Redruth 36 – 24 Broadstreet
By Alan Nettle
It was a day of mixed emotions at the Recreation Ground as the Redruth faithful came to bid a fond farewell to three of the stalwarts at the club, Chris Fuca, Kyle Marriott and Sam Parsons - report by Bill Hooper
All three have contributed hugely to the Reds cause and also that of Cornwall’s in recent seasons and will be sorely missed come next season.
Still they signed off at home with a good win, the highlight being a four try blitz from dazzling winger Alex Ducker
Redruth had the try-scoring bonus point secured by half-time in what proved to be a typical end of season spectacle of running rugby from both sides, with Broadstreet briefly threatening a comeback after the break.
The result pleased forwards coach Gareth Tedstone who said after the game. “Great result to round off the home games, both sides threw caution to the wind and entertained the crowd in sunshine. Given the occasion the boys wanted to go out and put on a show.
“I was delighted in was such a good day for our retirees, all three had great games and I was delighted that Chris Fuca signed off at the Rec with our second try. All three have been phenomenal for the club over the years the standards they have set is an example to the younger players coming through. “
Redruth got the scoreboard ticking over after just 2 minutes when Alex Ducker bamboozled the Broadstreet defence for the first of his tries off a Jack Simmons pass. After he had beaten the first man on the outside you’d put your mortgage on him scoring.
Redruth maintained the pressure with Fuca running strongly to outpace the cover following good work from Parsons, Fuca was not going to be denied after he got his hands on the ball.
A third try came following turnover ball in the Redruth twenty-two, a strong break by Simmons saw him make ground before releasing Lewis Vinnicombe who showed he hasn’t lost any pace for try number three.
Each of those scores was converted by Richie Kevern for a 21-0 lead and at that point it looked like Redruth would run away with it.
Ducker bagged his second before half-time, however Broadstreet managed to pull back a try through flanker Chris Zutic, bettered by full back Ben Cooper.
Marriott had a busy game for the Reds whilst in the backs Simmons looked very sharp as did the alert Dean Bonds and Rob Coote. Luke Hattam and Jake Clemson worked tirelessly in the loose, whilst skipper Richard Brown as ever led by example.
Encouraged, Broadstreet scored two quick-fire tries after the break through replacement James Moreton and flanker Chris Idehen the latter converted by Cooper. Suddenly the game had taken on a different complexion.
Any ruffled Redruth feathers were quickly smoothed with two further Ducker tries completing the Redruth haul with Parsons and Bonds having a helping hand, but wing Harry Hudson’s try for Broadstreet gave them a try-scoring bonus point to take back to Coventry as they look re-group next season in Midlands Premier.
With three minutes to go Chris Fuca left the pitch to a richly deserved and heartfelt standing ovation.
The final whistle brought cheers from the crowd prior to the usual end of season partying in Hell fire Corner and the auctioning of the players’ shirts.
Redruth’s final game will be at Old Redcliffians who will be battling to keep their place in the league, so a hard game is on the cards next Saturday.
Redruth: D Bonds (C Gilbert 69), L Vinnicombe (P Nonu 41), J Simmons, S Parsons, A Ducker, R Kevern, R Coote; L Kivalu (E Salt 53), R Brown (Capt)(M Gidlow 54), C Williams (J Tompsett 53), L Hattam, J Clemson, C Fuca (R Brown 77), S Stevens, K Marriott.
Redruth scores: Tries Ducker (4) Fuca, Vinnicombe, Cons, Kevern (3)
Broadstreet: B Cooper, E Boxall (S Harman 63), D Glover, J Hickman (E Boxall 70). H Hudson, A Murray, N Thatcher; G Walsh (B Ritchie 35)(J Dodd 52) , L Truslove (S Harcourt 28)(L Truslove 68), J Dodd (G Walsh 41), N Rhodes (J Moreton 28), A Worthington, C Zutic (N Rhodes 63), C Idehen (C Zutic 65), M Dawes.
Broadstreet scores: Tries, Zutic, Moreton , Idehen, Hudson, Cons, Cooper (2)
Referee: Charles Gayther
St. Austell Brewery Redruth man-of-the-match: Skipper Richard Brown picked up the accolade on behalf of the whole team.
Gareth Tedstone and Sam Parsons comments.
With just one game to go at Old Redcliffians on Saturday, a side who will be battling to avoid the drop, Redruth have secured fifth place in National League 2 South and in truth the coaching staff at the Reds can feel that it’s mission accomplished.
Forwards coach Gareth Tedstone was pleased with the performance of the side for their final home game of the season a 36-24 win against relegated Broadstreet. “A great way to round off the home games for this season, an entertaining game of rugby for the large crowd on what was a pretty emotional day. Both sides entered into the spirit of the occasion and looked to throw the ball around.
“If it had been mid-season I probably would have had a few gripes about our defence but the boys wanted to put a show on today.
It was a final game for a trio of players who will be stepping down at the end of the season, Chris Fuca, Kyle Marriott and Sam Parsons. Marriott has been confirmed as the new player coach at St. Austell for next season.
“It was written in the stars that Fucs would score today, what a way for him to bow out getting on the score-sheet no better tribute to him.
“All three lads have been an example to all at the club, the work they have put in at training and then on a match day is huge testament to their contribution to the cause. They are going to be big boots to fill next season between them they must have racked up well over 650 games for the Reds, the exciting thing is we have got good youngsters to come in and it’s now up to them to step up.
Players like Brad Howe and Connor Gilbert have shown what they are capable of this season. There will probably be additions to the squad over the summer, we will look around and see who wants to take on the challenge of playing at this level and bettering their playing skills. We will need to add depth to the squad for next season.
One of the three retirees centre Sam Parsons spoke after the game. “It was an emotional day, I made my first appearance here back in 2007 so it’s been a long time and big part of my life.
Asked about a stand out memory from his time at Redruth. “It’s hard to pick one out, a couple of the cup wins in the old EDF cup, we pushed London Welsh close down here, but it has to be your teammates friends for life who you can always count on.
Parsons also has much to be proud of when playing for Cornwall. “Being part of the back-to-back wins in 2015/16 and the wonderful support from Trelawny’s Army have made for some great memories, rugby is an awesome game.
Asked about his future Parsons said. “I am going to have a break for a year from rugby, maybe play some soccer! If I miss it I could well be back, I am not retiring just taking a break.”