Rugby Union: Woodford face Epping under Friday night lights in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 March 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 hope to hit back after suffering 63-7 loss at Sudbury last Saturday

Woodford tackle Epping in London Two North East this weekend in a match that will take place under the Friday night lights.

With the initial tie between the sides having been postponed because of the cold weather earlier this month, the teams now meet on what had been a blank weekend in the fixture list.

That was in part down to the final round of Six Nations matches taking place on Saturday, so Woodford have opted to play a day earlier to avoid a clash.

However, the match will not take place at the club’s Highams base, but instead at Gale Street (RM9 4TX), the home of Barking RFC, at 8.15pm.

With Woodford still in the relegation zone, they will be looking for a win on Friday, and head coach Tom Redfern is excited about the spectacle that is to come.

“It will be interesting to see if either side plays differently because it’s taking place under floodlights,” he said.

“We’ll have plenty of people coming down to support us, so hopefully there is a good atmosphere and people enjoy themselves.

“There’s a lot on the line for both teams this weekend which will add to the match.

“Hopefully we can get a positive result and look forward to the final games of the season.”

Woodford will be looking to bounce back against Epping after a disappointing 63-7 loss at Sudbury last weekend.

Having seen performances improve since the end of January, the Highams club were unable to continue those displays in Suffolk, something which upset Redfern.

“The Sudbury game was a step back from how we had been doing over the previous month to six weeks,” he added.

“It’s definitely given the boys a wake-up call and we’ll see against Epping how they respond to that.

“Against Sudbury, we didn’t concentrate on the job at hand and they deservedly beat us.”

“Results in games involving other teams near the bottom didn’t go our way last weekend, so there is a bit more pressure on the Epping game and the boys are aware of that.”

Redfern will hope there is a strong Woodford response against Epping on Friday.

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