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Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern pleased with upturn in form in London Two North East after win at Harlow

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 February 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 won 41-34 on the road on Saturday

Head coach Tom Redfern has declared himself pleased with Woodford’s recent form after a 41-34 win at Harlow in London Two North East.

The Highams club picked up a second victory in three matches in the division, and just a second away success of the season.

Woodford’s recent run of form has taken them to within four points of safety, and Redfern is happy with the recent upturn.

“Results have picked up and we’re showing that we’re good enough to compete in this division,” he said.

“Even the defeat against Rochford (Woodford lost 27-19), to be in front for a long time against a team that far clear at the top of the table was superb.

“It is all going well for us recently and we were better than Harlow on Saturday, but the focus is now on the next game for us.”

Woodford are now without a match until March 3 when they entertain Epping in the league.

But rather than be disappointed about not having another match this weekend, Redfern instead insists the break could help the Highams club.

“We’d have loved another game this weekend, but it gives us a chance to see some of the players who have been doing well for the seconds and thirds in action,” he added.

“Of course the momentum we’ve generated will be knocked slightly, but if we do well in training, then I’m sure we can perform when we return at Epping.”

After Saturday’s round of matches, just six points separate Cantabrigians in eighth from bottom club Old Cooperians, with Woodford 11th.

And with things so close with at the foot of the table with only five games remaining in the current campaign, Redfern expects the relegation battle to go right down to the wire.

“The bottom is the part of the league to keep an eye on, especially with Rochford so far clear at the top,” he said.

“It will be an interesting end to the season for all of us at the bottom of the table and it should be exciting.

“If we can beat Epping in a couple of weeks, that will leave us in a really good position.”

It certainly looks set to be a thrilling end to the season at the bottom of the division.


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