Rugby: Head coach Ashley Morcom remains positive as Redruth look for Taunton boost
REDRUTH head coach Ashley Morcom insists the club is on the right track, despite what has so far been a disappointing start to the season.
The Reds crashed to a 27-15 defeat at Chinnor on Saturday (match report page 119), a result which has taken them down to second from bottom in National 2 South after four games ahead of this weekend's visit of Taunton Titans (3pm).
But it still remains very much work in progress during what is a period of transition for the Reds and Morcom admits results may suffer before the club finds a winning formula.
He said: "I said to the guys that there are some positives there.
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"We are getting on the front foot but easing off and doing something that is not in the game plan or our structure.
"It is difficult but we ended up chasing the game and got within touching distance but started to throw the ball around.
"We have to look at what is right and what is wrong and maybe see about adjusting things a bit."
Morcom has drafted in Cornish Pirates' trio John Stevens, son of Cornish rugby legend 'Stack' Stevens, Max Bodilly and Luke Jones on loan.
And with Dean Bonds also impressing at the weekend, Morcom feels the quality is there within the squad.
He said: "We have got some good young players, the three players on loan from Pirates I believe will go on to be Championship players and Dean Bonds made an impact when he came on and will be a good player if he sticks with it."
He added: "It is a bitter pill to take losing because we got within touching distance and suddenly that was ripped away from us and to come away without even a losing bonus point was disappointing."
Morcom will check on the fitness of Bodilly, Matt O'Leary and Stevens ahead of Saturday's visit of mid-table Taunton as the Reds look to get their season up and running.
Morcom said: "We are in the bottom three, it's quite unnerving as a head coach to be in that position and we have got to start putting some results together.
"Traditionally Redruth have not been a strong side on the road but I thought we put that right last year but we have slipped off this year.
"This is a building year for us, in pre season some people tipped us to be at the top, I never bought into that because I knew what we had, we are trying to change the way we play our rugby to build a team. The next four weeks will be important."