27 February 2013

TISA Meet Saturday 2nd March 2013.

TISA Members Meeting Saturday March 2nd 12:30 at Truro Railway Club, Truro.

If you cannot attend and require a copy of Saturday's agenda and a set of minutes from the last meeting then let us know and we'll email you copies. If anybody wants to join then we can email you an application form which if in order and returned to us before Saturday will allow you attend this Saturdays meeting.

All are welcome to join. Forza Truro City.

25 February 2013

Lee Hodges happy with point despite last-kick disappointment

Source: Western Morning News LINK

Lee Hodges reflected on a "point won"  following Truro City's 1-1 Blue Square Bet South draw at Westcountry rivals Bath City.

Truro's player-manager, who played at sweeper for a second match running, said: "At 90 minutes and 0-0, we would have taken a point and been happy to do so.

"It wasn't the greatest of games or most exciting of spectacles, a typical mid-season affair, but defensively we looked solid and it looked as if 0-0 was on the cards."

The game sparked into life in stoppage time as Truro striker Andy Watkins found goal from 25 yards, lobbing home goalkeeper Jason Mellor.
Hodges said: "Everything changed from that minute. Andy has had half a sniff of a chance and got a great goal from outside the box. It was a brilliant strike and worthy of winning any match."

However, Watkins' wonder strike was cancelled out by Josh Low with the virtually the last kick of the game as he latched on to fellow substitute Charlie Griffiths' flick-on to level. Hodges said: "The weird thing was our goal changed the match and it certainly affected us.

"I don't know why but we turned to jelly after that defensively and they took advantage with a flick-on and another flick-on for Low to score.

"It was such a shame because we would have been happy with 0-0, then Watto scores and we are looking at three points and another away win. Then we concede with basically the last kick of the game, we hardly had time to kick off, and it felt more like a defeat."

Hodges admitted, given time to reflect, he gained a more philosophical outlook on the result.

Yesterday he said: "This morning it certainly feels like a point won. Like I said, Paul Kendall and Ben Gerring defended really well and, although we lost Martin Watts, Ben Williams came on and slotted in.

"We all did well defensively, it was just a shame that all of us were left looking at ourselves after they equalised.

"It was a culmination of not being able to deal with the cross, the first flick and the second and the goal, and for that we share the responsibility.

"It's something we need to address on Tuesday night when we play Weston, because for 90 minutes at Bath we defended well. We must just learn to defend well for 94 minutes, that's all."

Hodges reported fellow defender Watts had suffered an ankle injury and will be a fitness doubt for tomorrow's match against Weston-super-Mare at Treyew Road.

Hodges added: "On behalf of the lads and myself, I would like to thank all the supporters who travelled up and then cheered us for 90 minutes or more – they were amazing! I hope it was a point gained for them."

Truro's head of football development Steve Massey has refuted claims that City "chucked money" at Paul Kendall to sign for the club.

The central defender joined the White Tigers from Tiverton Town last week, with Tivvy manager Mark Saunders saying: "They [Truro[ just gave him an offer that he could not refuse to turn down.

"He has only got a little job, really, where he doesn't get paid that much."

However, Massey responded to Saunders' claim by saying: "The only thing we chucked at Paul was our ambition. He is well within our current wage structure."


LEE'S VERDICT on Bath City  1  Truro City  1:  "It was a very even game with defences on top.  Andy Watkins scored a fantastic goal with a half-chance and it was desperately disappointing that we could not hold on to that lead, especially as we had defended really well for most of the match."

"The fans were absolutely terrific at Bath, from start to finish, and the boys really appreciated it.  We hope to see them out in numbers and in good voice again tomorrow.  It's a fantastic boost for all the players and staff."

TEAM NEWS for tomorrow's match at home to Weston-Super-Mare, kick-off 7.45 pm.

 JAKE ASH (groin) out.  MARTIN WATTS (ankle) late fitness test. SQUAD:  Luke Payne, Paul Hider, Calron Hall, Lee Hodges, Paul Kendall, Ben Gerring, Marcus Martin, Ben Williams, Joe Broad, Cody Cooke, Les Afful, Andy Watkins, Barry Hayles, Martin Watts, Matt Wright.

Mike Truscott.

Bath City match report by Jon Flynn - Football Exclusives

LINK HERE by Jon Flynn courtesy Football Exclusives

Late drama at Twerton Park warmed up what Bath City manager Lee Howells called “a frustrating 90 minutes” on a cold afternoon in Somerset.

An injury time equaliser from second half substitute Josh Low, gave Bath City a share of the points, after Andrew Watkins had given Truro the lead in the 85th minute.

The game started very slowly, with both midfield’s conceding possession in the opponents half very easily and not looking like threatening the other teams goal.

Bath had the first chance of the game from a deep cross into the box from left back Aaron Brown, Truro City's Player/Manager Lee Hodges was unable to control and Bath's striker Elliot Chamberlain pounced on the loose ball, but only managed to hit the keeper Luke Payne, with the shot from a tight angle.

