunities when we have them.”

After losing the last meeting on January 20 by a score of 29-14, Park need revenge this weekend.

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