Redruth RFC's Adrian Edwards anticipates difficult game against Chinnor
Redruth director of rugby Adrian Edwards admits returning to winning form will be difficult this weekend.
The Reds suffered their first league defeat of the season at Worthing last Saturday. However, they have an immediate chance to earn more National League Two South points when Chinnor visit the Recreation Ground tomorrow.
Newly-promoted Chinnor have made an impressive start to life in Two South.
They opened their campaign with a win against the Cornish All Blacks at Polson Bridge and have added Worthing and Lydney to their list of victims over the previous two weeks.
"Chinnor have come up and done really well. Like Bournemouth and Canterbury, Chinnor have come up and they are impressive teams. We are going to have work cut out on Saturday," said Edwards.
"Every week just gets tougher and tougher. There are not many teams in our league that you feel are easy to beat."
Despite Redruth's excellent start to the season, they were unable to repeat Chinnor's success against Worthing last weekend.
The Reds were unfortunate. They played well but the key moments went against them. Nick Simmons' late match-winning try was disallowed and influential scrum-half Greg Goodfellow was shown a red card.
"It was one of those games that was so nip and tuck at the end," said Edwards. "It looked like Nick Simmons had scored a try and it was not given. Was Greg Goodfellow's red card right or not?
"I watched the DVD about 50 times now. It was prop landed on top of him, and there would not be many people who are not going to react in the heat of battle. There might have been a few swinging arms but the guy didn't leave with a bloody nose.
"I thought it was harsh but if you were the other side, you would say he deserves to go. It is a difficult one. Things didn't go our way and you can't really blame the players.
"We could have quite easily won the game at the end, they played really well."
Redruth are expecting to name a settle side this weekend, barring Goodfellow's suspension.
Edwards said: "Craig Williams is doubtful but everyone else is available. Luke Collins travelled and played very well last week. Chris Fuca came off but he appears to be OK.
"Greg has a one-match ban but Nick Simmons comes in and has played most of his rugby at nine – so we are no weaker in that position."