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Rugby Union: Woodford head coach Tom Redfern unconcerned by Chelmsford form ahead of London Two North East clash

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 September 2017

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

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

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Highams club host Blueboys this weekend, with both sides still looking for first win

Woodford head coach Tom Redfern believes Chelmsford’s stuttering form at the start of the new London Two North East season is not a true reflection of their ability.

The Highams club entertain Chelmsford this weekend, with both teams still looking for their first win of the campaign.

Last season, Chelmsford were relegated from London One North, but have struggled so far in the league below.

Redfern, though, believes Chelmsford’s new struggles may be down to a battle with early availability in the early weeks of the season, and that expecting an easy game based on their form would be foolish.

“I don’t read much into how the opposition are doing. It’s amateur rugby, so from week-to-week teams can change dramatically depending on availability,” he said.

“We’ll prepare for the game and treat Chelmsford like we would any other team, playing them on merit and hopefully coming away with a big ‘W’ to our name.”

Despite the results at the start of the season, Redfern has been pleased with Woodford’s performances in recent weeks.

The head coach declared himself pleased with how his side fared in the second half of last weekend’s 26-18 defeat away to Norwich.

And Redfern feels that if his side can replicate that display throughout the whole game against Chelmsford, they will be well placed to end their wait for a first league win of the campaign.

“We’re looking forward to playing Chelmsford because we’re going in off the back of two good performances, even if the results have not been ideal,” he added.

“The boys have done really well in training and there is not much more we can ask of them, other than to get that win.

“If we play like we have done for the whole game against Chelmsford, I’m sure we’ll be fine, but we have to play well for the full 80 minutes.”

Hilton Foster and Michael McDonaugh scored the tries for Woodford in their defeat to Norwich, while Redfern added eight points from the tee, but the Highams club were unable to secure a losing bonus point.


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