Morcom delighted by Reds' pre-season win
REDRUTH head coach Ashley Morcom is looking forward to taking on Plymouth Albion on Sunday after his side's second pre-season victory of the summer.
The Reds, who begin their National League One season against Cambridge on September 7, beat St Austell 41-8 at the Recreation Ground over the weekend.
Although St Austell took the lead through Matt Shepherd's penalty, Redruth ran seven tries past their South West One opponents before visiting flanker Sid Venner achieved the visitors' only touchdown.
Reds scrum-half Greg Goodfellow and wing Jack Kessell scored twice each, while further tries came from forwards Damian Cook, Darren Jacques and Ashley Lawton.
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Morcom was satisfied with the improvement his men showed after the previous weekend's 17-0 win over Camborne, with fly-half Brett Rule and back-row Lawton both earning praise.
He said: "It felt a lot better today. Obviously, it wasn't a local derby like last weekend against Camborne.
"We must take nothing away from St Austell, they played really well. I was just happy we were able to rectify some things from last week. We knew St Austell would be fit, they are young side but I had no doubts we were going to roll them over at some stage.
"Ashley Lawton is doing very well at the moment. He is taking a while to learn how to stick to our patterns – he is still calling Camborne calls, which is a pain sometimes!
"It is good to have Brett Rule back. He is a good player and is one of the biggest things for us this summer.
"We missed him last year and he is a big addition. With him in our squad this year, we are going to go from strength to strength."
St Austell director of rugby Steve Murley was also pleased with his side's efforts.
He believes their challenging pre-season programme – which also included defeats to Cornish Pirates and Cornish All Blacks at Polson Bridge last weekend – will do them good ahead of their own league campaign.
He said: "It is always difficult when you come down to sides like this, who are upper-league opposition.
"I think we were well in it for long periods of the game and we now know if we work through our phases, keep our patience and structures, we can compete in the league we're going up to.
"We quite deliberately decided we were going to play several of our pre-season games away because we want to take the boys out of their comfort zone a little bit.
"We knew that we were going to be up against a wall and we knew that our structures were something we wanted to look at, and all in all we are pretty pleased."
Redruth play Plymouth Albion at the Recreation Ground on Sunday and then Barnstaple the following week. Morcom said: "It is another building stage for us, we are looking to go forward.
"We wanted to play teams below us than get to Plymouth as our penultimate game and then play Barnstaple the week after as well."
The Reds' League Two South rivals, the All Blacks, beat Barnstaple 24-12 at Pottington Road.