Joy for Adrian Edwards as Redruth thrash Lydney
at the Recreation Ground
Only time will tell if Redruth are able to win promotion to National League One, but the biggest obstacle will not be their form on the pitch on this evidence.
The Reds were superb in every element of their 11-try demolition of National League Two South strugglers Lydney at the Recreation Ground.
The 69-0 scoreline in no way flattered the home side, who were clinical going forward, first to every loose ball and miserly on the rare occasions they needed to defend their own line.
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Any one of three players could have scored a hat-trick, excellent scrum-half Greg Goodfellow completed his treble in the final seconds with Tom Notman and Nick Simmons still on two apiece.
The Reds' other tries came from Owen Hambly, Damian Cook, Neil Turner and Craig Bonds.
Director of rugby Adrian Edwards said talks have been ongoing within the club about the possibility of promotion but the playing squad will focus on enjoying their rugby.
He said: "We have spoken about it as a squad, management team and with the executive committee but all we have to do is keep playing.
"This performance against Lydney was about enjoyment. Whatever happens, the boys will play and enjoy it. If we finish first, second, third, fourth or fifth, it will be what it will.
"If we win the league, great – we go up. If we come second we'll go into the play-off and if we come third, we'll have a party at the end of the season. It is one of those things that can be pushed to one side at the moment."
Edwards has certainly done a good job of a building competitive and balanced squad in his first season at the club. They named an unchanged side earlier in the week, but Redruth were forced into numerous late alterations – backs coach Steve Evans was even included as a centre. Despite the huge disruption to their line-up, it took Redruth just four minutes to score their first try.
Ben Priddey supplied Hambly on the right and he sped through to the scoreboard corner. Paul Thirlby converted.
A fantastic break from visiting full-back Alex Hall kept Redruth on their toes. His run, spanning nearly half the pitch, was only brought to a stop by wing Simmons with the line in sight.
Simmons then turned from last-ditch defender to try-scorer, extending the Reds' lead with just 12 minutes gone. Thirlby was unable to convert and hit the post with another kick from a more central position as the half reached its midpoint.
Try number three soon came after a spell of pressure inside the Lydney 22. Two penalties were kicked to corner before Goodfellow found himself within range, dummying to his right before going himself with Thirlby adding the simple conversion.
The fourth try and bonus point arrived just before the half-time break with Craig Bonds following up a superb break by Thirlby. The fly-half then added the conversion to ensure his side left the field having scored 26 unanswered points.
Redruth began the second half in similar fashion, with full-back Notman finishing in Hellfire Corner for an unconverted. He then appeared on the opposite side to score his second of the day in the Piggy Lane corner with Thirlby adding the extras.
Notman was also involved in Redruth's seventh score, breaking down the right and timing a pass outside to Simmons to perfection.
Lock Damian Cook then got in on the act, pushing Redruth to a half-century of points following the conversion by replacement Murray Westren as well as another two following scores from Neil Turner and a second from Goodfellow, who completed his hat-trick in the final few seconds.