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Park’s perfect start ends

PUBLISHED: 19:33 30 October 2010

Romford lose 100 per cent record

Romford & Gidea saw their 100 per cent start to the London Two North East season come to an end in a 17-15 defeat against Braintree.

And, although coach Mark Collins felt they only had themselves to blame for defeat, he praised Park’s spirit.

“We shot ourselves in the foot, dropping four over the line. We should’ve won it in the first half,” he said.

“But we kept battling until the end, even though things were going against us. Unfortunately we didn’t come up with the goods but credit to the boys.

“It’s a lesson learned. We’ve got to take opportunities, but the beauty of the new points system is you play until the end.

“We get one point for keeping it within seven and there’s no major damage done. We’re still in touch with Rochford.”

Park took the lead in the 27th minute when Joe Howard stepped inside and sent Tom Joslin over in the corner.

And, after Braintree ran a try under the posts, which was converted, Lu Sarkus produced a good break before Joslin and Matt Phillips combined to put John Davies over for a 10-7 half-time lead.

Park lost Jon Mason to a hamstring injury after the restart and Braintree regained the lead with a try from a catch and drive lineout move.

Then, after Joe Howard broke up a 3-on-1, the visitors moved seven points clear with a try in the corner.

Davies claimed his second score of the game after Park produced quick ruck ball, but the hosts could not find a matchwinning score.

“We tried to do too much at times and over-complicated it,” added Collins, whose side visit Saffron Walden tomorrow, having been handed a home tie against Hammersmith & Fulham in the Intermediate Cup next month.


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