Rugby Union: Head coach Tom Redfern wants Woodford to gel on coach trip to Diss

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 November 2016

The new rugby union season is well underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby union season is well underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The Highams club travel to Norfolk this weekend, and coach hopes they make most of their journey

Head coach Tom Redfern hopes Woodford’s lengthy trip to London Two North East title challengers Diss on Saturday makes the team grow closer as a unit, writes Ned Keating.

The Highams club hit the road on Saturday and face a round trip of 180 miles.

Woodford will be taking a bus to the game with all players on board, and Redfern knows that should be a great opportunity for the squad to bond.

He said: “The long trip has come at a good time for us and it should give us an opportunity to gel as a team.

“It should be an exciting game between two teams in good form in the league and it’s one we are all looking forward to.”

Woodford will also be looking to maintain their good form in the league, having won their last three in the competition.

The Highams club have not won four league games in succession since the end of the 2012-13 season, but Redfern is confident that wait will come to an end on Saturday.

“It’s a great chance to get another victory and that is down to the fact our squad has started to look a bit more consistent in recent weeks,” he added.

“It is a long way to go and they are in good form, but it should be a good day out for us and hopefully one we can enjoy because we have won.”

It will no doubt be a tough task for Woodford to win in Norfolk, with Diss having not suffered defeat on their own turf in a competitive match since April 2014.

Woodford, meanwhile, have won just two of their last five away days, again a run which dates back to the end of last season.

But Redfern again believes that the Highams club will show they have enough about them to earn what would be an extremely credible result this weekend.

“Training this week has gone well and we have been ensuring that the focus is on us and what we can do,” he added.

“We are not overly concerned about Diss and their record and how they are doing this season.

“If we keep the focus on us, it should help us in training and hopefully we can enjoy the trip to Diss.”

Woodford will also hope to rebound at Diss, having been beaten 39-12 at Welwyn in the second round of the London Intermediate Cup last weekend.

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