14 November 2017

Truro City 3 Dartford 1

Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850616

THE WHITE Tigers roared to a 3-1 victory over League leaders, Dartford, in the wind and rain at Treyew Road.
We came out of the blocks with real purpose and a strike from Noah Keats within the opening seconds stung the hands of the visiting ‘keeper.
The resulting corner caused problems for the visitors as Keats and Cody Cooke made their presence felt.
There was no let-up from City as we started on the front-foot and a poor clearance was seized upon by Keats who was just wide with his effort.
After the visitors went close with an effort from Wood going into the side-netting, we deservedly took the lead on 13 minutes when Tyler Harvey was brought down inside the area and he stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
It was two goals in as many minutes when a neat move down the right ended with the ball fed to Cooke who lashed the ball home.
We were in dreamland on 19 minutes when Conor Riley-Lowe did well out wide to firstly find Keats whose effort was blocked by the ‘keeper but as the ball came back in from Riley-Lowe, Cooke was able to sweetly find the net to make it 3-0.
There was only going to be one winner at this stage as we were asking all the questions and moving the ball around well on a slick surface.
Our visitors managed to pull a goal back on 24 minutes when a low free-kick into a crowded penalty area saw Vint turn the ball home.
There were appeals for a penalty when Harvey did well once more only for the ball to appear to strike a hand inside the area. The referee was unimpressed as play continued.
Another positive run from Harvey saw him pull the ball across the face of goal, but it just evaded Keats in the middle.
As we approached half-time, Harvey and Cooke linked up well again for the latter to go close.
The visitors had a spell of pressure just before the break but we stood firm to go in at the interval 3-1 to the good.
With the wind and rain continuing to lash down, we were looking solid as the visitors hunted for a way back into the game.
A header from Onyemah went just over for Dartford as they started to up the tempo.
Another raid from them saw Jamie Richards block bravely before Tom McHale did well to punch clear as the ball came back in.
Both sides were showing plenty of endeavour and there were chances at either end as Murphy’s strike had the sting took out of it by Billy Palfrey, whilst Keats was denied from close range by a deflection from the visitors.
It was a case of rolling our sleeves up and working hard as Dartford pushed men forward but we stood firm with everyone putting in a shift.
With time running out, Brown went close for the visitors and then in stoppage time McHale saved well as we held on to claim a hard-earned and deserved three points to move up into third place in the table.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Keats, Harvey, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Harding, Yetton, Copp, Neal, Thompson.
ATTENDANCE: 541.

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09 November 2017

Charlton Athletic 3 Truro City 1

Without Josh Magennis and the suspended Ahmed Kashi, Johnnie Jackson and Joe Dodoo came into the starting lineup with Reeves and Marshall replacing Tariqe Fosu and Billy Clarke.
The Addicks first warning shot came in the seventh minute when a dinked Ricky Holmes cross came to Jake Forster-Caskey, timing his run perfectly into the box. The midfielder’s powerful header beat Thomas McHale in the Truro goal but rattled off the crossbar and away to safety.
Ben Amos had to be on top form to prevent the visitors from taking the lead in the ninth minute when he pulled off a diving save to his right from a well-placed header by Tyler Harvey.
Reeves gave Charlton the lead in the 10th minute with a calm piece of control and left-footed finish on the half volley from near the penalty spot. The assist went to Jay Dasilva who crossed from the left after a clever run and pass by Holmes.
Minutes later Holmes went on a surging run again from the left, attracted three Truro defenders and had a shot deflected wide.
Truro weren’t going away and Chris Solly cleared a deflected Harvey effort off the line in the 21st minute after creating some room with a clever short corner routine. 
Forster-Caskey forced a 34th minute low save from McHale with a low left-footed drive from just outside the Truro area, the keeper was forced to palm the effort behind for a corner.
McHale was again called into action in the 42nd minute when he scrambled across his goal to tip a trademark Holmes free-kick around the post.
Mark Marshall scored his first goal for the club in the 53rd minute when he cut in from the right wing and smashed a left-footed effort at goal from outside the area. The ball took a deflection off a Truro defender to help it past McHale.
Marshall was causing problems and in the 56th minute the winger was played in by Dasilva who had beaten two Truro players but was denied by McHale who saved from the former Bradford City man again two minutes later.
In the 60th minute Truro pulled a goal back through Harvey who leapt well and headed home from six yards from a perfectly delivered, whipped cross from Billy Palfrey.
Tariqe Fosu was introduced on 62 minutes and immediately made an impression cutting in from the left and driving a shot at McHale which the busy goalkeeper dealt with.
Reeves restored the Addicks two goal advantage with driven finish from just inside the area after a lovely one-two with Holmes in the 70th minute.
The former MK Dons attacking midfielder was pulling the strings and in the 75th minute dinked a lovely ball through for substitute Karlan Ahearne-Grant whose shot went just wide. Minutes later Forster-Caskey dragged a low, powerful effort just wide after a clever Holmes lay-off.
The last few minutes finished with drama with Truro hitting the post at one end before Holmes, on the counter-attack, was denied by McHale.
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Konsa, Sarr, Dasilva, Forster-Caskey, Jackson (c), Marshall (Fosu, 62), Reeves (Clarke, 80), Holmes, Dodoo (Ahearne-Grant, 70)
Subs (not used): Phillips, Bauer, Aribo, Dijksteel
Goals: Reeves (10, 70), Marshall (53)
Booking: Amos (81, timewasting), Solly (89, foul on Neal), Konsa (90)
Truro City: McHale (c), Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Yetton, 84), Keats, Cooke (Allen, 71), Harding (Neal, 71), Harvey. 
Subs (not used): Todd, Thompson, Copp, Hartridge 
Goal: Harvey (60)
Booking: Neal (90)
Attendance: 4,494 (996 from Truro)
Referee: D Whitestone

