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PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 November 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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Head coach Jordan Wigham praised the calm nature of his squad after another tight victory

Jordan Wigham praised the mentality of his Romford & Gidea Park players after they held their nerve again to win narrowly in London Two North East last weekend.

Norwich visited Crow Lane on Saturday and after an up-and-down contest, it was the hosts who triumphed by a score of 33-31.

It was Park’s seventh win in a row and the third time they had picked up a victory by a tight margin after 24-21 wins over Ipswich and Wanstead earlier in the campaign.

“We have worked hard to stay in games and we know if we are close and stay close throughout the game, we have every opportunity to win,” Wigham said.

“Paul Cook and I have worked hard with the boys to develop skills to not panic when under pressure.

“On Saturday, working with Paul, we spoke about the fine margins and to see the boys clear out the errors to win the game was fantastic.”

Norwich, who are still fifth in the table despite the loss, provided a stern test of Park’s promotion credentials, but the home side come through.

Barney Savill, Aidan Mersh and Karl Prestoe crossed for tries while Jack MacVeigh impressed with the boot.

The full-back kicked all three conversions and four penalties during an excellent 18-point haul for the match.

Wigham added: “We were 21-10 down at one stage, so to come back and win it the way we did is a massive credit to the boys.

“If at the beginning of the season, you would have given us a 33-31 home win against Norwich, we definitely would have taken it.”

The result moved Park up to second in the standings, but they trail leaders Woodford by seven points after only eight matches this season.

The local clubs will do battle at Highams Park on Saturday week (November 17) for a mouth-watering league clash and Wigham is excited.

He said: “Every game gets bigger and bigger. Woodford are bang in form and playing well, so we will work hard on things which we know if we do well, will give us a chance of winning. It’s going to be a massive battle.”

Romford were due to be in RFU Intermediate Cup action this weekend, but are now no longer in the competition.

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