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Ashley Morcom in positive mood for trip to London Irish Wild Geese

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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Just three National League Two South points separate Redruth from the dreaded bottom three, but head coach Ashley Morcom is determined to look up, rather than down.

Three teams sit between the Reds and third-from-bottom Dings Crusaders and Saturday’s opponents, London Irish Wild Geese, are one of them.

However, Morcom, who is standing down at the end of the season, wants his men to think more about how they can push into the top half of the table, with a couple of wins and favourable results elsewhere.

He said: “It is tight where we are but we’re not that far away from fifth or sixth either.

“The top three are obviously pulling away a little bit but the bulk of the league is very strong and competitive. It is looking like Exmouth and Bournemouth are going down but it is a question of who is going to go down with them.

“I’m hoping we can put some performances together, like I know we can – if we do that, it won’t be us there.”

From February 1 to March 1, Redruth have played just one game as the fixture list and poor weather contrived against them.

Morcom hopes the break will be a help rather than a hindrance. He said: “Everyone seems in good spirits.

“We have got to make sure we are happy with what we’re doing because that is the most important thing.

“If you’re not enjoying it, you don’t tend to play so well. It has been good to get some of the bodies back to feeling something like normal again but we really wanted to have some momentum for the remainder of the season.

“We knew we would have a weekend off but missing out on Shelford due to the bad weather as well was a bit of a blow but we will face them soon enough.”

The re-arranged Shelford game will take place on March 15 during a tough run-in to the end of the season. Their last seven games will see them play all of the current top-five sides. Morcom said: “It is important that build some of that momentum we need away at London Irish this weekend. We want to come away with a good performance.

“We know we can go there and put in a good Redruth performance, but pretty much the whole of this season has been a struggle with personnel.

“We are trying to get consistency sorted. It would be nice to go there, put in a performance and let the result take care of itself.”

Morcom is set to have influential backs Rhodri McAtee and Paul Thirlby available this weekend. He said: “Rhodri is down to play this weekend. He is on holiday from work and will be in the area and should be available to us. That will be a massive plus point for us as we look to put out a consistent team.

“Paul Thirlby is another one who is really important to get back into the side.

“He has that commanding presence, everyone respects him and he reads the game really well. We want to get those key guys in playing as soon as possible.”

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