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Redruth still in hunt for top-two places, says Morcom

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 29, 2013

No.8 Tom Duncan has left Redruth to join the Cornish Pirates on a permanent basis PICTURE: Simon Bryant/Iktisphoto

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Redruth are refusing to give up on a top-two place in National League Two South, despite losing their last three games.

The Reds will look to bring that run of form to an end against Shelford at the Recreation Ground this weekend.

However, the third-placed Reds have still played a game more than Henley Hawks – who are seven points better off in second – as well as Hartpury College and Shelford.

"We're feeling positive despite taking a bit of a dent after three defeats," said forwards coach Ashley Morcom.

"All the good sides can perform badly and put it right and that is key for us as well. It is about how we come back after a little blip.

"We have got to re-establish Redruth as a fortress because we have prided ourselves on that all season. That took a knock at the start of our losing streak against Hartpury."

Shelford will be looking to avenge a 27-22 defeat to Reds earlier in the season. That particular result came during a difficult time, off the field, for the Redruth squad. In the days before the game, it became apparent the club would be unable to pay the players' wages due to financial problems.

"That was a significant point in our season really," said Morcom. "It was the week after we heard the bad news about the money issues at the club but the guys went up there and performed.

"Went up there pretty low and did a poor warm-up. It felt as though we might be on the end of a hiding but it was the total opposite in the game. Everyone played out of their skins.

"The worrying thing now is that Shelford will come at us with everything they have got because we beat them at home. Both barrels will be loaded and that is the way I would want it to be. I have never wished for us to play against a half-strength side."

Morcom believes a positive result could set their ambitions back on track. He said: "If we had won the last three games, we would be looking at a totally different conversation this week but all we are concentrating on is putting a result together.

"I still feel if we finish the season well and win the rest of our games, we still have a chance of finishing in the top two.

"It would have certainly been a lot easier if we had won the last three, everything would have been different and we would have been talking about what our plans might be for next year.

"It is still doable. It is about how we attack this weekend. If we come away with the results, there is a chance we can still be in the promotion play-off race. Top spot is well and truly gone but second maybe still there.

"I've come to the stage where I would definitely like to finish in the top three. We are chasing those goals and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season pans out."

Redruth, who also play Camborne in the Rodda's Milk Cup on Easter Monday, have no new injury concerns. Top-scorer Tom Duncan's move to Cornish Pirates is now permanent.

"We are not aware of any additional injuries this week," said Morcom. "We didn't train too hard this week because we have to remember we also have Camborne on Monday."

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