London Two North East: Steve Barfoot seeks final day success against Woodford, but happy with Romford & Gidea Park’s campaign
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 April 2017
Crow Lane outfit conclude league campaign with clash against local rivals and are seeking to end with another victory on their own turf
Romford & Gidea Park’s director of rugby Steve Barfoot believes it will be a good season for the club regardless of whether they finish third or fourth in London Two North East.
The Crow Lane outfit host local rivals Woodford tomorrow (Saturday) looking to end the league campaign with a win, which would give them a chance of finishing third.
Park are currently fourth – one spot and four points behind Cantabrigian, who travel to Old Cooperians this weekend, so Barfoot could do with their old adversaries doing them a favour.
He said: “It is what it is. I am happy with where we are in the table and it has been a good season if we finish fourth.
“Coming third would be a bonus, but I am pleased with how we have done this year, regardless of what happens this weekend.”
Romford have one more match to play after this Saturday, as they take on league rivals Rochford Hundred in the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup on April 22.
But tomorrow’s encounter is Park’s last for the season at Crow Lane and Barfoot is determined for them to end with a win after an excellent year on their own turf.
“We want to finish our home campaign on a high and we will be going out all guns blazing against Woodford,” he added.
“Before the game we are putting on a lunch, so we should get a decent crowd and it will be a good day for everybody involved.
“It is our final league match of the season and we have to make sure we go out there and get the job done.”
There is an element of revenge on the minds of the Romford players after losing 16-11 at Woodford on the opening day of the campaign back on September 10.
A lot has changed since then, however, with Park making big strides over the last seven months to suggest the future looks bright for the Crow Lane club.
“I have been pleased with our progress and especially since Christmas because it does feel like everyone has bought into what we want to do,” said Barfoot.
“Looking ahead to this weekend, Woodford beat us on the first day and we didn’t play well, so we would like to right some of those wrongs.
“Everyone is available on Saturday funnily enough, so it should be a good entertaining match, but we can’t take anything for granted. We have to stick to the game plan and perform on the day.”
Romford were missing a number of players away at Cantabrigian last weekend, but managed to produce a fine showing and claim a battling 24-24 draw.
Neil Davies, 41, made his first appearance for the first team in seven years, while Barfoot called on the help of several other experienced professionals at the club.
Tries from Jake Jones, Ian Semain, Barfoot and Barney Savill earned Park a share of the spoils despite trailing 24-14 with 10 minutes to go to keep them in with a chance of taking third place.
Park’s director of rugby added: “The good thing at the moment is the boys don’t stop and they never let our heads down, so that’s pleasing.
“We know we are capable of beating any team in this league and I was pleased we got a couple of points at Cantabrigian.
“It was a very good game and the boys dug in well because we were 10 points behind with 10 minutes to go.
“We showed great spirit to fight back and get a decent draw against a strong side, so it was very pleasing.”
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