Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern focussed on next season after pulling off great escape in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 April 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)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Highams club won six of last eight games to avoid relegation

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern is already focussed on next season in London Two North East after witnessing his team complete a great escape to avoid relegation this term.

The Highams club won just two of their opening 14 matches in the league this term, a run which saw them facing an uphill battle to remain in the division.

However, six victories from their final eight games proved enough for Woodford to stay up.

The Highams club will hope for no such relegation worries next term, and Redfern believes their fine end to the current campaign to stay up can be used as a platform for success.

“We’ve learnt some harsh lessons this season, but the way we’ve end the season means momentum is with us,” he said.

“The boys are already looking forward to coming back for pre-season training, but we have to hit the ground running.

“That was something that cost us this season as we took time to get going, but if we start well next season, hopefully we can have a more consistent campaign.”

Woodford completed their great escape with a thrilling 40-38 victory at home to Romford last weekend.

The two sides knew the victor would be safe and both played some thrilling rugby in their respective bids to claim the victory.

In the end, it was Woodford who prevailed, though they had to fend off a late fightback from Romford.

And Redfern was delighted his team saw a remarkable turnaround in fortunes through to the end.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys. To have only two wins before Christmas, and then to win six our our last eight games was brilliant.

“It was a great turnaround in form and Saturday was a fantastic way to end the season for us.

“We all wanted to remain in this league and our results in the second half of the season proved we can compete at this level.

“We were all looking at our phones after the game and the mood was a bit subdued as we waited for the other results to come in.

“It took about 90 minutes for that to come in, but once they did and we knew we were safe, it was great to celebrate.”

Those celebrations will be something Redfern hope spurs his team on next season as they look to avoid another relegation fight in London Two North East.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder