London Two North East: Steve Barfoot ‘over the moon’ with Romford & Gidea Park’s Crow Lane form despite his own kicking woes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 February 2017

Action from Romford & Gidea Park's trip to Holt (pic Stuart Young/Holt RFC)

Action from Romford & Gidea Park's trip to Holt (pic Stuart Young/Holt RFC)

Stuart Young

Director of rugby played his part in last weekend’s 35-20 success over Rochford Hundred, but failed to add the extras on any of their seven tries

Romford & Gidea Park’s director of rugby Steve Barfoot says he is chuffed with their form at Crow Lane this season, following another home win last weekend.

The hosts scored seven tries to defeat Rochford 35-20 and stay in fourth in London Two North East.

One of the reasons they are so high up in the table is their form at Crow Lane where they have only lost once in 10 games in all competitions this season.

“I was extremely happy on Saturday and it was another win at home, so we are making Crow Lane a fortress,” said Barfoot.

“The aim at the start of every season is to win most of your home games because that way you will do well.

“We have done that so far, so I’m over the moon with the way we have performed at Crow Lane.”

Romford’s ninth win at home in all competitions this season could have been by a wider margin, though.

Ian Semain and Rob Bundy both crossed over twice for the hosts with Charlie Wilkinson, Barney Savill and Mitchell Noyce also grabbing tries.

But Park were unable to convert any of those scores, although Barfoot was reluctant to criticise the kicker on the day.

“I was kicking, so I can’t be too disappointed with the fact we failed to add any extras,” he joked.

“Darrell Braiden pulled his hamstring recently, so we didn’t want him to take them and Jake Jones had a slight problem with his foot on Saturday.

“It was left to me and I missed every one, so I can’t exactly criticise anybody, but I’ll take any criticism that comes my way.”

The wasted conversions didn’t prove costly in the end and Romford can put their feet up this weekend with the league taking another break.

Barfoot and his players will have an eye on the Essex Intermediate Cup semi-final clash between Rochford and Harlow as the winner will face Romford in the final of the cup they won last season.

Barfoot added: “We have no game, so it is a chance to rest up and relax and enjoy the international rugby on the TV.

“We are still going to be training, but the players with injuries can put their feet up and recuperate.

“Hopefully by the time we next play, we have a few more people back to make selection more difficult.”

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