Cornish All Blacks aiming higher
CORNISH All Blacks head coach Cliff Rainford has set his side a target of finishing the season in a higher position than the 2011-12 campaign.
The All Blacks' 10-9 home defeat to Redruth last Saturday was their second successive loss, and saw them slip to seventh place in the National Two South table.
That was where they finished last season, and Rainford is keen for them to show an improvement year on year in terms of their league status.
They entertain 10th spot Clifton on Saturday, with a 2.30pm kick-off, and then take a week's break before three successive away games against Taunton, Lydney and Shelford.
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Rainford said: "We have got nine games now until the end of the season and we can still finish higher this year than we did last year.
"It was a disappointing result against Redruth, but our focus now is to move on to Clifton at home and put right our results over the last two weeks and get back to winning ways."
Another home game is just what the All Blacks need after the derby setback, rather than a lengthy journey up country for an away fixture.
"I know it pans out that we play as many home games as we do away, but it just seems to be that we have been away a helluva lot so far this season," said Rainford, who saw his side lose 38-25 at Clifton in October.
"We need to put a result on Clifton. It was disappointing when we went to their place, so we want to put a few things right.
"You don't become a bad team overnight, games against Redruth are always very passionate affairs, the guys put their bodies on the line, but it was just the result in the end that didn't go our way, but our performance in the second half was excellent."
The All Blacks are waiting to see if hooker Tom Hurdwell will be fit for the Clifton game after missing the Reds' clash through illness.
Rainford said: "He was ill all week and only managed to get out of bed last Thursday evening, so he will be pushing it for the Clifton game, but Fred Bulut came in and did very well for us."
All Blacks v Redruth match report and pictures, see Page 106.