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03 November 2017

Truro City 1 Bognor Regis Town 1

Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850595

The Rocks came away from their longest league trip in years with a valiant and battling point against title-chasing Truro City.
The Rocks fielded two debutants in Archie Edwards, a young left-back on loan from Charlton Athletic, and Ferdinand Takyi, who signed after time spent in German football.
The Green Army travelled in numbers and it was literally planes, trains and automobiles to get them there.
More than 100 hardy souls made the trip and made sure they paid a fitting tribute to supporter Ryan Purvis, who had passed away suddenly the previous day.
Those fans will have come back from Cornwall heartened by a credible draw against a very strong and organised Truro, who head to League One Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup first round next week.
Shooting towards the clubhouse in the first half the Rocks started brightly and Ben Swallow was the first to strike at goal after just two minutes but his shot sailed over.
After a bright start individual errors began to show on a slow and sometimes bobble pitch causing balls to over run and it was this that led to a yellow card for Truro's Ed Palmer after a late tackle on Calvin Davies.
The hosts took the lead on 15 minutes with skipper Ben Geering heading home at the far post after a great cross.
The Rocks battled after this setback and were unlucky not to equalise just seven minutes later when Swallow slid a ball in for the impressive Ibra Sekajja, whose shot was blocked by a last-gasp lunge from a Truro defender.
Truro doubled their tally of yellow cards received deep into the first half as striker Tyler Harvey was booked for dissent after contesting a decision with the referee.
As the half came to a close Bognor found themselves very much back in the game and their persistence paid off as Sekajja equalised after taking on the Truro right-back, who backed off allowing Sakajja a shooting opportunity which beat the Truro keeper Tom McHallee at his near post - to the frustration of the keeper but the delight of the travelling Rocks fans behind the goal.
Takyi had an opportunity gifted to him with the half-time whistle imminent as the Truro keeper and a defender were involved in a mix-up, leaving Takyi with a chance to poke the ball home but the bounce of the ball and an alert defender denied him and the chance was cleared as the goal beckoned.
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Truro started the second half much the better side and could have retaken the lead after just a few minutes when Cody Cooke headed over a Connor Lowe corner.
Debutant Takyi found himself in the referee's notebook on 60 minutes after a coming together with Truro's number seven in the box both trying to get to the ball that had squirmed free.
Sekajja and Takyi both had chances to give the Rocks the lead but had shots deflected wide by a resolute and very strong Truro defence.
Ollie Pearce was replaced by Jimmy Muitt with 15 minutes to go and Muitt was close to setting up Swallow almost instantly but the ball was just behind Swallow as he ran to shoot.
Takyi had the ball in the net on 80 minutes but was flagged offside by the assistant referee.
The hosts could and should have won the game but a fine save from the dependable Dan Lincoln after a close range shot ensured the spoils were shared, leaving the masses of Rocks fans happy with the point ahead of the long journey home.
Bognor will take many positives from this hard-earned draw.
The emergence in midfield of youngster Tommy Block and the solid debut from left-back Edwards will give all hope that this ground-out result can act as a springboard for better things, knowing they can compete and hold their own against a physical Truro side - despite fielding a starting XI that must be the youngest in the division.
Match report by I Guppy
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer

