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Steady progress the key for Morcom as Redruth seek to beat drop

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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With just four league points and three league positions separating Redruth from the drop, every point counts for Ashley Morcom’s men.

The Reds took a losing bonus point from last weekend’s 26-20 loss at London Irish Wild Geese and it could be crucial in their fight to avoid relegation.

Morcom is hoping for more from this week’s home game against second-placed Canterbury, as their difficult run-in ramps up on Saturday.

He said: “There was some good rugby in last week’s game for us, it was just disappointing we made a couple of errors and gave them some easy tries. We got that losing bonus point, which is massive away from home for us.

“It is important that we pick up every point we can, when we can. This weekend, we have to aim for four so it is important that we get our mentality right. We need to kick-start our run to the end of the season this weekend.

“The three homes games we’ve got are Canterbury, Ampthill and Clifton and that will not be easy to build off – we have to get points when we can.”

Redruth lost 46-22 to Canterbury back in November but Morcom feels his side can achieve a better outcome now that their opponents are the ones making the journey.

He said: “Earlier in the season, we stuck with them for 60 minutes before becoming a little bit tired. That was our first mini-bus trip and there were a lot of tired bodies on the way home.

“But if we stick to our gameplan this time, there is no reason why we can’t beat them. They don’t pose any one major threat but they don’t give anything away. You have to make things happen.”

Skipper Chris Fuca is set to make his return to the match-day squad after missing last week’s game due to the birth of his first child.

However, on-loan Cornish Pirates front-row forward Mike Roach will not be available after sustaining an ankle injury.

Morcom, who will name his side today, said: “Chris has been at training this week and I imagine he will be in with a shout to play this weekend.

“He is a big person for us to get back in our side but the back-row we had went really well at the weekend and suited the style of play we needed.

“We will have to go out there again this week and take it to them.

“We want some consistency and momentum. We lost Mike Roach at the weekend and that was a massive blow.

“He is a very talented player with a big future ahead of him.”

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