Redfern knows Woodford face another tough test to keep hold of top spot

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 October 2018

Woodford in action in London Two North East last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

Woodford in action in London Two North East last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Highams club beat Ipswich 47-19 at home last Saturday

Woodford bid to continue their perfect start to the London Two North East season on Saturday when they visit Stowmarket.

The Highams club have swept all before them this term and are the only side in the division to have taken maximum points from their first four games.

As a result, Woodford currently sit a point clear from Saffron Walden at the top of the standings.

It is a huge improvement on last term, when the Highams club faced a long, but ultimately successful battle to avoid relegation.

Some may be surprised that Woodford sit atop the table at this stage of the season, but head coach Tom Redfern says the team have no plans to let go of their lofty position just yet.

“Now that we’re top, the target for us is to stay there. Being top this early isn’t something we spoke about before the start of the season, but we’re happy to be there,” he said.

“We know that if we keep performing like we have done in the first few weeks of the season, we can continue to get the results we want.”

Saturday’s trip to Stowmarket for Woodford should see a great game between two in-form sides.

While the Highams club boast a perfect record so far this term, Stowmarket have won their lost three after a defeat on the opening day of the campaign.

Both sides will be going all out to continue their good form with another triumph on Saturday.

And Redfern is fully aware Woodford face another difficult fixture in the league as they look to keep hold of top spot.

“Stowmarket will be another tough side and I expect the game to be similar to the one we had at Southwold.

“They won their division last season so they’ve shown they’re a talented side, but the focus is on us as always.”

Last weekend saw Woodford earn a fourth straight league win this term with a 47-19 triumph at home to Ipswich.

Among those to dot down in the victory for the Highams club were Matt Farrington, Peter Hyett and James Baxendall and all three will look to get on the scoresheet again this Saturday.

Latest Ilford Stories

59 minutes ago

Essex club had won four in a row prior to Saturday’s game, compared to Shaymen’s solitary league victory in 14 matches

The former Stevenage midfielder is slowly building up his fitness after a difficult summer on the sidelines


Two boxers from Gator ABC represented the Hainhault based club in the National ABA Youth Championships held in Hayes on Sunday.

Super Snodgrass is loving every miuute with the Hammers


St Mary’s Lane club lost 24-14 at home on Saturday

The experienced winger, who will turn 30 on Wednesday, suffered a knee injury during the 1-0 loss at Boreham Wood

The chairman of governors of a Wanstead primary school is quitting in protest of the Diocese of Brentwood’s plans to turn it into an academy.

Carolers lit candles to remember those who died homeless in the borough in the past year at a Christmas concert in Ilford town centre.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now