Redfern warns Woodford not to be complacent at Saffron Walden as leaders seek win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 November 2018

Action from Woodford's defeat to Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Action from Woodford's defeat to Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Highams club hoping to return to winning ways this weekend

Action from Woodford's defeat to Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Action from Woodford's defeat to Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Tom Redfern knows Woodford can ill-afford to take out-of-form Saffron Walden lightly when the teams meet in London Two North East on Saturday.

The Highams club make the trip to a Walden side who have lost their last three league matches.

Despite their poor run of form, Walden are third in the table and just 10 points behind leaders Woodford.

The Highams club themselves face Walden off the back of their first loss of the season, losing at home to Romford & Gidea Park on November 17.

Head coach Redfern says Woodford are desperate to get back to winning ways, but know they cannot take Walden lightly because they are in bad form.

“Saffron Walden are no mugs and are third for a reason, even if their recent results have been a little strange,” he said.

“We know if we have to win, we need to be at our best and we’ll be boosted by having some players back from injury.

“There are no ifs and buts; we know we have to perform to the best of our ability to win.”

Woodford return to action at Walden on Saturday with the match marking the run of three games over consecutive weekends before the league takes a break for Christmas.

With the gap between the Highams club and second-placed Romford down to just two points, a lot could change over the course of the next few matches.

Woodford know three wins before Christmas should keep them at the top of the pile and Redfern is keen for his team to begin the busy run on a winning note.

“The Romford match was a big game for us, but the next three matches is an exciting run for us,” he added.

“If we can get a positive outcome in all of them, then we will be in a good place for Christmas.

“The focus remains on us and we’ll continue to enjoy where we are in the table as long as we’re there.”

Redfern also revealed the squad are as desperate as the coaches to quickly move on from the Romford loss by beating Walden on Saturday.

“We had one player come to training on the Tuesday after the Romford match saying he was ready to play that night. We didn’t play well, but everyone is looking forward to back out there and putting things right,” he said.

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