London Two North East: Steve Barfoot hoping Romford & Gidea Park can ease survival fears with away win at Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 March 2018
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The Crow Lane club were without a fixture last weekend after their derby clash with Old Cooperians was called off just before kick-off
Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot has told his players they need to try and win their last four games this season in London Two North East, writes George Sessions.
The Crow Lane club are sixth in the table on 37 points, but only five ahead of third-from-bottom Cantabrigian heading into the final few weeks of the campaign.
Park have a game in hand over most clubs in the division, but that won’t be easy against local rivals Old Cooperians – who are also battling to survive.
It places greater importance on Saturday’s clash at eighth-placed Chelmsford, who have 34 points from their 19 fixtures this season.
Barfoot said: “We are looking forward to the weekend. We haven’t played for a while, so everyone is champing at the bit.
“Chelmsford are quite close to us in the table now and it is a big game, so we need the points.”
Romford have their future in their own hands and their final four fixtures are against sides in the lower reaches of the table.
After visiting Chelmsford on Saturday, Park will play host to Cantabrigian on April 7, travel to struggling Woodford on April 14 and finish the campaign away to rivals Old Cooperians.
“Unfortunately the last four games of the season have turned into must-wins,” said Barfoot.
“It all starts with Saturday. If we can win at Chelmsford we will have more confidence and then hopefully we can finish strongly.
“Hopefully everyone is looking forward to it. We just need to go there and get the win.”
Park were aiming to claim local bragging rights last Saturday at Old Cooperians, but the ‘Beast from the East II’ saw the fixture postponed just before kick-off.
Both captains had to agree the conditions were playable and Romford skipper Aidan Mersh decided it wasn’t.
“It was a late postponement, but I think it should have been called off earlier and it is just one of those things,” said Barfoot.
“There was snow on the pitch, you had 40mph winds and it was freezing cold and that is not rugby conditions. It came down to the captains and my captain (Aidan Mersh) didn’t want to play and I back him all the way.”
Barfoot added: “We did have a strong team available and wanted to play, but the conditions weren’t right. I think it should have been called off at 9am, but they tried their best and now we’ll have to get it played on April 21.
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