Park push for super six

PUBLISHED: 18:21 22 October 2010

Leaders return from break

ROMFORD & Gidea Park return to London Two North East action after a free weekend with a home game against Braintree tomorrow (Saturday).

And coach Mark Collins wants them to pick up from where they left off as his table-toppers go in search of a sixth straight win.

“I never count my chickens, but six in a row would be nice,” said Collins.

“It’s a cliche but we’ve got to take each game as it comes. Braintree will be another tough game - we’ve got some very hard games on the trot at Saffron Walden and Rochford.

“We’ve had some down time but had another good team-bonding session with Kevin McAplin.

“We had a light training session last Thursday, but we’ll step it up now.”

Collins watched Park’s 2nd XV run out 38-12 winners at Chingford in the Essex Cup last weekend and was delighted with what he saw.

“Lee Moughton and Mark Upwood gave us good experience in the pack and young Mark Jackson did very well,” he said.

“Danny Arnott and Nicky Reed also played very well and those three youngsters will now be registered for first-team action, that’s how impressed I was.

“Darryl Braiden and Jake Ellis really ticked at 9 and 10 and there were some good tries scored.

“Glen Jackson and Connor O’Sullivan also did well and I was very impressed. It was a nice surprise.”

OLD COOPERIANS 2nd XV got the better of Westcliff 4ths in the Merit Table.

Past captains Niall Kelly and Danny Dawes gave the side some experience, along with prop Chris Nicholls.

Adam Felgate’s early try was converted by Sam Nicholls, who added a penalty soon after.

Kieran Kavanagh also touched down before the break to make it 15-0 and, after Westcliff replied with a try in the corner, Michael Muscat broke away late on to seal a 20-5 victory.

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