Derby-day emotion no concern for Woodford's Redfern ahead of Wanstead clash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 December 2018

Woodford in action earlier in the season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Woodford in action earlier in the season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Highams outfit won 22-19 at Saffron Walden last Saturday

Tom Redfern is confident Woodford will not get caught up in the emotion of their derby against London Borough of Redbridge rivals Wanstead in London Two North East on Saturday.

The Highams club welcome the Herons for the first meeting between the two local rivals this term.

Woodford head into the game at the top of the standings and will hope to stay there by getting the better of the Roding Lane North team.

And Redfern is confident the Highams side can keep their composure and stick to their game plan, rather than be overtaken by the emotion of a derby.

“The boys are focussed and there is enough experience in the team to suitably manage the game,” he said.

“Wanstead will offer a different challenge to what we’ve faced in recent weeks with how they play, so we’ll have to adapt to that accordingly.

“If it gets a bit feisty because it is a local derby, then I’m sure that will add to the levels of excitement.”

Even a win for Woodford against Wanstead may not be enough to keep them top of the table, with Romford & Gidea Park only a point back in second.

But Redfern knows the Highams outfit can ill-afford to think about bonus points, knowing they will count for little if they are unable to down the Herons.

“We’ll take what we’re given,” added Redfern, rather matter-of-factly.

“A lot was said by other teams after we lost to Romford, but the focus is on us and doing well.

“If we can play well, the results will continue to come and it’s a good pressure that we’re feeling at the minute.”

Woodford face Wanstead after beating Saffron Walden 22-19 away from home last weekend.

Tries from Matt Farrington, Tom Hemmings and Valerio Braconcini-Phipps helped the Highams club triumph.

And Refern feels it is a result Woodford can be proud of, adding: “Saffron Walden may have had some strange results recently, but they played well on Saturday.

“The win at their place means there’s a gap between the top two and the rest now, but we have to keep that up.”

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