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Priddey's hat-trick of tries helps take Reds to edgy victory

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

Reds prop Jess Thompsett on the charge against Bournemouth

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Redruth won for the first time in 2014 defeating fellow National Two South strugglers Bournemouth in an edgy error-strewn performance at the Recreation Ground reports Bill Hooper.

Flanker Ben Priddey was the star man for the Reds scoring all three tries from forward drives.

Redruth got off to a great start as fly-half Murray Westren kicked an early penalty goal as Bournemouth were caught offside.

On just six minutes Bournemouth were then reduced to fourteen men as centre Karim Lynch was sin-binned following a succession of infringements by the visitors

Profiting from the extra man Priddey got the first of his tries following a lineout in the visitors' 22 and a big carry by lock Damien Cook during the build up.

Westren couldn’t add the extras kicking into a very strong wind from the top touchline.

Bournemouth got back into the game when a break by scrum-half Sam Hardcastle gave them good field position.

A penalty award was kicked to touch in the scoreboard corner with the quickly take lineout catching the Reds napping as lock John Peart powered over for an un-converted try.

A trade-mark break by scrum-half Greg Goodfellow set up good field position for the Reds.

Cook and prop Jess Tompsett drove well leading to a penalty for the home side, which Westren kicked for an 11-5 half-time lead.

Redruth got good field position in the Bournemouth twenty-two to set up a powerful driving maul with Tompsett going close before Priddey finished off the move for an un-converted try.

From the restart Bournemouth regained possession going through the phases before fly-half Jack Metters scored near the posts, however the conversion was pulled in the tricky wind.

Redruth stormed back on the attack, but at times they appeared short of ideas with a Westren attempted drop-goal summing up their frustrations.

Following a fine touchline run by winger Tom Notman, Redruth obtained a penalty whicj they kicked to touch, replacement lock Luke Collins claimed the ball and the forwards set up the powerful drive that saw Priddey driven over for his third try and seal the win for the embattled Reds.

Redruth: B Rule (P Thirlby 61), T Notman, C Bonds, S Parsons, R McAtee (M Bowden 70), M Westren, G Goodfellow; J Tompsett (M Strick 77), R Brown (N Turner 75), C Williams, D Cook, J Rayment (L Collins 50), C Fuca (capt), B Priddey, M O’Leary

Scores – Tries – Priddey (3), Penalties – Westren (2)

Bournemouth: R Westcott, W Roberts, K Lynch, A Sutherland, B Stewart (G Berthonneau 70), J Metters (D Pollard 70), S Hardcastle; S Terry, F Wilford, A Manning (Capt), J Peart (J Hennings 55), R Fuller, J Rees, C Grace (C Scott 75), T Booth.

Replacement (not used): A Spikings

Scores – Tries – Peart, Metters

Yellow Card – Lynch (6)

Referee: Nick Williams (RFU)

Crowd: 786

Redruth-man-of-the-match: Ben Priddey, scored all three Redruth tries to cap a fine individual performance.

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