Goodfellow weighs up promotion prospects against Redruth's finances
Redruth's hat-trick scoring scrum-half Greg Goodfellow would love nothing more than to see his side win promotion to National League One, but not if it jeopardises the club's future.
Goodfellow scored three tries in last Saturday's 69-0 National League Two South win over Lydney – a result that kept Redruth in second place, 11 points behind leaders Worthing with two games in hand.
They are also a point ahead of Henley Hawks, with the runners-up spot securing a promotion play-off against the equivalent side in Two North.
Promotion has been a topic of discussion at the Recreation Ground, but the off-the-field demands for accomplishing that feat are just as challenging as those on the pitch.
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The Cornish side have battled against financial problems in recent seasons and have not been able to pay their players for part of the current campaign, for the third time in four years.
Goodfellow hopes the playing squad's success can be supported without detriment to the club. He said: "Realistically, if we keep performing, we are right in the mix.
"The biggest problem we have got is that we are so far in front of the club on the field compared to off it. There are a lot of things that need to be sorted. For me personally, I would love to go up a league and play in League One again.
"Whether it is feasible and fundable is another question again," he admitted. "In the next few weeks, we will assess where we are and have a look at the situation. The coaches and the senior players will decide the correct direction to go because we don't want to self-implode and go back to where we were.
"If we go up a league, it would be great for the club and the supporters but we have to look at it from a realistic point of view. Are we able to do it money-wise? Can the players travel the distances required?
"Our priority is to just take every game as it comes and see what happens from there."
Concentrating on playing performances has certainly paid off for Redruth this season. The players have shown total commitment, losing just three times this term.
Even victories, such as the 46-17 win over Barking last month, have drawn a self-critical response from the Reds' squad. But their defeat of Lydney was more to their satisfaction and it sets them up well for another home game against Hartpury College this weekend.
"We have been due that sort of performance," said Goodfellow as he reflected his side's 11-try win last weekend.
"We have been a bit guilty of playing for 50 or 60 minutes and not going the full 80. We said after last week's performance against Barking that we needed to step it up a level.
"I looked at my performance last week and I didn't play particularly well. I got pulled off at half-time and I said to myself after the game that I can't let that happen again. I needed to put a performance in and luckily, I bagged three tries. I think we got the result and performance that everybody wanted.
"The good thing with the squad this season is that there is a lot of competition for places and the boys that do come into the team have to play 100 per cent to keep their position.
"We looked at this period as a little mini-Test series – last week against Barking, then Lydney and now the big game against Hartpury. Everybody put their hand up for selection and showed they are worthy of starting next week.
"Those selecting the team will have a tough week ahead of them."