Barfoot impressed with buzz at Park after another league victory

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2018

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park director of rugby Steve Barfoot (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Crow Lane outfit made it two wins from three last weekend with an away triumph at Basildon

Steve Barfoot praised the composure of Romford & Gidea Park after they claimed a 25-13 win at Basildon in the London Two North East on Saturday.

The director of rugby at Crow Lane didn’t get to Gardiners Close for kick-off, but he did see most of the encounter and was impressed with their display.

Basildon took an early lead, but Micky James crossed over before half time and then second half tries from Paul Webb and Jack Marron earned Park a deserved victory.

“I got there late as I had a few things to sort out and we were 8-0 down, but even then the boys seemed to have things under control,” Barfoot said.

“We managed to get a try just before half time and from then on we never looked like losing. There is a nice buzz around the place at the moment.”

Even though the season is only three games old, Romford have made a strong start and have 10 points to their name.

It places them fourth in the standings and as Barfoot noted, there is a good feeling at Crow Lane currently.

Saturday’s victory over Basildon boosted Park’s spirits after they had got the better of Wanstead by a 24-21 score on September 15.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges in Essex and went 8-0 ahead thanks to a solitary try and penalty.

Romford slowly gained a stranglehold on the fixture and captain James went over for a converted try before Ross Inwood added a late penalty to make it 10-8 to the away side at the break.

After the restart, Park took full advantage of the Basildon pack tiring by producing some excellent rugby.

Webb and Marron grabbed deserved tries for Romford and it was just reward for the latter, who had earlier made two excellent try-saving tackles in the corner,

Jordan Wigham and Barfoot had handed first starts to teenagers Tom Medaglia, Tyler Ford, Freddie Tarling and Marron and all caught the eye.

Basildon did managed to grab a late consolation try, but it failed to dampen the spirits of the visitors come full time.

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