Park squad warned against complacency ahead of latest Harlow meeting

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 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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The two clubs last did battle in the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup on April 28

Romford & Gidea Park will renew acquaintances with Harlow once again on Saturday and director of rugby Steve Barfoot has urged his team to remain grounded.

The Crow Lane club have made a strong start to the new campaign and sit fourth in the London Two North East table with 10 points.

After losing narrowly at Saffron Walden on the opening day of the term, Park have bounced back to see off Wanstead and Basildon.

Saturday will see them welcome Harlow to Crow Lane and perhaps some revenge will be the order of the day after the visitors defeated Romford in the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup last season.

“It has been a great start, but we cannot afford to get carried away after only three games,” Barfoot said.

“We need to build on this and hopefully we can continue to get good numbers at training because that has been key.

“Every week we have 30-plus and you have two teams genuinely competing against each other, so it’s great.

“We are definitely going in the right direction and let’s wait and see where it takes us.”

Park showed the future looks bright by starting four teenagers in the 25-13 victory at new boys Basildon last time out.

Tom Medaglia, Tyler Ford, Jack Marron and Freddie Tarling were all included from the off, and they didn’t let Romford down.

Basildon made the better start, but tries from Micky James, Paul Webb and Marron put the away side in control with Ross Inwood kicking two conversions and two penalties.

Although the hosts grabbed a late score, Jordan Wigham and Barfoot’s team held out to secure another excellent win.

“We definitely have strength in depth and we have two good squads competing against one another in training now,” Barfoot added.

“At the weekend we gave first starts to several teenagers after they had impressed off the bench recently and they all did well and that’s what it’s about – bringing people through. It was really good to see.”

Romford will be back at Crow Lane on Saturday and Barfoot revealed: “We have a few injuries, but we have the squad to cope so we won’t worry about that.

“It is at home and winning our home games is always important. I feel if you win at home, you will be up there, so that’s what we want to keep doing.”

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