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Redruth aim for league double over Hartpury College

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

By Bill Sobey @billsobey

Redruth aim for league double over Hartpury College

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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Redruth are seeking to become the only side to inflict a National League Two South double on leaders Hartpury College this season.

The Reds, who beat the students 32-29 in November, are the only side left on their hosts’ fixture list who could achieve that feat.

A victory would also distance the Cornish side from the battle to avoid relegation – they are currently eight points clear of danger, but have played a game more than many of their rivals.

Head coach Ashley Morcom says their chances of success this weekend depend on the Reds taking a clinical approach to the game.

He said: “We have to go there with the mentality that we are going to turn them over.

“We proved we can do it when we played them at our place, against the strongest side they put out all year. Not only did we turn them over, we outplayed them as well.

“Taking it at face value, we go there with every chance but we don’t know much about their selection.

“We just have to go there with a ruthless attitude and be abrasive.

“Being successful away from home is all about carrying a little bit of edge about yourselves. That’s what we have to do to ensure we come out on top.”

Morcom hopes to have a more settled side for the final five games of the season. The continual need to alter his line-up between home and away games has affected their ability to be consistent.

He said: “We have got most of the guys from last week and the likes of Rhodri [McAtee] are available and people like Matt O’Leary.

“It is difficult picking a side when you think about what the guys did at Shelford. We didn’t play badly but we didn’t play brilliantly, either.

“It is frustrating and it has been like this the whole year. There is only a short period left in the season now and hopefully, we can put things in place now that will last us the rest of the year.

“I really believe that if we can get the same side out on successive weeks, it would benefit us massively.”

The Reds will be without Colt Will Whitworth, who was forced off against Shelford last weekend with a serious knee injury on his debut, but lock Luke Collins is set to return.

“It is a shame for Will,” said Morcom. “It was not a nice thing to happen on your first-team debut and we hope he will be back in good time. Luke Collins is hoping to return to fitness this weekend and we’re still waiting on a few others.”

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