Search

Redfern says Woodford will be buoyed by seeing lead grow

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 November 2018

Woodford players huddle together (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Woodford players huddle together (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Highams club won 27-20 at Cantabrigians last Saturday

Tom Redfern says Woodford will be buoyed for Saturday’s trip to South Woodham Ferrers in London Two North East by seeing their lead at the top grow.

A victory for the Highams club at Cantabrigians, coupled with a loss for nearest rivals Saffron Walden at Ipswich, saw them move six points clear at the summit.

It means Woodford will remain top of the standings for at least another week, regardless of what happens this weekend.

But rather than get too carried away with their advantage at such an early stage in the season, head coach Redfern knows the Highams must continue to diligently go about their business.

“Looking at the table after Saturday, it was a bit of a surprise to see us lead by six points,” said Redfern.

“Nothing has changed; the focus is on us and if we continue to win games, then the pressure is on those below us to win as well. If they don’t, then our lead will continue to grow.”

At South Woodham this Saturday, Woodford will be hoping to make it eight bonus-point wins from eight in the league this term.

The Highams club will start as the favourites for Saturday’s game with their hosts currently eighth in the table, but Redfern feels that may be a false position.

“It’s a competitive league and there’s only a win separating South Woodham from Norwich in fifth,” he added.

“Because it is so tight, we won’t read much into their position in the table.

“We know that South Woodham are a physical team, so we’ll prepare for that accordingly.”

A brace of tries from Matt Farrington helped Woodford make history last weekend with their first-ever victory away to Cantabs, triumphing 27-20.

And Redfern was delighted his team were able to come out of what proved to be a testing afternoon smiling.

“Cantabs tested us and tried to disrupt our game, so it was pleasing to see the players adapt to the situation well,” he said.

“We showed a different side to our game, but we know our performance could have been better.”

Latest Ilford Stories

54 minutes ago

Essex Senior League: Stanway Rovers 4 Ilford 2

09:00

Essex Senior League: Leyton Athletic 2 Redbridge 2

08:00

South East Counties Under 16s Championship: London 3 Essex 4

16 minutes ago

A man arrested on suspicion of murder after a pregnant mother was fatally shot with a crossbow in her Newbury Park home has been remanded in custody.

39 minutes ago

Fans of stage, film and TV music are in for a treat when Fairlop Brass present a lively afternoon concert at the Kenneth More Theatre to round off 12 months the band has spent celebrating its golden anniversary.

The owners of an Ilford kebab house and European food shop will have to fork out a combined total £5,863 after being caught fly-tipping.

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 17:23

Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that Redbridge residents brave enough to run the London Marathon will be throwing themselves into training.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now