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Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern chasing another upset against side near top of London Two North East at Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 March 2018

A Woodford player clears his lines earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Woodford player clears his lines earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Highams club back in action for first time since February 17 this weekend

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern is confident his team can pick up another win against a side near the top of London Two North East when they visit Sudbury on Saturday.

The Highams club are still battling to beat the drop in the league, but make the trip to the team currently second in the standings this weekend.

However, in their last match in the league, Woodford were able to record a 41-34 success at Harlow, who sit fifth.

And Redfern is hoping for a similar result on Saturday to give the Highams club a boost in their fight to beat the drop.

“We know Sudbury are near the top of the table, but so are Harlow and we won there,” he said.

“We have the ability to score points, so hopefully we can perform against Sudbury and use that to kick on over the four games after it.

“The four games after the Sudbury match are all game we feel are winnable, especially if we can continue playing like we have been.”

While Woodford were triumphant in their last match in the league, that came on February 17.

A scheduled break from league action and last week’s cold weather means the Highams club will have not played for three weeks heading into Saturday’s match.

Last week would have been especially frustrating for Woodford, with the cold weather having also disrupted training.

But Redfern knows the situation was similar for most clubs across the country and that it is something the Highams club just had to deal with.

“It’s not been easy, but it has been the same for everyone and we’ll look to carry the confidence we had from beating Harlow into the game with Sudbury,” he added.

With a long break between games, any momentum Woodford generated from beating Harlow in their last game may have been checked.

But Redfern was quick to allay those fears, saying: “The boys are still feeling really good and there is a great vibe around the squad,” he added.

“The seconds have been playing well too, which has added to the momentum and the confidence within the club on the whole.”

Redfern will hope to add to Woodford’s confidence with a positive result at Sudbury.


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