Romford lose crunch clash with Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 March 2015
London One North: Ipswich 50 Romford & Gidea Park 15
Romford & Gidea Park fell to another heavy defeat in London One North last weekend despite leading at one point against Ipswich.
Captain Steve Barfoot crossed over with eight minutes played to put his team 5-3 ahead, but it went downhill from there.
The visitors shipped seven tries at Humber Doucy Lane in a match that could potentially comeback to haunt Park if three teams are relegated this season.
Barfoot crossed over again in the second period and Teddie Duke added another late on, but Grant Henwood’s team lost 50-15.
Ipswich have now drawn level on points with Romford and with two matches remaining this campaign, the Crow Lane outfit may need a win to survive – if just two go down this year and not three.
Park’s cause on Saturday wasn’t helped by 32 players being unavailable for selection, but a positive was the return of Jack Ford after more than a year out through injury.
The hosts opened the scoring with a penalty after three minutes, but Barfoot replied going through a gap between the home defence to score.
However Ipswich hit back with 11 minutes on the clock and were successful with the conversion to make 10-5.
The strong wind was making it hard for Henwood’s team and they conceded another try in the 24th minute. The penalty was good too and put them 17-5 behind.
Unfortunately the home team used momentum from that try to run in another three before the break and it all but ended any chance the visitors had of coming away with success.
38-5 down at half time, they needed a strong start to the second period, but Ipswich broke their defence with seven minutes gone.
But Park started to regroup and Barfoot responded three minutes later with his second of the game after handing off his opponent.
That gave the away side hope of securing a losing bonus point if they got two more tries, but back came Ipswich shortly afterwards to go 50-10 up with 18 minutes left.
Romford were able to add another score to the board when Duke collected Ross Inwood’s cross-field chip, but they were unable to find a fourth try.
Dwayne Lyn also received a red card during the final exchanges of the match to compound Park’s sorry afternoon.
They are 12th in the table level on points with Ipswich, but with a healthy goal difference.
Romford & Gidea Park: Izatt, Dearman, A Catchpole, M Catchpole, O’Brien, Pearce, Lyn, Ford, Cameron, Duke, Lock, Webb, Barfoot, Howard, Reid.
Replacements: Falvey-Browne, Noyce, Inwood.
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