Romford & Gidea Park have no excuses after defeat
PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 October 2015
Steve Barfoot not impressed with performance at Rochford Hundred recently
Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot was not happy with his side after they were beaten 35-18 by Rochford Hundred last weekend, but is hoping their third loss of the London Two North East campaign was just a little blip.
The Crow Lane outfit were hoping to get some reward on their travels, but went behind early on.
A penalty from Jack MacVeigh and a converted try by Dwayne Lyn initially put them ahead, but they conceded again before the break to trail at half time.
Unfortunately, things couldn’t improve for Park after the restart and they suffered another loss.
MacVeigh scored a penalty after the interval and Bamidele Coker helped himself to a second try of the season, but Barfoot was far from happy with the team’s overall showing at Rochford.
He said: “We started well, but we just were not good enough to be honest. It is time to stop being nice about it. The first 10 to 15 minutes we were in the game and at half time we weren’t too far away, but we just didn’t show up.
“I am hoping it is a blip. We will say it was. The training session before the Rochford game wasn’t good enough, we had less than 10 turn up and you are not going to be winning matches if that happens.
“We have to forget about it now and we have two weeks of training sessions before we put it right.”
The quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup mean all teams take a break from action this weekend.
Barfoot will be watching a friendly that involves Romford second and third team players and wants them to impress.
“It is always nice to have the Saturday off and let the lads do what they have got to do,” he said.
“Hopefully it will increase their hunger and when they come back they are determined to do well.
“We have a second/third team match at Ilford this weekend so we will be going there to watch that.”
Although the training session before the Rochford game was poor, Romford’s most recent one was much better, according to Barfoot.
He hopes when they return on October 24 to face Campion, the players know their position is under threat if they don’t perform.
“We’ve had a few conversations and we had good numbers turn up for training on Tuesday so that needs to continue,” added Barfoot.
“We have a lot of players back now so hopefully that increases the competition because last weekend wasn’t good enough.”
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