Redruth skipper Chris Fuca unhappy with his side's performance
SKIPPER Chris Fuca pulled no punches in the wake of Saturday's defeat at Canterbury, admitting Redruth only had themselves to blame for a result which leaves their promotion hopes now hanging in the balance.
Two straight defeats, the first time that has happened this season, means the Reds now have a mountain to climb if they are to clinch their place in next season's National One.
After going down to their first home defeat of the season to Hartpury College, the Reds were well below their best on Saturday as they were beaten 20-12 in Kent (match report page 99).
He said: "We left ourselves with too much to do. We had all the elements in the first half and we let them come at us and we were poor. We were poor from one to 15, we just did not turn up.
"We were still in the game at 17-12 and a few decisions did not go our way, but that was down to our back chat, so we have nobody to blame except ourselves and we lost a man (Greg Goodfellow) in a key position to a red card. It is massively disappointing.
"We need to have a look at ourselves because we lost our home record last week, now we have lost two in a row. We had good momentum and now it is gone.
"In games like that some people stand up and I thought Owen Hambly was outstanding today and all credit to him."
Redruth head coach Adrian Edwards will be looking for a positive response from his players when they travel to Dings Crusaders this weekend.
It's a "must-win" game for Redruth if they are to remain in contention for promotion, and Fuca said: "Dings is a massive game. They are a good side on their own patch, they battled with us all the way at our place so we will have to pick ourselves up."
Redruth will check on the fitness of top try scorer Tom Duncan, who suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's defeat.
A further blow to Redruth's promotion hopes will be the imminent suspension of Goodfellow, whose red card at Canterbury was the second time he has been sent off this season.
The Reds have strength and depth to deal with these losses, but the loss of Duncan, in particular, will be a big blow.
Camborne, who are chasing promotion from South West One West, travel to Bridgwater & Albion on Saturday in their penultimate away game.
After an enforced weekend off, players have rested any minor knocks and the selectors are able select from a full strength squad.
Director of Rugby Mike Symons said: "As with all away fixtures we expect an extremely tough game."
Camborne are second in the table, four points behind Old Redcliffians and three ahead of third-placed North Petherton.