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Head coach warns Romford not to underestimate Cantabrigian

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 December 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham applauds his players (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham applauds his players (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The second-placed side are eager to end 2018 with two more victories

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham knows his team will have to outwork Cantabrigian if they are to win again on Saturday in the London Two North East.

Last weekend’s 29-7 success over South Woodham Ferrers on home soil saw them move to within one point of leaders Woodford ahead of the final two matches of 2018.

It has been a remarkable first half of the campaign, but this upcoming fixture at ninth-placed Cantabrigian will be far from straightforward.

Wigham said: “We know what they will offer and it’s all about how we deal with the challenges they will present to us.

“We will be working hard to get the game plan right to give us the best opportunity to win the game.

“The win will be the first thing and then we will look to see where we are from there (in terms of a bonus point).

“We know we are going to have to work really hard if we are to win this game.”

Ian Semain continued his fine form last weekend with a brace against South Woodham with Jamie Harbour, Jack Irvine and Karl Prestoe also crossing over.

The bonus-point victory helped Park move onto 43 points after 10 games with two left to play before Christmas.

After visiting Cantabrigian, Romford’s final fixture of 2018 will also be away and it is a tough one at Wanstead.

Injuries are starting to pile up, but Wigham wants Park to finish a memorable 12 months in style, adding: “We have two games to go before the Christmas break and we know what we have to do and that is to keep working hard and playing well.

“We have been unfortunate because we have lost our vice-skipper Aidan Mersh for a lengthy period of time. He will be off for a minimal of three months with a fractured eye socket.

“Ben Brewer is another who we will have to do without due to concussion, so that will put him out of action until after Christmas, but this has opened the door for others and it shows the strength in depth we now have.

“It’s still one game at a time and we have to make sure the focus is on that and only that.

“We need to keep our momentum going by putting in a good performance on Saturday and getting a win and we just need to keep doing the good things we have been doing.”

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