VIDEO: Adrian Edwards seeks Redruth momentum at the Rec
Redruth director of rugby Adrian Edwards wants his side to build momentum for the new National League Two South season with a winning start at home to Cambridge tomorrow.
After years of struggles on the road, the Reds found consistency during Edwards’ first campaign at the club and were involved in a push for potential promotion before an eventual dip in form towards the end of the season.
The Cornish club have been given a challenging start, with newly-relegated Cambridge, a bitter rival from their time in National League One, visiting the Recreation Ground tomorrow before a trip to Polson Bridge to meet Cornish All Blacks next weekend.
Edwards said: “Things go back a few years between the teams, but for us it is not about that, it is about performance. They are a good old club, and with their relegation last year, I should imagine they will be focused on trying to get back up again.
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“They have recruited really well with a lot of good players.
“We have a lot of experienced players in our squad and they know how to handle that really well. The key for us this week is just to perform as well as we can and then worry about the following week.”
Winning and playing well at home enabled Redruth to travel with confidence for much of last season. They will look to establish the same traits this term.
Edwards said: “When we go on the road we will continue to work hard and pick up some points. When we went away last season, we showed a strong mentality and that is the same thing we have to do this year.
“We want to perform well at home to get the momentum going so we can take that into our away games – things shouldn’t then be that much different away from home.”
Despite the arrival of former Cornish Pirates wing Rhodri McAtee, Edwards says the overall strength of his playing squad will be much the same this year.
“Expectations should be pretty much the same as last year, really,” he said. “We are a bit of an unknown quantity at the start of the season having lost a few players but gained some very good players as well.
“We will have more people coming back, winger Tom Notman has been out for quite a few weeks and there are still one or two more that we want to have back in the team but it is getting back to our strongest squad.
“Rhodri McAtee has come here and we’re hoping to get people like Sam Parsons back. It is very difficult because there are a lot of good teams in our league and they have recruited well and are spending money.
“All people will know is that Redruth players will give 100%, and if they play to their potential, like last year, we should be in a decent position. You have to have a little bit of luck on your side with injuries and discipline.
“We’ve got some very good players and some good finishers. I should imagine there will be some good exciting rugby at the Rec this season.”