Old Albanian 34 Redruth 15
By Alan Nettle
Reds pointless despite putting in a good display away from home.
OLD ALBANIAN 34 REDRUTH 15
The final scoreline does not do justice to a committed Redruth effort in Hertfordshire, the reds were competitive throughout against one of the best teams in the league and a little unlucky not to come home with a bonus point.
There was rain at lunchtime but conditions were good when Redruth kicked off with a strong breeze at their backs on an overcast day at the Woolams.
Without injured skipper Damien Cook Redruth were under pressure from the start and in the opening minutes they made a number of good tackles with Brett Rule and Neilson Webber strong in midfield.
After conceding three penalties Redruth lost Tommy Phillips to a yellow card for coming in at the side of a ruck near the line after 7 minutes.
The OA’s made the man advantage count five minutes later when a loose kick gave them space to counterattack and good handling in an 80 meter move saw Mike Allen go over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Redruth got on level terms after 25 minutes when Webber picked up a loose ball and ran 35 meters down the right hand touchline to score near the posts, Murray Westren’s conversion hitting an upright and bouncing out.
The hosts were well organised and inventive as you would expect from a side coached by James Shanahan the previous Plymouth Albion coach. Skipper Billy Johnson brushed off a tackle to open up a lot of space before fly half Max Malins was able to dive over for a try that he also converted after 29 minutes. As the hosts took a 12-5 advantage into the break.
At the interval Redruth introduced Sam Stevens at scrum half with Peter Joyce and Ashley Lawton coming on in the forwards, it was Lawton who made the early yards before good handling involving Chris Fuca, Tom Cowan-Dickie and Tom Notman ended with Dan Rutter going over for a try that went unconverted four minutes into the second half.
Sloppy play from the restart saw Redruth concede a penalty that Malins put over from 35 meters, a few minutes later full back Nick Foster made the most of a loose ball to run in a try in the left hand corner that Malins converted to open up a 12 point lead.
Cowan-Dickie and Marriott did a lot of good work and the reds hit back with a spirited try while the Referee playing advantage, good handling in the backs saw Brad Janes show a lot of determination to go over in the corner for Redruth’s third unconverted try as the game entered the final quarter.
Flanker Harry Bate got the bonus point try for the home side and Redruth were kept in their own half for much of the last ten minutes as they conceded three successive penalties, however the reds tried to counterattack when ever the ball went loose.
With Luke Hatttam, Webber and Stevens limping off in injury time Allen went over for his second try with a good finish for Malins to convert from wide out to put some gloss on the score for the home side.
Tries: Allen 2, Malins, Foster, Bate
Con: Malins 3
N Foster; J Spiers, C Lombaard, C May, M Allen; M Malins, M Thompson;; H King, G Warner, C Garside, L Bickle, B Johnson (Capt), J Billows, H Bate, S Lunnon
Reps all used; A Taylor, B Walliker, C Stevens, J Pasqualin, O Marchon
Tries: Webber, Rutter, Janes
Yellow card: Phillips
M Westren (Rep B Keast 10-18 Min); B Janes, N Webber (Rep D Rutter 78 Min), S Parsons (Capt), T Notman; B Rule (Rep S Stevens h-t Rep B Rule 79 Min)), D Rutter (Rep A Hosking 61 Min); T Phillips (Rep B Keast 55 Min), R Brown, C Williams (Rep P Joyce h-t), C Fuca, L Hattam (Rep M Gidlow 79 Min), M Gidlow (Rep A Lawton h-t), T Cowan-Dickie, K Marriott
RedRobin Bourke (RFU)