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Romford manager Barfoot hoping home rule can help

PUBLISHED: 14:30 02 October 2015

Romford & Gidea Park's Steve Barfoot (centre) in action last season, but he isn't expected to take to the field this year (pic: DNR Glover).

Romford & Gidea Park's Steve Barfoot (centre) in action last season, but he isn't expected to take to the field this year (pic: DNR Glover).

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Park seeking to hit back after losing first match of the campaign last weekend

Romford & Gidea Park welcome Norwich to Crow Lane for their third match in the London Two North East tomorrow (Saturday) and Steve Barfoot believes home form could be key this season.

Park’s first team manager saw his team lose 20-3 to Sudbury in Suffolk after opening their campaign with an encouraging success against Cantabrigians.

But they will hope to bounce back on home soil against Norwich, even if they are missing some key players due to the World Cup.

Captain Micky James is set to attend a game this weekend with a number of his team-mates, but Barfoot is confident Park can cope.

He believes their performances at Crow Lane will go a long way to determining how they get on this season and hopes it can be a fortress for them.

“I think Norwich are probably used to the travelling now, they did it all last season so them being on the road shouldn’t play too much of a part in the game,” said Barfoot.

“We just need to focus on ourselves and do things right. We know if we are winning our home matches we are on the right track.

“You always have people missing the odd away game, but we do actually have four or five out for Saturday’s fixture.

“The boys coming in are more than good enough to replace them, but we are without our captain Micky, plus a few others because they are going to Wales to watch some of the rugby.

“I think a lot of sides will have that problem, people would have booked Rugby World Cup tickets well in advance.”

Even though Romford will be missing some key personnel, they will hope to get back to winning ways after losing at Sudbury.

It was a frustrating afternoon at the office for Barfoot and the watching Park coaches.

The hosts managed to score all their points in the first period.

It was always going to be a tough task for the visitors to respond and they could only manage a penalty from Jack MacVeigh.

Barfoot was disappointed with the final result at Whittome Field, adding: “We lost it in the first half.

“Sudbury scored all of their points during that time and we fought back after the break and stopped them getting any more points, but it wasn’t enough.

“They did us on the outside for their three tries, they couldn’t get through the middle, but to be honest we just didn’t show up in the first half and if we had, we might have got something from the match in the end.”

Romford will hope to start strongly against Norwich, though, especially considering the distance the visitors have to travel and be aiming to earn a second victory of the campaign since relegation to London Two North East.

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