Park beaten at home and drop to second bottom
PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 April 2015
London One North: Romford & Gidea Park 17 Old Priorians 38
Romford & Gidea Park slipped to another defeat in the London One North and dropped to second bottom after Ipswich gained a losing bonus point at Luton.
Grant Henwood’s team needed to pick up some points when they welcomed Old Priorians to Crow Lane last weekend for their penultimate fixture of the campaign, but they were heavily beaten.
The visitors scored three first half tries and added another three after the break to earn an emphatic success.
Although Bamilele Coker and Barney Savill responded for Park they couldn’t get a fourth try, which would have been enough for a bonus point.
Old Priorians crossed over after 11 minutes for their first try, but it took nearly 20 more minutes for either side to trouble the scoreboard afterwards.
But 10 minutes before the interval the away team added a second try and shortly before the break they crossed over again to make it 17-0 at half time.
The visitors started the second period strongly too and added another to their tally before Grant Henwood’s team replied.
Coker went over in the left hand corner with eight minutes played in the second half, but the extras weren’t added.
Savill repeated the trick shortly afterwards to make the scoreline 24-10 before Old Priorians pulled further away.
They added two more tries in the space of three second half minutes to make the scoreline 38-10.
Park would have the final word, though, as a forward drive resulted in them going over for a third score of the afternoon.
Teddie Duke kicked the conversion, but Henwood’s team couldn’t cross over for a fourth time and fell to a 21-point defeat.
The Crow Lane outfit are second bottom on 25 points with Ipswich now one place above them.
Park have a marginally better goal difference so if they can achieve a positive result against Luton this weekend they could finish 12th in the table, and that could be enough to ensure they avoid relegation this season.
Romford & Gidea Park: Turner, Dearman, Wood, M Catchpole, A Catchpole, James, Brewer, O’Brien, Savill, Cameron, Coker, Duke, Harnet, Parr, Reid.
Replacements: Moughton, Webb, Isatt.
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