Wigham backs Romford to deliver ‘massive display’ and grab win in opening match

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 September 2018

Romford & Gidea Park players huddle together last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford & Gidea Park players huddle together last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Crow Lane club looking to get campaign off to a flyer on Saturday

Head coach Jordan Wigham believes Romford & Gidea Park can signal their intent in London Two North East this season with a victory in their opening game at Saffron Walden on Saturday, writes Ned Keating.

The Crow Lane club have been handed a difficult assignment on the opening day of a new term, visiting a team relegated from London One North last term.

Like Romford, Walden will be looking for an opening-day win as they look to secure an immediate return to the higher level.

But Wigham has faith the Crow Lane club can triumph this weekend and collect a result he believes will show their rivals they mean business this term.

“Saffron Walden were a good side when they were promoted a few seasons ago. They have a new set up and new coaches so it will be a tough place to go,” said Wigham.

“We have the belief we can beat anyone home or away this year and would love to go there and get a win.

“There won’t be many teams that go there and get the win, so we are hoping for a massive performance away from home.”

Romford will want to get the new term off to a winning start this season as they look to avoid a repeat of their relegation battle last term.

They had to scrap hard in the final weeks to stay up, but stay up they did.

And Wigham believes the team will have learned a lot from that experience and is confident it will help in the coming months of the new term.

“Last season was a good learning experience and showed what it takes to survive, be competitive and win in this league,” he added.

“The standard of London Two North East is decent and we must be on our game every week.

“Last season was all about rebuilding and creating an environment which was different both and on and off the field.

“We were not expecting things to be as close as they were come the end of the season, but we know the work, culture and philosophy we put in place played a massive part in getting the results we needed to stay up.”

* Additional reporting by George Sessions.


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