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Redruth chase crucial points in home clash with Dings Crusaders

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Bill Sobey @billsobey

Redruth chase crucial points in home clash with Dings Crusaders

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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With that elusive first away win now secured, Redruth are looking to build momentum for their difficult run-in to the National League Two South season.

Last week’s five-point victory over bottom-club Exmouth eased the threat of relegation but this week’s game against Dings Crusaders will be even more important to their survival hopes.

Dings are third from bottom, in the last of the relegation places, but just six points adrift of Redruth in tenth.

A win at the Recreation Ground, against the only side in the bottom three who could realistically catch them, would enable Ashley Morcom’s men to tackle a testing run of fixtures with confidence.

Out of all the Reds’ remaining eight fixtures – following this weekend – only one is against a side currently below them in the table.

“It is really important that we build momentum going into the next few weeks through February and March and to the rest of the season,” said Morcom.

“We were delighted to go up to Exmouth and get five points in the bag.

“We have maybe been going away from home and trying too hard. Last week, we just went there and played. We didn’t do a lot different, all the boys just enjoyed their rugby.

“We ended up having to make some late changes last week but we have been trying to pick the same team week on week. At the moment we’ll have a nine-ten pairing and then have a different one the week after – it can’t be fun to play like that either.”

Dings have shown they are determined to fight their way out of the bottom three. They have won four of their last six games and beat Shelford in their last league match.

“Dings pose a massive threat to us,” said Morcom. “They have a lot of seasoned campaigners in their side, they are like what Redruth were five or six years ago.

“They have a big centre, midfield section and some really hard forwards. It will be really interesting to see what they bring down.

“When we played them away from home at the start of the season. We just made some crucial mistakes at crucial times.

“You can’t afford to do that against a side like Dings because they will put you away early. It is important we come out all guns blazing, just like we did up at Exmouth and try and blow them away.”

Although Morcom wants to continuity in his team selection, he will keep the conditions in mind.

“Hopefully, we can get pretty much the same side out again,” he said. “We do want to get that continuity in the side and if that means we have to leave certain people out, that is what we will do.

“Obviously you do look at the weather forecast and try to pick a side according to the conditions. There’s no point in having certain types of wingers, you want ones that are going to do a bit of work.

“We have been trying to get away from the forward play but sometimes you have to come back to it, if means winning games.

“If you’re not winning games with the conditions the way they are, you have to change your game plan.”

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