Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern chasing another upset against side near top of London Two North East at Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 March 2018

A Woodford player clears his lines earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Woodford player clears his lines earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Highams club back in action for first time since February 17 this weekend

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern is confident his team can pick up another win against a side near the top of London Two North East when they visit Sudbury on Saturday.

The Highams club are still battling to beat the drop in the league, but make the trip to the team currently second in the standings this weekend.

However, in their last match in the league, Woodford were able to record a 41-34 success at Harlow, who sit fifth.

And Redfern is hoping for a similar result on Saturday to give the Highams club a boost in their fight to beat the drop.

“We know Sudbury are near the top of the table, but so are Harlow and we won there,” he said.

“We have the ability to score points, so hopefully we can perform against Sudbury and use that to kick on over the four games after it.

“The four games after the Sudbury match are all game we feel are winnable, especially if we can continue playing like we have been.”

While Woodford were triumphant in their last match in the league, that came on February 17.

A scheduled break from league action and last week’s cold weather means the Highams club will have not played for three weeks heading into Saturday’s match.

Last week would have been especially frustrating for Woodford, with the cold weather having also disrupted training.

But Redfern knows the situation was similar for most clubs across the country and that it is something the Highams club just had to deal with.

“It’s not been easy, but it has been the same for everyone and we’ll look to carry the confidence we had from beating Harlow into the game with Sudbury,” he added.

With a long break between games, any momentum Woodford generated from beating Harlow in their last game may have been checked.

But Redfern was quick to allay those fears, saying: “The boys are still feeling really good and there is a great vibe around the squad,” he added.

“The seconds have been playing well too, which has added to the momentum and the confidence within the club on the whole.”

Redfern will hope to add to Woodford’s confidence with a positive result at Sudbury.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News


Redbridge put themselves right back into the thick of the title race with a come-from-behind win at Theobalds Lane.

National League: Eastleigh 0 Leyton Orient 0


West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady has issued a public apology for the club’s problems on and off the pitch and said the board takes full responsbility for the Hammers’ predicament.

Yesterday, 17:00

Former Birmingham City youngster has become a regular fixture in starting XI for Daggers in recent weeks


Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now