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Ashley Morcom frustrated as in-form Redruth are forced into changes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom is hoping to build on his side’s impressive form, despite missing some key men for this week’s trip to Shelford.

The Reds moved themselves up to tenth place in the National League Two South table with a superb 23-17 win over Canterbury last weekend.

However, a number of their best players are unavailable for this week’s rearranged fixture due to other commitments.

Morcom said: “With it being a rearranged game, there are people unavailable to us. Craig Bonds, for instance, is away on a school trip. He plans his job as a teacher around his rugby but that his been in place for months.

“Rhodri McAtee won’t be travelling, nor will Matt O’Leary and a few others.”

It is frustrating for Morcom, who was hoping to capitalise on a Shelford side struggling for form. Saturday’s hosts have lost their last four league games.

He said: “It is important for us to go there with the right attitude. We can’t go there expecting anything, we have to play to win.

“We have had good times at Shelford before. Last year, we went up there off the back of some bad news at the club and beat then 25-5.

“They are very hit and miss in terms of what you can expect from them. They don’t have the same side out week on week.

“We don’t know an awful lot about them this weekend. We will be going up there a little bit blind but we just have to worry about ourselves. We are probably not expected to win away from home, so we just have to enjoy our rugby.”

Morcom still believes his side can replicate last weekend’s performance at the Recreation Ground. He said: “I’ve had chance to watch the game from last week a couple of times now. The amount of work every single player put just can’t be emphasised enough.

“All 20 players came off the pitch knowing they had been in a game of rugby – they were sore, tired and covered in bruises – they played out of their skins and that is what we have to do for the rest of the season. I firmly believe it is well within our capability to do that.

“It was a brilliant game of rugby and we have to build on that. We played some really good rugby at London Irish the week before as well but just made a few bad decisions.

“Away from home, you have to be cleaner than clean, whiter than white. But if we play like we did last weekend, we will come away with the spoils.”

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