Ashley Morcom eyes first away win at struggling Devon rivals
After a turbulent January ended with a National League Two South victory, Redruth now hope to earn their first away win at Devon rivals Exmouth this weekend.
Head coach Ashley Morcom admits his side’s trip to the Imperial Ground will be a new experience for him, but he remains confident his side can build on last weekend’s 21-10 home win over Bournemouth.
“We feel like we have turned the corner,” said Morcom. “We are obviously not the same Redruth that were playing three or four years ago. But we want to push on now and get our first away win at Exmouth.
“We came off and everyone had their heads down and were not happy with how they played last week. It was a weird sensation after a win.
“It is important that you have those standards. In the end, it was quite a convincing win and we were the better side, but the players would have liked to have played better.
“We have targeted this weekend. And, with it being a local derby or Cornwall versus Devon, it is important we go there with bells on and put in the performance I know we can do.
“Judging be the weather coming in and the pitch conditions, it will be a hard game to play in. They will be seasoned pros on their own pitch. We will take it at face value and give it everything we’ve got.”
Bottom side Exmouth are coached by the Reds’ former nemesis Jon Hill, who engineered their downfall during his previous spell as director of rugby of Cornish All Blacks. Morcom said: “I’ve not followed their season in massive detail but they’ve obviously lost a fair few and there is a reason for that – it isn’t going to be just bad luck, there will be parts of their game we can exploit.
“We have done research on how they play and it is important we go there with the attitude that we can turn them over.
“We are going to them, so it is going to be difficult. I have never personally gone to Exmouth, and it will be a new ground to me.”
With the shorter travel distance this weekend, a number of Redruth’s senior players are able to make the journey despite their other commitments.
Morcom hopes a more settled side will help them achieve consistency – and even back-to-back wins.
“Some of our seasoned campaigners can’t travel and they have to work so it is difficult to get some continuity,” he said.
“We will put out as good a side as we can. On the wing, Rhodri McAtee can only play home games because he has to work a full day every other weekend.
“It is disappointing that we don’t have him involved, but we do have key forwards like Damian Cook and Craig Williams willing to travel.
“It will not be the same side this weekend, but it will be one or two changes as opposed to five or six.”