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Joy for Ashley Morcom as Redruth edge thriller at the Rec

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 09, 2013


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REDRUTH responded to head coach Ashley Morcom's half-time words to record a thrilling 29-25 National League Two South win over Bishop's Stortford.

The Reds were far from at their best in the opening 40 minutes and found themselves 22-7 down at the break.

However, they ended the game with a five-try bonus-point win after earning two penalty tries to go with scores from Matt O'Leary, Tom Notman and Rhodri McAtee.

McAtee's stoppage-time match-winner came after a huge spell of pressure in which Redruth played some exceptional rugby.

Morcom said: "The good thing about Redruth – even when I was playing – was you can give them a rollicking at half-time after under-performing in the first half and they respond.

"We responded to it today and you could see from the result that we kept playing. It's important now that we get to point where I don't have to shout at anyone.

"In the second half, we had a lot of ball but in the first half we spilled it a lot. But when we hold on to the ball, like we did in the second half, we find they are not actually that good.

"We played some really good rugby in the last ten minutes and the accuracy, passing and skill level for the last try was second to none.

"The last 20 minutes of the second half was probably similar standard to what you'd see in the Championship."

Redruth now travel to Clifton before hosting their bitter rivals the Cornish All Blacks four days before Christmas.

"We have been trying to build momentum for the whole season and we haven't quite managed to do it yet," said Morcom.

"It is important we go to Clifton and we give it everything with the intention that it will be the side that goes into the match against Launceston."

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