Romford didn’t want another weekend off
PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 November 2015
Crow Lane first team manager reflects on third victory of the month and form of his youngsters
After earning a second win in three London Two North East matches, Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot admits his side would have liked to be playing again this weekend.
Instead, most clubs are taken a break before returning to action on December 5.
Park have the chance to rest up before a difficult away match at league leaders Diss.
But things are looking more positive at Crow Lane after an encouraging 27-15 success over Ipswich last Saturday.
“We would have preferred to play this weekend, but it is what it is,” said Barfoot.
“If we didn’t have the Rugby World Cup this might have been our first break of the season. It gives people the chance to rest.
“We go to Diss next time out and that is always a good trip. They are strong at home and I think we have only won once there in 10 years.
“But we have beaten them at our place a few times so we will see what happens up there.”
Romford ran in three tries last weekend at home to Ipswich to earn a third victory of the year.
Paul Bradley and Mitchell Smith crossed over in the first half and Jack MacVeigh slotted both conversions successfully.
MacVeigh was forced off with an injury, though, so Matt Lindsay took over the kicking duties.
He hit two penalties in the second period and added the extras after Nick Reid helped himself to a try.
It was enough to earn Park a 12-point win and see them move up to eighth in the table with 16 points from eight matches this season.
Barfoot added: “I wasn’t actually at the game, I was away, but I have spoken to a few people and by all accounts the lads played well.
“I believe we played some of our best rugby of the season, which is really encouraging.
“Obviously we still have things to work on, but we are sort of getting there now and the lads are turning up for training more regularly.”
The form of Bradley has helped Park improve in recent weeks and Barfoot also praised 18-year-old centre Lindsay.
Both played a key role in Romford defeating Ipswich on Saturday and Barfoot was happy.
“When Paul is properly fit, we are a completely different side. He is a strong ball runner and reads the game really well,” he added.
“It was good to hear that Matt stepped up to take over the kicking against Ipswich. It is nice to have some back-up in that area and it was only his second match for us.
“Matt’s only 18-years-old, the same as Jack, but played centre and did well on Saturday by all accounts. He did his job and showed good character by taking over the kicking duties.”
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