London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park ready for battle at Harlow’s new home, but full of confidence

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 September 2017

Romford & Gidea Park score their first try against Woodford at Crow Lane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park score their first try against Woodford at Crow Lane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Crow Lane club keen to make it two wins from two, although aware of task at hand at Latton Park on Saturday

Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try against Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Romford & Gidea Park celebrate a try against Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park first-team coach Jordan Wigham expects a tough test away to Harlow in the London Two North East this weekend despite the opposition only coming up this season.

Park defeated rivals Woodford 38-14 on the first day of the new campaign, while 2016/17 London Three North East champions lost, going down 42-21 at Wanstead.

But Wigham expects Harlow to be out for a response and knows they have extra motivation ahead of the match, as it will be their first at Latton Park – having spent the last 58 years calling Ram Gorse home.

“They lost last weekend, so like any team they will want to bounce back and go for the win,” said the Crow Lane coach.

“I also believe it is their first competitive match at their new ground, which is extremely impressive, so we know there will be a big crowd watching.

“We have to keep our cool and stay composed and just play the game plan. We know they will want to bring it to us and we must stay firm and out work them in all areas on Saturday.”

A big thing for Wigham is the amount of effort Park put in and he was impressed with their desire and commitment during last weekend’s crushing victory over Woodford.

Peter O’Brien grabbed a brace off the bench, while Mitchell Smith, Ross Inwood, Dwayne Lyn and Tom Falvey-Browne went over during the 38-14 success.

Smith and Inwood kicked two conversations each on what proved to be a great day for Park.

Wigham added: “We are trying to take each week as it comes and focus purely on this game with Harlow over anything else.

“We know our strengths and we must work to them and really focus on the work rate and effort we put in.

“Like last week, we want to out work Harlow in every department and then take the opportunities on offer.

“We have certain objectives for every game and it will change week to week, but if we get it right on Saturday I believe we will win the game.

Park were also boosted recently by agreeing a sponsorship deal with Tony Levoi, with the Vauxhall Dealer presenting club president Dai Davies with a very generous sponsor offer.

In addition to Levoi coming on board for the 2017/18 season, Romford have also secured sponorship for their squad kit from Thermal Logic.

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