Wigham hoping to see 80-minute display at Basildon

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The head coach at Crow Lane discussed the importance of performing for the whole match

Jordan Wigham wants Romford & Gidea Park to put in a complete performance on Saturday at Basildon in the London Two North East.

Last weekend, the Crow Lane club held off a late charge by local rivals Wanstead to claim a 24-21 win on home soil.

Park were dominant for the opening 50 minutes and then switched off and invited the visitors back into the game.

Even though Basildon have lost their first two matches, head coach Wigham is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “They are new to the division, but come with some big credentials as a big scrummaging side, so we will have to be on our game when it comes to that department.

“We really need to focus on playing for the full 80 minutes if we are to win again this weekend.”

Basildon have already had one home game this season and they produced a decent performance in a 36-20 defeat to Woodford.

Last time out, on Saturday, they went down 20-7 away to South Woodham Ferrers, but back at Gardiners Close this weekend, they will provide Romford with a tough test.

Park’s head coach certainly expects that to be the case with Kris Chesney, a Saracens legend, coaching the forwards at Basildon.

Wigham said: “With former international Kris Chesney at the helm, you know full well they will be looking to win at home.

“We need to be fully focused on the game and right the wrongs from the match with Wanstead and try to turn them into strengths of ours.

“Everyone knows if we give away as many penalties as we did last weekend, we will be punished at some point.”

Although Romford could have performed better last Saturday, they did still earn a fine victory over Wanstead.

Ian Semain’s brace of tries, plus seven points from the boot of full-back Jack MacVeigh, put Park in control at half time.

Dwayne Lyn’s early second half score extended Romford’s lead to 24-6, but Wanstead hit back in the final 30 minutes.

Wigham’s men held on, but he was far from happy, adding: “We had full control of the game.

“Then for some reason we went away from the game plan that had given us a stranglehold on the contest.

“A massive amount of penalties given away in the second half nearly cost us the game, but a massive defensive display by the boys got us over the line.

“Some absolute fantastic tackles were put in by man of the match Ben Brewer and the back row of Ian Semain, Dwayne Lyn, Billy Nelson and replacement Tommy Shepard were all instrumental in a solid defence which eventually won us the game.”

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