Redfern delighted as Woodford pull further clear at top with latest win
PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 November 2018
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Highams club beat South Woodham Ferrers 33-17 on Saturday
Woodford extended their lead at the top of London Two North East for the second week in succession with a 33-17 win at South Woodham Ferrers — and head coach Tom Redfern hopes his team can continue stretching their advantage in the coming weeks.
The Highams club moved seven points clear at the top of the standings with their latest success, with Romford & Gidea Park now their closest challengers.
Tries from Rellon McRae, Alfie Curness, Luke Austin, Tom Hemmings and Matt Farrington saw Woodford make it eight bonus-point wins from eight this term.
And Redfern was delighted to see the Highams club strengthen their grip on top spot with another fine win.
“A by-product of playing well is that your lead tends to extend, which has happened the last couple of weeks,” he said.
“We’ll keep the focus on our performance as always in the hope that gets us the results to keep extending our lead.”
“We’re pleased with the performance compared to last week, especially with the run of games we face next.
“We didn’t panic when challenged and we improved in the second half, but there are still some things to work on.”
Woodford are without a game this weekend as the league takes a break for the next round of various national cup competitions.
The Highams club are next in action on November 17 when they play host to Romford in a clash of the top two.
And Redfern believes having a free weekend prior to that vital clash with be of huge benefit to Woodford.
“The break has come at a convenient time as it allows some of the players to rest up,” he added.
“It’s been flat out at times this season and the boys are adapting to being top after being near the bottom for much of last term.
“When your top, the opposition wants to beat you in every game you play and the match with Romford will be a great game.”
Another victory when they return to action on November 17 would see Woodford put further distance between themselves and the chasing pack.