Romford return to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 16:04 13 November 2010

Cup success lifts Collins

Romford coach Mark Collins was delighted to see his side bounce back to winning ways in the Intermediate Cup.

A 32-27 success over Hammersmith & Fulham lifted spirits ahead of Park’s league trip to Rochford and Collins said: “I’ve got a few selection headaches and a few will be upset.

“I was very pleased to get a result against Hammersmith & Fulham. They were unbeaten and it gives us a good boost going into Rochford.

“Hopefully we can go there and do a job, but we know it’s going to be difficult.”

Park gave Dan Harnett his first start, but fell behind after eight minutes to a try in the corner, which was converted.

Louis Stevens replied with a penalty, but a turnover in midfield led to a second try in the corner for the visitors.

Jack Ford touched down for the hosts, but Hammersmith claimed their third try from a scrum to move 17-8 up after 24 minutes.

“They were very organised and it was a quick flowing game,” said Collins. “It was 100mph pace. If you took your foot off, somebody would score.”

A blindside move from a scrum, led to a Jamie Harbour try, which Stevens converted to cut the gap to two.

And good lineout work set up a score in the corner for Phil Stockton as Park edged 20-17 ahead.

Hammersmith missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but regained the lead when a crossfield kick led to a try in the corner.

Play continued to swing from end to end and the visitors moved seven points clear when taking advantage of a kind bounce to run in their fifth try.

But Park rallied and Charlie Wilkinson went over after some good rucking, before the returning Lu Sarkus stretched out an arm close to the line to touch the ball against the post for a try, which Stevens converted.

“It was a very good game of rugby,” said Collins.

“Even if we had lost, I would’ve been pleased with the performance. We were back to what we were doing. Our structure was good all day, but we could’ve held on to the ball a bit more.

“We dominated the tackle areas, breakdown and scrum and took our chances.

“We had our crown knocked off the other week and this time it was their turn!” he added.

Park were handed an away tie at Old Reigatians in the next round.

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