Rugby: Redruth v Dings match report
REDRUTH were unable to make it three National Two South wins on the trot as they succumbed to a third defeat at home this season at the hands of fellow strugglers Dings Crusaders.
Following back-to-back wins for the first time this season at home to Bournemouth and then away at Exmouth, this latest setback sees Redruth once again trying to avoid the clutches of the relegation battle going on below them.
With the next two league games both away, to Shelford and London Irish Wild Geese, head coach Ashley Morcom realises that his side will need to dig very deep to get something from both those games to keep their heads above water as the business end of the season looms ever closer.
He said: "Shelford is not an easy place to go and with it being a 2pm kick-off it's going to mean a very early start on Saturday morning to travel up there. It's a good six hours so you can see what we will have to contend with before we even start the game.
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"Full credit to Dings for their win today they came down with hunger in their bellies and put in a good performance. I am bitterly disappointed that we picked up two yellow cards in the game. Having to play for 20 minutes with just 14 players made life difficult for ourselves.
"Some of our decisions out there today were questionable, taking tap penalties when we needed to kick to the corner. It is something we have got to address and make sure they get put right going forward.
"We have got a hard run in for the rest of the season there are a lot of big sides to come down here. We have got to focus on playing rugby and hopefully the rugby gods will smile upon us."
Playing down the slope in the first half Redruth got off to a decent start with a try scored after just eight minutes by winger Matt Bowden in the Piggy Lane corner following a patient build up and a scoring pass from fellow winger Tom Notman.
In the strong wind goal kicking was going to prove to be a lottery as full back Ashley Hosking found out with his attempted conversion from wide out.
Redruth were guilty of not securing the restart and Dings took full advantage setting up a try for No.8 Mike Uren under the posts with full back Mark Woodrow adding the conversion.
Redruth got back into Ding's territory and set up a powerful driving maul, which saw prop Jess Tompsett drive over for Redruth's second unconverted try and a 10-7 lead. Tompsett's display again caught the eye along with fellow prop Craig Williams always in the thick of the action.
Dings' pack ably led by skipper Ed Hack showed that they had the power to match the Reds as they worked their way back into the game. Redruth found the Dings pack a match in the loose, while in the lineout the Reds lost too much of their own ball.
Redruth's cause wasn't helped when Ben Priddey was yellow carded for a silly offence at a ruck, the victim of a succession of Redruth infringements which finally tried referee Nick Williams' patience. The Reds did well to keep the scoreboard intact while Priddey was off, but within a minute of his return lost centre Sam Parsons to the bin for foul play.
Woodrow had a chance to tie the scores with a penalty near half-time but his effort in the conditions went wide.
Dings had the advantage of playing down the slope second half and with it the swirling wind which again changed direction to aid them and were soon camped in the Redruth twenty-two.
A move off the training ground saw winger Joe Dancer power through the Redruth cover to set up Hack for Dings' second try of the game, which Woodrow failed to convert putting the visitors 12-10 up.
Stout defending from the Reds kept the powerful Dings pack at bay, but they just couldn't manufacture an attacking platform of their own in the Dings' half against such a stiff wind. With the final kick of the game Woodrow confirmed a vital win for Dings with a penalty from the 22 metre line leaving Redruth totally frustrated, while Dings were cock-a-hoop with their win.