Redruth’s tough run-in to the end of the National League Two South season well and truly gets under way at Shelford this weekend.
And since they failed to earn a much-needed victory at home to Dings Crusaders last week at home, head coach Ashley Morcom has challenged his men claim points away from Cornwall.
The Reds are six points clear of the relegation zone but most of their rivals below them in the table have at least one game in hand.
However, Morcom, whilst realising the extent of his side’s troubles, is targeting this weekend’s hosts Shelford in eighth, rather than looking down. Redruth drew 12-12 with Shelford back in November.
He said: “We have to come away from Shelford with points – and ideally a win – that’s crucial for us. I’m targeting Shelford as a win, and that’s the way we should be.
“I watched a few DVDs of them and they play very similarly to what they did at the start of the year. We let them play and didn’t exploit their weak points earlier in the season.
“We will be on the same number of points as them if we beat them and that would be massive.
“London Irish [in the last relegation spot] have 46 points after 21 games and they are not a million miles away from our 52. It is more important than ever that we go away from home and get a victory on the road.”
Last week’s home game against Dings was a big chance to move away from the danger zone but a 15-10 loss was frustrating to Morcom in every respect.
He said: “It was really disappointing to lose at home and also to someone below us. The most disappointing thing for me was that it felt as though we were out-wanted on the day – Dings wanted it more than we did.
“It makes you wonder whether some of our players are happy to accept relegation and go down. It is something we have to address.”
Redruth have no game next weekend before a potentially season-defining trip to London Irish Wild Geese on March 1.
Morcom said: “The trips away are not going to be easy because we have Hartpury, Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford. It’s Shelford this weekend and we have Wild Geese to come.
“We should be in a better position. We just have to take each game as it comes. The boys have to understand that our backs are against the wall and we need to perform for the remaining games.”