REDRUTH 10 DINGS CRUSADERS 15
Having won on their last two National Two South outings Redruth couldn’t make it three wins on the bounces as they lost at home for the third time this season to a gutsy Ding’s Crusaders side reports Bill Hooper from the Recreation Ground.
A win against Ding’s would have moved the Reds further away from the danger zone, instead they again find themselves being dragged back into the relegation mix and with their next two league games both away, their position is becoming precarious.
Redruth took the wrong option time and time again in the difficult conditions and they did not help their cause having to play for 20 minutes with just fourteen men.
Hats off the ground staff at Redruth who’s work on pitch during the morning ensured the game went ahead.
They did get off to a decent start with a try scored after 8 minutes by winger Matt Bowden in the Piggy lane corner following a patent build up and a scoring pass from fellow winger Tom Notman.
In the strong wind goal kicking was going to prove to be a lottery as full back Ashley Hosking found out with his attempted conversion from wide out.
Redruth were guilty of not securing the re start and Dings took full advantage setting up a try for No.8 Mike Uren under the posts with full back Mark Woodrow adding the conversion.
Redruth got back into Ding’s territory and set up a powerful driving maul, which saw prop Jess Tompsett drive over for Redruth’s second un-converted try and a 10-7 lead.
Ding’s pack ably led by skipper Ed Hack showed that they had the power to match the Reds as they worked their way back into the game.
Redruth’s cause wasn’t helped when flanker Ben Priddey was yellow carded for a silly offence at a ruck.
The Reds did well to keep the scoreboard intact whilst Priddey was off, but within a minute of his return lost centre Sam Parsons to the bin for foul play.
Woodrow had a chance to tie the scores with a penalty near half-time but his effort was wide.
Dings had the advantage of playing down the slope second half and were soon camped in the Redruth twenty-two.
A move off the training ground saw winger Joe Dancer power through the Redruth cover to set up Hack for Ding’s second try of the game, which Woodrow failed to convert putting the visitors 12-10 up.
With the swirling wind making kicking from hand a lottery Redruth were pinned back in their twenty-two for long periods of the second half.
With the final kick of the game Woodrow secured a precious win for Dings with a penalty from the twenty-two metre line to once again plunge the Redruth camp into another bout of self-doubt and anxious looks over their shoulders at the sides below them in the table.
Redruth: A Hosking, T Notman, C Bonds, S Parsons, M Bowden, M Westren (R McAtee 65), G Goodfellow; J Tompsett (M Roach 60), R Brown (N Turner 72), C Williams, D Cook, L Collins, C Fuca (Capt), B Priddey, M O’Leary (J Stevens 72)
Replacement (not used): D Bonds
Scores – Tries – Bowden, Tompsett
Yellow Cards – Priddey (28), Parsons (39)
Dings Crusaders: M Woodrow, J Oakley, R Dempsey, S Cox, J Dancer, M Burton, S Plummer; M Flook (M Hudd 67), D Wheeler, J Lloyd (J Cooke 70), E Hack (Capt), J Holcombe, M Lane, R Luckwell, M Uren
Replacements (not used): S Steer, W Tobin, R Weston
Scores – Tries – Uren, Hack, Penalty – Woodrow, Conversion - Woodrow
Referee: Nick Williams (RFU)
Redruth-man-of-the-match: Murray Westren, worked hard and kicked well from hand despite the conditions