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VIDEOS: Ashley Morcom determined to succeed at Redruth

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 16, 2013

By Bill Sobey

VIDEOS: Redruth's Ashley Morcom battling on through summer

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom admits there is still plenty for his side to do in preparation for the new National League Two South season.

The Reds finished fourth last season and were in contention for promotion to National League One until the final few weeks of the season.

However, their ability to build on that success seems compromised by changes to the coaching set-up and struggles with player recruitment over the summer.

Director of rugby Adrian Edwards will take less of a hand-on role this season, while backs coach Steve Evans has left the club.

“We have tried to carry things on from last year,” said Morcom, who has been promoted from forwards coach to head coach.

“We weren’t going to change anything and Adrian was going to stay on and we were going to try and build something.

“Obviously, our circumstances have changed. Steve has left the club and Adrian has taken more of a back-seat role.

“It has left me to take over, which I’m chuffed to bits about, but it will be different from our original three-year plan.

“I have had to pick up a lot of slack and Luke Collins is now doing the strength and conditioning this year, which is difficult when you are still a player as well.

“But we have made a good start to pre-season and we are at a level that we feel we should be at and we’re looking to build right through to the start of the season.”

Morcom was buoyed by a 17-0 win over local rivals Camborne last weekend but he said there was plenty of room for improvement.

“After we sat back and had a look at it, we were a little bit disappointed,” he said. “We felt we should have put more points on Camborne than we actually did.

“It was very good to nil a side, that showed that we are doing something right. The difficulty now will be trying to get our attack and defence working at the same sort of level.

“I wouldn’t want to take anything away from Camborne, they played their socks off.”

Redruth play St Austell at the Recreation Ground on Saturday(3pm). The South West One side played against Cornish Pirates and the Cornish All Blacks in a triangular tournament last weekend, losing 54-0 and 10-5, respectively.

Morcom said: “They are a bit of an unknown quantity for us. We knew everything about Camborne but we have never played St Austell, for as long as I have been at Redruth.

“It will be interesting. They have got some good players, but we’re hoping we can stick to our structure a bit more this week and play some good rugby.”

The All Blacks, meanwhile, travel to Branstaple to take on former player-coach Steve Perry’s side.

The Launceston club’s head coach Spike Rainford said: “We know Steve Perry, their joint head coach, very well. They will have a good set of backs and a dogged set of forwards.”

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