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22 October 2017

Wealdstone 2 Truro City 1


Wealdstone made the most of near gale force conditions to earn a richly deserved 2-1 victory over an in-form and high flying Truro City at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday.
Abobaker Eisa’s quick-fire double gave the Stones a well-earned first half advantage before substitute Tyler Harvey gave the White Tigers a late goal in an afternoon where both keepers pulled off several outstanding saves.
Bobby Wilkinson made three changes to the side from last weeks stalemate at Chippenham Town. Eddie Oshodi and Matty Whichelow returned from injury and Eisa’s form off the bench earned him a place up front. Josh Hill, Luke Williams and Dan Fitchett made way.
With strong and swirling winds from Storm Brian blowing up the pitch toward the Gun Turret End it was to be a game where the advantage would be shared in a half each as the challenging conditions dictated much of the play.
However Truro, against the wind, had the game’s first real chance; Jonathan North started his busy afternoon in the 22nd minute when he denied Cody Cooke from close range.
But the Stones took the lead on 27 minutes. Eisa chased down a long ball which Truro keeper Tom McHale tried to shield out of play by the corner flag but the eager forward robbed the keeper and swerved in an superb effort from a very tight angle into the open goal.
Eisa then doubled his tally two minutes later with a goal any weather forecaster would be proud of. Truro tried to clear before the ball looped backwards in the heavy wind and Eisa was in the right place to tap it home gleefully when the ball ran loose.
Truro then had the conditions in their favour in the second half and were denied several times by Jonathan North’s lightning reactions, denying Cooke again, his own defender Glenn Wilson, Alex Hartridge and River Allen.
The Stones also made McHale pull off several stops, he tipped over an excellent Danny Green free-kick and also thwarted both Wilson and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick from point-blank range in a hugely entertaining passage of play for the 812 crowd.
North was eventually beaten on 81 minutes by substitute Harvey, but the Stones weathered the storm for the remainder of the game with Manager Bobby Wilkinson happy to ‘ugly manage-out’ a very tense final 10 minutes.
Both Eisa and North took the plaudits at the end of the game but boss Wilkinson praised a strong all-round performance from his side afterwards.
The Stones, now in 10th position in the National League South, now travel to Welling United next Saturday in a London derby.
WEALDSTONE: North, Oshodi, Sellers, Wilson, Day, Cox, Whichelow (Brown 69), Okimo, Hippolyte-Patrick, Green (Goodger 80), Eisa. Subs not used: Fitchett, Wellard, Hill.
Report by Chris Woods

