Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern happy to have London Two North East fate in own hands after win over Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 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 moved out of relegation zone with 43-25 win at weekend

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern knows his team are now the masters of their own fate in London Two North East after a 43-25 win at home to Ipswich.

The Highams club moved out of the bottom two in the division with the win and now have a point advantage over the drop zone.

Crucially, that now means that should Woodford win both of their final two games, it will be enough to stay up.

And Redfern is happy the Highams club are no longer in a position of having to rely on their relegation rivals slipping up to survive.

“It was a great win, a really pleasing one, and now our fate is in our own hands,” he said.

“It was a great display and a fantastic show of resilience. We conceded within five minutes, but recovered well.

“To score 43 against Ipswich after they put 61 on us at their place earlier in the season was pleasing, and now we have a bit of momentum behind us.”

Woodford were able to pick up their eighth bonus point of the season for scoring four tries or more in a game in the win over Ipswich.

And Redfern was equally pleased his side were able to demonstrate their attacking prowess once again.

“We’ve shown we can score tries by picking up eight bonus points for it this season,” he added.

“The win was important, but to be able to get the bonus point as well was great.

“We know there is work to do on defence, though, as we still let in four tries and Ipswich challenged us defensively.”

That bonus point collected against Ipswich is what lifted Woodford out of the relegation zone on Saturday.

But Redfern knows that even with the smallest of margins keeping them out of trouble, it will be a boost to his team’s psyche.

“We might only be a point above the relegation zone, but that could be what decides it at the end of the season.

“If we win our next game and other results go our way, then we could be safe with a game to go.

“We’re now fully focussed on that Wanstead game on April 7 and we will be looking for another good display.”

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