London Two North East: Romford & Gidea Park welcome the Easter break to refocus and make sure they get back on track
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 March 2018
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Crow Lane club suffered a disappointing 41-17 loss at Chelmsford last weekend despite Karl Prestoe, Luke Izatt and Barney Savill
Jordan Wigham couldn’t hide his frustration after Chelmsford saw off his Romford & Gidea Park team 41-17 in London Two North East.
The Crow Lane club travelled to their Essex rivals eager to return to winning ways and move clear of the bottom three.
A poor display, coupled with a number of players missing, saw Park lose and although they are seventh in the table, they are only five points off the relegation zone with three games left this season.
Wigham said: “We were missing several players at the weekend and to make matters worse, we lost Jake Jones before the game to back spasms.
“Chelmsford used the slope advantage to their strength and slowed our game down and we struggled to get back to the high tempo we like to play.”
Park knew what to expect from their opponents after doing battle with them late in 2017 on November 25.
Steve Barfoot and Wigham’s side triumphed 34-31 on their own turf on that occasion, so knew what to expect from Chelmsford and yet they failed to heed the warning signs.
“I didn’t underestimate them and we knew they were a team with some of the best form since the Christmas break,” said the Park head coach.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult day and we didn’t raise our game high enough to get the win we wanted.”
After such a frustrating defeat, you might have expected Romford to want to play again on Saturday but that isn’t the case.
Wigham is pleased they have a break between the Chelmsford loss and their clash at home to Cantabrigians on April 7.
Cantabs are also a side battling to stay up and Romford’s head coach hopes this extra time to prepare will allow them to put in an improved display next time.
“In our planning we wanted this weekend off to give us time to recover from some knocks and niggles,” said Wigham.
“We have time to reassess where we are and what we need to do to get ourselves away from the chasing pack near the bottom. It’s definitely not a position I thought we’d be in, but not winning games and inconsistent displays is not helping the situation.”
Romford didn’t plan to be in the middle of a relegation battle heading into April, but the good thing is their future is still firmly in their own hands.