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)

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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.”

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