Redruth 20, Leicester Lions 7

Richard Brown’s try deep into time added on was the icing on the cake for Redruth as they battled to hard-fought win against a feisty Leicester Lions side in difficult conditions, writes Bill Hooper.

Despite the appalling weather in the hours preceding the game, the Redruth pitch was in remarkably good condition.

That suited the visitors who made a strong start taking an early lead from a catch-and-drive scored by No.8 Nick Cairns, full-back Ben Young adding the conversion.

Young missed with a penalty chance moments later as the Lions continued to dominate the early stages.

Redruth were guilty of being a little over-eager at times but once again when they had to defended well.

They levelled matters with a great try scored by centre Brad Janes which saw some great hands in the build up from Matt Shepherd and Jack Simmons. Fly-half Fraser Honey added the conversion.

Just before half-time good play from Redruth saw Jack Oulton put wing Harry Davey in space to score a great try in the corner for a 12-7 lead at the break.

The second half saw defences on top with some hefty tackles which at times caused scuffles between the players, both sides lost a player to the bin.

A penalty kicked by Shepherd put Redruth two scores ahead with time fast running out.

The referee seemed happy to let play continue in the gathering gloom and with the final play Richard Brown went over for a second unconverted try to seal a good win for the home side and send the Redruth faithful home in good cheer.

Redruth are on the road next week with a long trip to Old Albanian.

Redruth: Shepherd, Davey, Simmons, Janes, Tucker, Honey, Oulton; Phillips, Ma’asi, Tompsett, T. Prisk, J Prisk, Pascoe, Grubb, Howe (Capt). Reps: Brown, Williams, Hodge, Fox, Stevens

Redruth scores: Tries - Janes, Davey, Brown; Con - Honey; Pen - Honey.