Romford are struggling to halt losing streak admits Barfoot

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 January 2016

Romford & Gidea Park's Steve Barfoot on the attack (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park's Steve Barfoot on the attack (pic: DNR Glover)


After getting his boots on last weekend, Park’s first team manager is hoping he isn’t required on Saturday

Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot admits his young side are struggling to halt their losing run at the moment.

They haven’t tasted success in London Two North East since beating Ipswich 27-15 on November 21 at Crow Lane.

Rochford Hundred visit this weekend and another difficult encounter is expected.

Park have only achieved three wins all season – they have lost their 10 other league matches.

On Saturday it was hoped they could potentially pull off a surprise at Norwich, considering their poor form, but the home team sealed a 44-3 triumph.

Barfoot said: “It is just very disappointing at the minute. They are young lads so it is about sticking in there right now.

“It is hard to get out of a losing streak, but we need to keep giving everything we can. We have Rochford this weekend and they are flying high so that is going to be another tough match.”

Rochford are fourth in the standings having won their last four games and they came out on top in the previous meeting with Park, 35-18, on October 10.

Veteran Barfoot had his boots back on for the clash with Norwich, but they should have enough players to select from this weekend, so that he isn’t required.

“I am hoping we have a lot more people available. We picked a team at training on Tuesday and want all those players there on Saturday,” added Barfoot.

“The squad we took to Norwich was actually good enough to win the game, but it isn’t happening for us right now and it is hard to say exactly why.”

Even though Norwich earned a routine success last weekend, it wasn’t always easy as a Jack MacVeigh penalty made it 3-3.

Norwich only scored their third try of the afternoon minutes before the break as Romford had been competing well up until that point, but their heads dropped in the second period and they finished up badly beaten.

Barfoot was frustrated with the display, adding: “It was close early on, but it is very disappointing. Again our heads dropped and they couldn’t get picked up.

“This weekend it will be tough against Rochford and we just need to try and take the game to them.

“We actually do that every week, we always seem to start well for the first 20 minutes and then it goes to pot from there, but we will give our all again on Saturday.”

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