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15 October 2017

Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Truro City 2

Debutant Dan Sweeney missed a penalty with seven minutes to go and the game finely poised at 1-0 in a frustrating afternoon for the Beavers.
Sweeney had been so impressive for the duration of the game and the miss was a disappointing end to the match for the on-loan Barnet midfielder.
Two second half goals from Truro’s Noah Keats proved to be the difference in a game that Hampton dominated for large portions.
Hampton’s long unbeaten run comes to an end but there were plenty of positives in the performance for manager Alan Dowson to take.
The 14 positions in the table that separate the sides seemed to flatter the visitors as Hampton controlled possession with Sweeney in particular looking accomplished.
A relatively entertaining first half saw Hampton on top for the majority. Chances were few and far between, but the best did fall to the home side.
Truro keeper Tom McHale was definitely the busier of the two keepers saving well from Malachi Napa early on before thwarting Sweeney in the 42nd minute.
The game really came to life in the second half as both sides increased the intensity and went in search of a winner.
Max Kretzschmar looked very lively and his interplay with Christian Jolley led to the half’s first chance, as Jolley’s goal bond shot was deflected behind for a Hampton corner.
The home side increased the pressure and went close again through Marvin Morgan as a great ball into the box by Nathan Collier resulted in a goal-mouth scramble and Morgan’s tame effort being eventually cleared.
Against the run of play, Truro took the lead.
A long throw from the left-hand-side was flicked on and landed at the feet of midfielder Noah Keats who provided the finish from eight yards out low into the left hand corner of keeper Sam Howes’ goal.
This galvanised the visitors who took more of a control of the game after their opener.
Bernard Kiernan’s introduction provided Hampton with a bit more of an attacking impetus, with his direct running causing problems for the Truro defence.
As Hampton pushed further forward for an equaliser, more space was left in behind for Truro to exploit on the counter attack.
On one particular occasion a defensive mistake by Collier allowed Cody Cooke to break through and his shot was well saved by Howes.
With seven minutes to go, lively winger Napa’s cross was handled in the area by Truro left back Connor Riley-Lowe and the referee pointed to the spot.
After what seemed like an eternity, as the referee proceeded to book both Riley-Lowe and Jamie Richards, Sweeney was allowed to take it.
Unfortunately for Beavers’ fans his low shot was saved well by Truro keeper much to the delight of the travelling Truro fans.
This knocked the stuffing out of the home side who had battled hard all game to no avail.
With the clock winding down, a long ball up the pitch was taken down and excellently finished by Keats to double his tally.
His accurate shot from outside the box nestled into the same corner as his first, leaving no chance for the Hampton keeper.
A disappointing result for the side in a match that really could have gone either way. Truro were more clinical in front of goal and benefited from Tom McHale’s great day between the sticks.
Goals: Keats (60,89)
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC:
1. Samuel Howes
2. Nathan Collier
3. Joshua Casey (C)
4. Jack Cook (replaced by Crawford 84)
5. Charlie Wassmer
6. Shaun McAuley (replaced by Kiernan 65)
7. Max Kretzschmar (replaced by Moss 72)
8. Dan Sweeney
9. Christian Jolley
10. Marvin Morgan
11. Malachi Napa
Substitutes:
12. Brendan Kiernan (on for McAuley 65)
13. Martin Brenna (GK)
14. Ryan Moss (on for Kretzschmar 72)
15. Harry Crawford (on for Cook 84)
16. Taureen Roberts
17. Enoch Soganile
18. Michael Kamara
Truro City FC:
1. Tom McHale
2. Billy Palfrey
3. Connor Riley-Lowe
4. Jamie Richards
5. Ben Gerring (C)
6. Alex Hartridge
7. Aaron Lamont
8. Noah Keats
9. Andrew Neal
10. Cody Cooke (replaced by Yetton 90)
11. River Allen (replaced by Harvey 90)
Substitutes:
12. Chris Todd
14. Stuart Yetton (on for Cooke 90)
15. Jordan Copp
16. Tyler Harvey (on for Allen 90)
17. Niall Thompson
18. Austen Booth
Attendance: 784

08 October 2017

Truro City 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough FC 1


The unbeaten run was extended in Cornwall to 10 games as the Beavers had to accept a point in controversial circumstances at Treyew Road.In the unceasing rain, the Beavers started the brighter, and Malachi Napa's shot on 9 minutes served notice on the home support that Hampton were in no way concerned by the White Tigers winning run, keeper Tom McHale having to tip it over the bar.Hampton were just about on top as the half progressed, and just after the half hour, Bradley Hudson-Odoi latched onto the end of Marvin Morgan's pass, the shot looping onto the roof of the net.Chances were at a premium throughout the first half and Sam Howes had to be alert as he managed to keep the hosts at bay, gathering loose balls in the box on a regular basis.5 minutes before the break, Charlie Wassmer's tackle on Cody Cooke had the home support baying for blood in the shape of a red card after the defender's somewhat reckless challenge on the wet turf, but they were disappointed as the defender received only a caution.Truro had their best chance of the half right before the interval, Tyler Harvey's shot being parried by Howes, following a quick break by the White Tigers after Hampton pressure.In the early minutes of the second half, Napa's long range effort was spilled through McHale's grasp, the ball only just sliding wide of the post.On the hour, the Beavers took the lead; after a short corner routine, Josh Casey swung in a back post cross which had Cook and Wassmer queuing up to head home, Cook being the one to nod it home.This shell-shocked the crowd and Truro City had to dig into the increasingly softening pitch to try to retrieve the game.On 71 minutes, Allen pinged in a low drive that Howes could only get behind and block as the Beavers were having to defend, Wassmer and Cook having to put in massive efforts to keep the home team out.However on 78 minutes, the White Tigers were awarded what could only be called a soft decision for a penalty, Neal rather too easily falling to his knees in the crowded box after the slightest of tugs on his sleeve by Nathan Collier, which the referee deemed worthy of a spot kick.This left the red and blue shirts incensed at the perceived injustice of the decision, and after the box had been cleared, Riley-Lowe put the spot kick home, Howes not quite being able to get far enough over to reach it.Truro now had their tails up and kept pressing the Beavers defence but Cook, Wassmer and the whole team did their job manfully to make sure the Beavers departed a sodden, soggy Treyew Road with a point, and extend the unbeaten run to 10 games.

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