Romford return empty-handed again
PUBLISHED: 17:22 17 February 2015
London 1N: Chingford 26 Romford & GP 12
Understrength Romford returned empty-handed from their rearranged trip to high-flying Chingford, despite dominating the scrum and territory for the most part.
Well beaten by leaders Colchester in their previous league outing, Park had put on an improved display against Southend in a midweek floodlit cup match.
And their mixture of youth and experience gave a good account of themselves again, only to pay for critical missed tackles that allowed the hosts to score against the run of play.
Chingford opened the scoring on six minutes after a breakaway on the left led to a try under the posts and a simple conversion.
The home side went over again on 16 minutes, wide on the left, to move 12-0 up and added another converted score with four minutes left in the half.
Park lost second row Matt Catchpole to injury, but rallied and forced a series of attacking five-metre scrums before getting themselves on the scoreboard in injury time.
Scrum-half Barney Savill charged the ball down at a scrum, which nearly led to a try, before picking up from the base of another scrum to find fly-half Teddie Duke, who fed George Robertson for a diving score in the corner.
The visitors continued to enjoy the upper hand in the scrum after the restart, but were hit by more injuries.
Chingford attacked on the right to score their fourth try on 57 minutes, but Park continued to battle until the end and got some reward when captain Stephen Barfoot crashed over and Duke converted.
It was little consolation, though, and Park face a tough test at Eton Manor this weekend.
Park: Wood, Kennedy, T Lawrence, M Catchpole, A Catchpole, Pearce, Lynn, O’Brien, Savill, Duke, Robertson, Barfoot, Webb, Coker, Reid. Replacements: Booysen, Noyce, Dearman.
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