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Redfern wants Woodford to be number one at Christmas with victory on Harlow trip

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 December 2018

Woodford celebrate scoring a try against Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Woodford celebrate scoring a try against Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Highams outfit beat Wanstead 26-7 at home last weekend

Woodford score a try against Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Woodford score a try against Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Tom Redfern wants Woodford to ensure they are the Christmas number one in London Two North East by beating Harlow on Saturday.

The Highams will start this weekend’s game four points clear at the summit, knowing a win will be enough to keep them in top spot over the Christmas break.

A victory would also see Woodford breach the 50-point mark this season, having already surpassed last term’s tally of 42.

And with the trip to Harlow their final game of 2018, head coach Redfern wants the Highams club to end the calendar year on a high.

“Having only won 42 points in the entirety of last season, to already have 49 is special,” he said.

“The boys have worked hard and everyone at the club, from the players to the coaches to the supporters, is supporting each other every week.

“There is a real connection with everyone at the club this season, which is really positive.

“To go past 50 points at this stage of the season would be great and a huge reward for everyone’s hard work.

“To be top at Christmas would be a nice touch too, but we have to concentrate on beating Harlow for that to happen.”

Woodford face Harlow having beaten London Borough of Redbridge rivals Wanstead 26-7 at home last weekend.

Matt Farrington scored a brace of tries for the Highams club in the success, while Theo Kaltsas and Jake Herga also dotted down.

With second-place Romford being held to a 19-19 draw by Cantabrigians, Woodford increased their lead at the top to four points with the win.

Saturday also saw the Highams club host their Christmas party following the success over Wanstead, which led Redfern to hail a memorable day for all involved at Woodford.

“It was a pleasing weekend and it was all about us performing against Wanstead and getting the result we wanted,” he added.

“We came through the challenges Wanstead threw at us and we were able to find solutions to the problems they posed.

“We just have to keep doing things the right way and we have the support at the club to do that.”

Woodford head to Harlow looking for a third straight win in the league as the Highams club bid to strengthen their grip on top spot ahead of the break over the festive period.

And if they can be number one at Christmas, it will be a reward for the Highams club’s effort.

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