Redruth's Ashley Morcom optimistic for first away win at Dings
With the Redruth’s rugby foundations now in place, head coach Ashley Morcom feels the time could be right for his side’s first away win of the National League Two South season.
The Reds took two losing bonus points from their recent trip to Bournemouth and a further five from a subsequent home clash against Exmouth last weekend at home.
They now travel to Dings Crusaders this weekend with a strong squad of players, all growing in confidence again.
Morcom said: “We put a good performance in during our trip away to Bournemouth and we just need a little bit more rub of the green away from home – hopefully that will happen this weekend.
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“Dings are struggling a little bit, so hopefully we can catch them napping and put some points on the board against them.
“We intend to go into this weekend with close to a full-strength squad. If we get our forwards into the game early, there is no reason why we can’t come away with the win.
“We came very close to doing that last year, even though we didn’t play very well at Dings. We’re looking to put that right now.
“We didn’t play as well as we can last week and we still got five points, so we are moving in the right direction. One day we’ll click and then put a side away quite quickly. We just have to keep building the way we are and pick up the odd win, when we can, away from home.
“I started the season saying it would be like building a house. We have built the foundations and we’re now on to the first lot of blocks. We have to make sure we’re winning towards the end of the season to put the tiles on the roof.”
Wing Rhodri McAtee will not make the trip to Dings but back-row Matt O’Leary and on-loan Cornish Pirate John Stevens will travel.
Back Lewis Vinnicombe’s fitness will be assessed before the team’s line-up is confirmed.
However, Morcom feels the composition of his squad is beginning to settle and that will bring positive results on the field over the coming weeks.
He said: “We have been struggling for consistency throughout the season so far. With players, we’ve had people chopping and changing through no fault of their own or ours.
“We are looking to get some momentum, both with how we play and with players playing games. We’ve not had the same back row playing together in the games we’ve played so far.”