Woodford's Redfern wants team to start new term just like they ended last season
PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 August 2018
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In an article from our 'Engage' supplement, Woodford head coach Tom Redfern previews the new London Two North East season
Head coach Tom Redfern is looking for Woodford to carry on from where they left off when the new London Two North East season gets underway, writes Ned Keating.
After spending long periods of last term in the relegation zone, a run of five wins from their final six matches saw the Highams club beat the drop.
Redfern hopes Woodford do not need to repeat similar heroics at the end of this season to stay up.
And he knows the best way to avoid that scenario is by starting the new term just like how they finished the last campaign.
“The focus over the summer has not been on being in pre-season, but more looking to carry on from how we finished last season,” he said.
“What we’ve learnt from last season is that it’s better to have no one than to have someone who isn’t the right fit at that moment in time.
“We ended last season really well, but we we’re looking to play even better than that this season.”
Rochford Hundred were the runaway winners of London Two North East last term, earning bonus-point victories in each of their 22 matches last term.
But with Rochford now gone from the league, it seems this term could see a much closer title race.
But Redfern was coy about what Woodford’s aim for the campaign was, insisting he was just looking for a positive win-loss record.
“The aim for us is to win more matches than we lose this season,” he said.
“With Rochford gone, I expect the league will be a lot closer this season.
“The two teams that have come down will be strong and Norwich will be good again too.
“The teams that have come up are something of the unknown and we have them both early, so that should be interesting.
“We were ninth last season, yet there were very few teams we didn’t take points off of.
“The boys are excited about the new season and those who have come in have added real value to the squad.”
As well as adding some new faces to the team, and some new coaches, Woodford have been able to keep hold of most of their squad from last season.
The Highams club also have plenty of young talent that have progressed through the club’s youth system, so it seems things are building nicely for Woodford ahead of the new term.