VIDEO: Ashley Morcom wants to Rec victory over Southend
Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom says his side are determined to get their season on track with a home victory over Southend this weekend.
The Reds have endured a difficult start to their National League Two South campaign.
They narrowly lost to Cambridge at home on the opening day of the season before suffering a 31-10 reverse at the hands of their local rivals, the Cornish All Blacks, last weekend.
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Morcom said: “Last weekend was bitterly disappointing. I thought we were going up there to Launceston with as good a chance as any to play well against them and come away with a result.
“Obviously, it wasn’t to be, it was Launceston’s day and, to be fair, they were the better side and deserved the win.
“We are hoping to kick-start our season. It is not so much a hope, as a must. We are at home but it is Southend and they are going well.”
Turning their form around this weekend will certainly be no easy task. Southend have started the season well, with two wins from two games.
“Southend have a lot of threats in their side,” said Morcom. “They have played to a very similar game plan for the last five to six years.
“They are very abrasive and they do tend to carry the ball very hard at the midfield through their wings and full-back coming in off the line.
“Over the last couple of years, they have started to increase their pressure up front and you can see with some of their results and the scores they are getting more forwards involved in their game. They are obviously on the up.
“Hopefully we catch them napping this weekend and we can come away with a result. That is the most important thing.
“It is crucial that we get a win at the Rec.”
Morcom even suggested taking a lesson from the All Blacks, whose players and staff spoke during the week about turning their home ground, Polson Bridge, into a fortress again this season.
“It is key that we do turn this place back into a fortress. I read the papers last week about ‘Fortress Polson’ and it has to be the same with us.
“This needs to be ‘Fortress Rec’. We have to make sure we don’t make it nice for people to come down here. I think at the moment people are thinking we are down, let’s kick them while down and we might be able to get away with a win at the Rec.”
The Reds will still be without scrum-half Greg Goodfellow, who serves the second game of his four-match ban following his red card against Cambridge. However, they are boosted by the return of Rhodri McAtee.
Redruth: Bodilly; D Bonds, Simmons, C Bonds, B Drew; Westren, McAtee; Jacques, Brown, J Drew; Cook, Collins; Rayment, Fuca, O’Leary. Replacements: C Williams, Turner, Smith, Hoskings, Johns.