Romford must start stronger says Steve

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 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).


Poor first half display cost Park more points against Norwich

Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot is positive about their chances in London Two North East this weekend when they make the trip to face Rochford Hundred.

The Crow Lane outfit go into the encounter after suffering their second loss of the campaign at home to Norwich on Saturday.

It was a spirited second-half performance, though, and Park took positives from the 25-18 loss.

They will take on a Rochford team tomorrow (Saturday) that has a similar record to Romford this year and Barfoot expects a close match.

The last time these two sides did battle was back in the London One North campaign of 2012/13 and it was tight.

Barfoot said: “We have Rochford this weekend. That is a nice little journey, only 40 minutes depending on the traffic of course.

“We haven’t played them for a good couple of seasons now. Last time we did it was towards the end of the year and we won 45-42 at their place.

“I would expect it to be another good, exciting game, but it will be tough as usual because they all are in this division.”

After facing Rochford, Romford and their rivals will have a break for a week before league play resumes on October 24.

Barfoot believes the early signs are encouraging and that this campaign could be a successful one after last season’s relegation.

Romford were close to beating high-flying Norwich last weekend, but ultimately fell short. Scrum-half Barney Savill scored their first try of the match, which Jack MacVeigh converted.

MacVeigh added two penalties before Bamidele Coker crossed, but it wasn’t enough and Romford suffered a frustrating loss at their Crow Lane home.

Barfoot added: “Norwich were a very strong team and good up front, but we were a bit naive. We let them play how they wanted to and didn’t follow the game plan. It wasn’t a good match.

“They got the first two tries and we came back before half time. Our second-half performance was a positive, but also a negative I guess.

“In the last two games we haven’t started playing until after the break and we are just leaving too much for ourselves to do. We are giving away easy tries.”

Barfoot believes his side can be successful this season and insists Romford can beat Rochford this weekend, but they need to start the game strongly.

If Park can triumph, it would see them go into the break with two wins and two losses from their opening four matches.

“If we start well we should be able to win the game,” added Barfoot. “You can tell by the way we are playing in the second half that we are a good side, we just need to sort out the first-half performance and we’ll be fine.”

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