Redruth leave it late to earn bonus point in win over Exmouth
Redruth left it late to secure a bonus-point National League Two South victory over Exmouth at the Recreation Ground.
Former Cornish All Blacks director of rugby Jon Hill, now head coach at Exmouth, was unable to lead the Cockles to success at his old club’s great rivals, but they were unfortunate to miss out on a bonus point.
The Devon club were trailing by seven points when 80 minutes elapsed following tries from wing Richard Bright and centre Alex Goldman, both converted by fly-half Matt Garner.
But their hosts pulled clear with a late touchdown from scrum-half Greg Goodfellow supplementing earlier scores from Rhodri McAtee, Chris Fuca and a penalty try.
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The Reds took the sting out of the encounter in the opening minutes. Goodfellow made a break and neatly found the onrushing McAtee as he was brought to ground. The former Cornish Pirates wing then finished well from 30 metres out with fly-half Murray Westren adding the extras with a superb conversion from close to the touchline.
The Cockles fought their way back into the game and were good value for their own first try, scored with a fine individual effort from another of their former Launceston men, Bright, with Garner adding the conversion to level the scores midway through the opening half.
The home side applied pressure again and although they were held up once on the visitors’ try line but their next assault brought success with skipper Fuca touching down soon after Exmouth’s James Harris had been shown a yellow card.
Westren again converting well but the hour mark was reached before either side could trouble the scoreboard again.
Redruth spent a significant amount of time inside the Exmouth 22 and consistent infringements from the visitors brought a second yellow card, this time for second row Stuart Lowe, and, eventually, a penalty try, converted by man-of-the-match Westren.
Exmouth responded with their second try almost instantly through centre Alex Goldman, converted by Garner, but Redruth regrouped to finish a disappointing game strongly.
However, it took until time added on for Goodfellow to borrow over from short range for a late unconverted score to earn his side all five league points.