Romford seek more home comforts when Ipswich visit Crow Lane
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 October 2018
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After success in the RFU Intermediate Cup, Jordan Wigham and Steve Barfoot now have some tough decisions to make
Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham has a nice selection problem ahead of Saturday’s home game with Ipswich in the London Two North East.
The Crow Lane club made it through to the next round of the RFU Intermediate Cup following a 32-5 victory over Beckenham last weekend.
Wigham revealed ahead of the tie he would be rotating his squad and would have been delighted with the end result on home soil.
Beckenham visited Park top of the London Two South East and unbeaten, but their changed side struggled to cope at a sunny Crow Lane.
Romford played a number of youngsters and saw them catch the eye while centre Matt Lindsay made a welcome return to the club.
Sam Richards and Conor Deasy acquitted themselves well as Park showed they have the squad depth to potentially challenge on more than one front this season.
Wigham and Steve Barfoot saw their group race into a 17-0 lead at the break helped slightly by a strong wind.
New recruit number eight Bradley Bosman spearheaded the first-half action with two well-taken tries early on.
He also gifted second row Pete O’Brien a try while Jake Irvine added one conversion during an excellent opening 40 at Crow Lane.
Impressively, Park failed to let up after the restart and although Beckenham come out more determined, the visitors only crossed over on one occasion.
Meanwhile, O’Brien added another try to take his tally for the game to two and Karl Prestoe, playing in the unaccustomed role of hooker. managed to deservedly get himself on the scoresheet.
The try-scoring from Park was wrapped up by full-back Matt Taylor as the home side made it through to the next round with an emphatic win.
After giving opportunities to some youngsters plus other players on the fringes of the first-team, Wigham and club director of rugby Barfoot will now have to decide who they pick for the visit of Ipswich.
Even though the Suffolk club are ninth, they have won two of their five games this term and won at Cantabrigian on the opening day.
Yet given Park’s form during the opening weeks of the campaign, they will target more success on home turf this weekend.