We must beat Basildon to kick-start campaign says Park captain Barfoot
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 November 2015
Crow Lane outfit will face basement boys of the division on Saturday hoping to end run of four consecutive defeats
Romford & Gidea Park first team manager Steve Barfoot believes his side need to defeat Basildon this weekend in London Two North East to kick-start their campaign.
After relegation from London One North last year, the Crow Lane outfit began the new season well by beating Cantabrigian 38-19 on the opening day.
But they have lost the four matches they have played since, including a 11-9 home defeat to rivals Campion on October 24.
Barfoot put his boots back on for that match and although he is only on the bench this weekend, he insists the team must achieve a successful result at home to get their campaign back on track.
He said: “I feel like it is a must-win match because we need to turn our season around, but that is only my point of view.
“It is nice to be at home again and we have a chance to put things right after last time. Campion didn’t win that game, we lost it.
“That match is in the past now and we have had a few of the older lads come back to try and help us out again recently.
“I played against Campion and on Saturday I’ll be on the bench, we will see what happens going forward. I will always have a taste for it, but waking up on a Sunday and not being able to move is the problem really!”
The domestic rugby campaign had another break last weekend with the Rugby World Cup final taking place at Twickenham.
Park only played twice in October and Barfoot hopes a more consistent run of fixtures will prove beneficial.
The Crow Lane outfit will play six more league games this year before another break for Christmas after December 19.
Barfoot added: “I think the two weekends off in October should be beneficial for us in the long run. Training hasn’t been outstanding of late, but I guess it has given people time to rest up and get their injuries right. It’s been a positive in that sense.
“Last week, because we didn’t have a game on the Saturday, people had other things to do and training wasn’t great.
“But on Tuesday we had 25 to 30 people show up, so that was much better and hopefully that carries on so we can pick a match-day squad from that selection of players.”
With that many people available, Park will have a good chance of getting back to winning ways this weekend against the division’s bottom club.
Basildon have lost all five of their games this season and Barfoot is keen for his men to get a positive result on home soil this weekend.
He said: “We need a win to boost everybody’s confidence and it could act as a kick-start for our season.
“After that we have an away match with Holt, so that’s a good trip, but first things first, we need to beat Basildon.”
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