Battling Barnes still in survival chase

10:04am Monday 20th February 2012

By Ben Gilby

Barnes produced an impressive second half display to come within touching distance of victory against their famed Cornish opponents, but they ultimately fell whort with a 15-9 defeat compounded by results elsewhere in National Division Two South.

The Cornish men, up in sixth place in the league despite being mired in financial problems, started powerfully, and within five minutes had taken the lead through Peter Joyce’s try.Brett Rule’s attempted conversion missed.

Redruth, as ever backed by a vocal travelling support, continued to apply the pressure, but Barnes defended manfully, and reduced the deficit in the twentieth minute when full-back Warren Gower dissected the posts with his penalty.

This inspired the Cornishmen to go further on the offensive.

Rule’s penalty re-established their five point advantage.

As the clock ticked closer to half-time, traditional Cornish forward power had the Green and Golds in trouble, the consequence was the award of a penalty try.

Rule’s easy conversion ensured that Redruth ended the half leading 15-3.

With the momentum so clearly in Redruth’s favour, the second half looked ominous for Barnes.

However, Brett Taylor’s men are made of stern stuff, and produced a performance which caused the home support to become increasingly hopeful of a comeback victory.

Warren Gower’s penalty, a quarter of an hour into the half reduced the deficit as the outcome seemed increasingly in the balance.

With just four minutes remaining, Redruth’s Thomas Duncan was dispatched to the sin-bin and Gower landed the resulting penalty which brought the home side to within six points of the opposition, and the prospect of playing against opposition down to fourteen for the rest of the match.

Despite a monumental effort in the closing stages, the Green & Golds could not breach the Redruth defence, and received only one point for getting within seven points of their opposition.

Final whistles around the division resulted in fellow strugglers Westcombe Park gaining an unlikely losing bonus point at Richmond, and victories for Hertford and Dings Crusaders meant that Barnes’ efforts saw little reward in the battle for survival.

However, with games against Westcombe Park, Dings Crusaders and third bottom Lydney approaching, the Green & Golds still retain a good chance of avoiding the drop.

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