Steve wants more of same from Romford & Gidea Park

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 December 2015

Romford & Gidea Park's Mitchell Noyce charges for the line at Diss (pic: DNR Glover)

Romford & Gidea Park's Mitchell Noyce charges for the line at Diss (pic: DNR Glover)


Crow Lane outfit hoping for win in afternoon before having Christmas part at the club

A week after running the London Two North East leaders close, Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot is hoping his side can do the same again.

The Crow Lane outfit made the long trip to Diss on Saturday and were narrowly beaten 36-24, but picked up a losing bonus point for scoring four tries.

Diss were top of the division prior to that fixture, but have now been replaced at the summit by Saffron Walden.

Walden are the visitors to Crow Lane tomorrow (Saturday) looking for a sixth consecutive win, but Park are eyeing up success too.

Barfoot said: “It is another tough one, but we will take the game to them and we basically just need to do what we did against Diss really.

“Maybe we could have been a bit more clinical last weekend, but to get four tries was a good effort.

“Any team is beatable, as I said last week. It just depends on how we play and hopefully we give it a good go. I said to the players after Saturday’s game ‘as long as we enjoy it I don’t care what happens, just enjoy yourselves’.”

Romford will be having a party at the club after the match against the league leaders and Barfoot admits it would be fantastic if they could beat them.

But he would be happy with another strong performance and to see Park add to the 17 points they have already this season.

“It would be great to get the win,” added Barfoot. “We have our second team at home as well, so we are having a little Christmas party after the match.

“That is always good and it would be even better if we could get the victory against Saffron Walden or a bonus point just to make it an even better day.”

Optimism wasn’t too high ahead of Park’s trip to Diss last weekend with a number of their players unavailable for the match.

But the visitors managed to perform excellently and led for a spell during the second period.

Barfoot was proud of his team-mates and played for 65 minutes himself during the 12-point loss.

“It was a good performance, a good atmosphere going there and the lads played their hearts out to be honest,” he added. “We were unlucky not to get the win or the losing bonus point.”

Park wingers John Davies and Tony Carollo crossed over during the first half, but the away side were trailing the leaders by two points at the interval.

Barney Savill helped himself to a try after the break, before Carollo added another to his tally, but Diss finished strongly.

The hosts managed to run in a couple more tries to cement their success, but Park were positive and able to return home happy.

Barfoot added: “We were leading in the second half, but they had a bit more experience on the day.

“We made some mistakes and were guilty of a few knock-ons. Diss scored a few breakaway tries, but we were really happy with the performance. We had a couple of second team players involved and they did really well.

“That is all we can ask of people and we have some competition for places now. The lads that played at Diss did really well and we couldn’t have asked for any more.”

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