Wigham believes Romford & Gidea Park can win at rivals Woodford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2018

A Romford & Gidea Park player goes over for a try at Crow Lane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

A Romford & Gidea Park player goes over for a try at Crow Lane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The head coach at Crow Lane praised the work of opposite number Tom Redfern ahead of this weekend’s big clash

The top two clubs in the London Two North East go head-to-head on Saturday and while Romford & Gidea Park will be underdogs away to rivals Woodford, they believe they can cause an upset.

Jordan Wigham’s team are second in the table with 33 points after eight matches following seven wins and a single defeat this season.

Woodford are the only club to boast a better record in the league and they have been perfect so far with eight wins from eight.

It means the home side will be favourites at Highams, but Park head coach Wigham is excited for the derby battle this weekend.

He said: “We know it’s going to be a very hard game and with both sides in good form, it’s going to be about who wants it more and who makes the least mistakes.

“We know where we are strong and we know where we have to work double as hard, but if we are able to out work Woodford in all areas of the game then we will have a chance to beat them.

“They have the home advantage and will undoubtedly have a big crowd, which will get behind them, so this all makes them the favourites, but our job is to stay focused and block that out and if we do that, you never know what could happen.”

Both teams go into the fixture following a weekend off, so they should be fresh for this top of the table clash.

Wigham was hopeful it would give everyone in the squad a boost after a demanding couple of months and it proved the case.

He added: “The weekend off gave the boys time to recharge their bodies and to enjoy some time away.

“It gave people the opportunity to take their mind off the next block of games and the hope was when we started training this week we were recharged and in a good place and it proved the case.

“Training was good and there was a great buzz about the place. We worked hard on certain areas of our game where we know we will have to be at our best on Saturday.”

Last season the two clubs had to win their final matches of the campaign to avoid relegation with Woodford seeing off Park 40-38 at Highams on April 14 before Wigham’s men bounced back the following weekend to win 22-19 at Old Cooperians.

Now the rivals are fighting at the opposite end of the table, but there is still plenty riding on the fixture.

Despite both finishing in the bottom half last season, Wigham is not surprised to see Tom Redfern’s Woodford at the summit.

“The game we had with them at the end of last season was fantastic and a real up-and-down fixture,” Park’s head coach said.

“I know they have a very good coaching set up and I am not surprised they are having a good season.”

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