Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern chasing key victory against Ipswich in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 March 2018

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Highams club bid to maintain recent renaissance with victory this Saturday

Head coach Tom Redfern believes Woodford have three “cup finals” left in their bid to remain in London Two North East this season.

The Highams club entertain Ipswich this weekend and visit Wanstead on April 7, before rounding off the campaign at home to Romford on April 14.

Ahead of the game with Ipswich on Saturday, Woodford are four points adrift of safety in 11th.

Displays, though, have picked up for the Highams club in recent weeks, which has offered Redfern strong hope his team can stay up this term.

But while he has seen his team improve over the past few weeks, the Woodford head coach knows his team still have plenty of work to do in their battle to avoid the drop.

“We know we have to take each game as it comes and each game will be bigger than the last,” he said.

“The focus for now is on the Ipswich game and if we lose, then we will be back to square one.

“We’ve put in some good displays in recent weeks and hopefully we can continue that momentum against Ipswich.

“When we played them earlier in the season, Ipswich put 61 points on us so we owe them a performance this weekend.

“Hopefully we come out of the game with the result we need. Each game for us now is like a cup final.”

Last weekend saw Woodford enjoy a terrific 24-18 win against Epping, who are also just four points clear of the Highams club.

The match was played on Friday night to avoid a clash with the final round of the Six Nations, and though it was a home game for Woodford, it was played at Barking RFC.

Despite that, it seems that playing under the Friday night lights was a success, and Redfern hopes for more chances to do it in future.

“With lots of people now working at the weekend, maybe playing on a Friday could get more people playing the sport,” said Redfern, who also works as a community coach for England Rugby.

“We have to be more flexible as a sport as to when we play and maybe the win helped, but we loved playing on a Friday.”

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