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Rugby Union: Woodford face crunch clash with Romford in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 April 2018

A Woodford player wins a lineout earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Woodford player wins a lineout earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Highams club finish season this weekend with safety still not secured

Woodford host Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East on Saturday with their place in the league next season still far from certain.

The Highams club head into the weekend currently occupying the final spot in the drop zone, though are level on points with both Cantabrigians and Romford, though the latter have a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

Even Ipswich, currently sixth, are still within reach of Woodford should they lose and the Highams club take all five points on Saturday.

And Woodford head coach Tom Redfern is expecting plenty of twists and turns in the battle to stay up this weekend.

“We’re still not safe and there is the potential for Saturday to be an exciting day for teams in the bottom half of the division,” he said. “In my time in rugby, I’ve not known so many teams to be involved in the battle to stay up so late in the season.

“A lot will happen this weekend, but the focus is on us and the job we have to do in trying to win a game.

“We know a win will leave us in a good position, so if we can put in a good display, hopefully it leads to a good result.”

Woodford entertain Romford having triumphed 19-14 at Redbridge rivals last weekend.

Will Dignon scored two tries for the Highams club in the win, which kept them alive in the battle to stay up.

The derby success was a third league victory in a row for Woodford, and Redfern was happy his team maintained their recent good form. “It was a good win for us and though we didn’t score as many tries as we have done of late, it was a resilient display,” he added.

“We controlled the game from the start and it was pleasing to get the win, which sets us up nicely for this weekend.

“It was another good team effort and the players are playing well as a team at the minute.

“Against Wanstead, they all fought for the game brilliant and had each others’ back throughout.

“Will played well and got his two tries, but there were also good performances from Theo Kaltsas and Harry Geohaghon also played well for us against Wanstead.”

Redfern will hope that success over their borough rivals will be the perfect way for Woodford to warm up for such an important game at home to Romford this weekend.


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