Wigham looking to make Stowmarket trip a day to remember for Park supporters

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 October 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wighan watches on during their London Two North East fixture with Harlow (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wighan watches on during their London Two North East fixture with Harlow (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Romford’s confidence is high after an impressive 24-21 victory at home to Ipswich last weekend

Jordan Wigham wants Romford & Gidea Park to reward the fans they will have supporting them at Stowmarket on Saturday with another London Two North East win.

The Crow Lane club are third in the table after triumphing in five of their six matches this season with only unbeaten sides Saffron Walden and Woodford in front of them heading into the winter months.

It has been a fantastic opening period to the campaign for Park, but if they are to come back from the market town with the goods, they must produce their best.

Head coach Wigham said: “We have set our objectives for this weekend. We know if we get them right, the boys battle until the end and believe in one another then we should be well within a chance to win the game.

“We have a big following coming to support, which will definitely help the boys and give them a bit more home comforts.”

This is set to be the first match between the clubs after the hosts won promotion last season, but the new boys are no mugs.

Stowmarket have won three out of six and only lost twice with an impressive 28-28 draw achieved at sixth-placed South Woodham Ferrers last weekend.

Romford know what to expect, however, Wigham added: “We know we are going to face a big team and one who have some key players in key positions.

“We are looking to take a strong side, even with suspensions and injuries, and it’s all about how we bring the players together and work to try to get the win.

“The challenge this weekend is our biggest yet, but each week the challenge will only get bigger and bigger.”

Park faced plenty of adversity last Saturday, but still managed to win 24-21 at home to Ipswich in a Crow Lane thriller.

The visitors raced into a 14-0 lead before Barney Savill was on hand to finish off a phase play, but although Jack MacVeigh kicked a successful conversion, he was soon sin-binned.

Romford, incredibly, failed to let it affect them and soon levelled as they were awarded a penalty try after props Karl Prestoe and Matt Holder had dominated a number of scrums.

It was all square at the break, but Park had the momentum now and tries from Ross Inwood and Dwayne Lyn put them in control.

A second yellow to MacVeigh set up a nervy finale, however, but a defiant Romford held on.

Wigham added: “We started off slowly and found ourselves behind 14-0, but we managed to nick a score and then had a yellow which didn’t affect us and allowed us to get back to 14-14 at half time.

“At the break, we spoke about doing the basics right and making sure we executed them well.

“We had to play a long period of the second half with 14-men and yet again we had to challenge ourselves, but we come up with a solution to get over the line.

“It’s all about culture, developing the right environment and having a common goal that is clear and runs through the squad and the club.

“We identified where we wanted to be and to be where we are is a mark of the hard work that’s been put in by the club, the coaches and most importantly the players.”

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