Redruth target home victory over leaders Worthing
Redruth's National League Two South clash with league leaders Worthing has been a long time coming, in more ways than one.
The Reds have not played a league game at home since hosting Clifton at the Recreation Ground on December 15. Indeed, their only League Two South match since then was a 26-3 win at Bournemouth on January 12.
However, coach Steve Evans says this game is about even more than playing in front of their home supporters for the first time in seven weeks.
This is the Reds' chance to close the 12-point gap between the two sides and their last opportunity to get back on form ahead of their derby day at Polson Bridge next week.
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Evans said: "The boys have been training really hard but there is nothing like playing a game. Come Saturday, I think they are going to be raring to go.
"The next month could be a good one for us. We have two big games coming up now. Obviously, we are not thinking any further than this weekend but once that is out of the way, we will start building towards the All Blacks game.
"Worthing are top of the table at the moment but we owe them one. We should have beaten them up there earlier in the season but lost by one point – this weekend is about payback as well. We want to put on a good show for the supporters and build for next week."
If results go their way, Redruth could replace Worthing on top of the league in the coming weeks. A win tomorrow and in their two games in hand will see them overhaul the Raiders.
"Over the next couple of weeks, there is a chance we could end up on top of that table," said Evans. "Then it will just be week by week again and see where we come in April and May.
"We have kept quiet about the idea of promotion. We have said we will take each game as it comes, no matter whether we are playing the teams at the top or bottom. We prepare the same way for each game."
Evans is certainly right to be cautious with the All Blacks likely to be just as big of a threat as Worthing. The Launceston men have lost just one of their last nine games in the league. They still have to play both Redruth and Worthing at home.
"We know Launceston are going to have a big say in what happens in this league," said Evans. "They have come on strong after losing one or two games they didn't expect to lose earlier in the season.
"They are on fire at the moment. Worthing have still got to go to Launceston and so have we – they will have a big say in things. And if they keep winning their games, they will be towards the top come the end of the season. They not too far behind now."
Redruth have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend. They also have Cornish Pirates trio Tom Duncan, Owen Hambly and Aaron Penberthy available, if required.
"We are fully loaded this weekend, with no injuries at the moment," said Evans ahead of their final training session for the week.
"Selection this weekend is going to be very difficult because everybody who is training is available to play. It is a good place to be at the moment for us."