RAMS maintained their nine-point advantage at the top of National Two South with a magnificent 32-14 victory at Redruth.

Despite losing lock Ollie Taylor to injury from the kick-off, the visitors soon settled down as they made the most of a catch-and-drive with Taylor’s replacement Craig Nightingale popping over in the corner following several phases, fly-half Alex Seers adding the conversion.

A carbon copy of the first try saw hooker Ben Henderson driven over as the Rams rutted their way through the Redruth pack for an unconverted try to put themselves 12-0 up.

Redruth needed a score and it came with their own powerful drive off a line-out with inspirational skipper Richard Brown getting the try, full back Aaron Simmonds adding the extras.

The returning Ben Priddey was looking lively for Redruth, as did Ed Pascoe as the forwards tried to get some momentum off Brown’s try. Busy winger Tom Notman put the home side in a good position, but the Reds could not take advantage, instead an error in mid-field by Redruth gifted the Rams a third try scored by flanker Louis Wolf. Having missed with the last two conversion attempts Seers made amends with a routine penalty moments later as Redruth again fell foul of the referee.

With half-time approaching Redruth grabbed a second try following several phases of play with No. 8 Sam Stevens being driven over under the sticks, Simmonds obliging with the extras.

The visitors largely dominated the second half and while the Rams survived a yellow card early in the second half, Redruth did not when they lost scrum-half Jack Oulton to the bin, conceding two tries through prop Jack Steadman and replacement back Joe Duffelen with Seers adding a further conversion to wrap up the win.

Rams will hope to record a 13th win in 14 games when they welcome 12th-placed Clifton to the Old Bath Road on Saturday (2pm).