Both teams kept giving away possession deep into the first half, with neither side seeming to have the killer pass to be able to have a chance on goal.

Truro's striker Andrew Watkins twice nearly got on to long balls from defender Martin Watts, but Dan Ball for Bath, was more than capable of getting back and clearing the danger.

On the half hour mark Truro got the first real chance of the game, with a free-kick just left of centre on the edge of the Bath penalty area, from a foul by Adam Connolly. Les Afful took the kick, which curled round the wall, but was well saved by Jason Mellor and cleared by Kerry Morgan.

Bath enjoyed more of the possession towards the end of the first half, but never looked like breaking down a well organized Truro back four. Any balls that Bath did eventually get into the box were always well clear by one of the Cornish sides centre backs.

After half-time, Bath showed a lot more tempo to their game and quicker passing play between the players, this seemed to push Truro deeper and deeper into their own half.

Two early appeals for penalties were turned down by referee Barry Holderness, the first, a claim of handball against Hodges from and volley from Elliott Chamberlain, and the second, a good bit a build up play by Simpson and Keats put Chris Allen through on goal, only for Ben Gerring to barge him over in the area.

Bath had most of the second half possession, but just like the first they couldn't find a way through the Truro defence.

Into the last ten minutes of the game and with (Bath) fans starting to leave the game started to liven up, first through Elliott Chamberlain, who ran onto an Aaron Brown pass down the left, and unleashed a cross-come shot that clipped the top of the Truro crossbar.

Then as the clock ticked into the 90th minute, Bath defender Dan Ball got his positioning all wrong under a long ball from Truro captain Marcus Martin and allowed Watkins volley in first time from 30 yards past a helpless Jason Mellor, to put Truro one up in the game.

Straight from the kick off Bath went up the other end and found Chamberlain unmarked in the penalty area.  He curled a shot underneath Luke Payne, only to have it cleared off the line by Paul Kendall.

As the game went into its third minute of injury time, Bath got their equaliser, courtesy of an Aaron Brown long throw from the left.  Bath's target man Charlie Griffin headed the ball towards the back post, where Josh Low smashed the ball in to the back of the net.

The scores were equal again and the fans who had stayed couldn't believe the last five minutes of this game.

Bath City: Mellor, Simpson, Brown, Preece, Jones, Ball, Connolly(Canham 68), Keats, Allen(Griffin 77), Chamberlain, Morgan(Low 63). subs not used Walker, Norris.

Truro City: Payne, Hodges, Watts(Williams 30), Gerring, Kendall, Broad, Cooke, Martin, Hayles(Wright 55), Watkins, Afful. subs not used Hall, Hider.

Written by Jon Flynn - @jonflynny

24 February 2013

Live entertainment at the Penalty Spot - Sat 2nd March

Live entertainment returns to the Penalty Spot on Saturday 2nd March from 7.30 pm

The second event at the "new" Penalty Spot is the local Cornish band STRAWDOGS.  They are a 4-piece playing a mixture of modern anthems and timeless classics.  This is an evening not to be missed with free admission and the usual cheap prices on the drinks.

From the Strawdogs website:

"We a four piece function band who formed in November 2010 and played our first public gig in February 2011. Our set lists cater for all sorts of tastes and we perform for private and public functions, public houses & hotels.
Our goal and our passion is to be the best function band in Cornwall and to give our audience an evening to remember, whilst also getting them to interact with us."

Truro experience new Low as stoppage time goal denies them victory; plus Bath City FC official report

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton. LINK

Bath City 1 Truro City 1

Truro were cruelly denied their first Blue Square South double of the season by a 94th minute Bath equaliser, writes Rhod Mitchell at the Mayday Trust Park.

A superb 25-yard lob by City striker Andy Watkins looked to have given the visitors a precious three points, in what was an instantly forgettable game.

But City were undone when a flick on by Charlie Griffin found fellow substitute Josh Low at the far post and he hammered the ball into the roof of the net to break the visitors' hearts.

The previous 90 minutes was largely devoid of excitement and quality with neither keeper seriously tested.

In a first half there was little to excite the crowd of 574, which included around 40 hardy Truro supporters.

Truro also suffered a blow just before the half hour when Martin Watts twisted his knee and had to go off to be replaced by Ben Williams.

After the game Watts said he did not expect to be out of action for too long.

Watts had earlier shot over from long range, while the lively Les Afful stung the hands of Bath keeper Jason Mellor with a free-kick.

At the other end, Truro keeper Luke Payne, who had a very impressive game, did well to deny Elliott Chamberlain at the near post.

The second half was little better, with City surviving two penalty shouts for a handball against player-manager Lee Hodges and Ben Gerring for a challenge on Chris Allen.

But the game looked to be heading for a dour 0-0 draw when, out of nothing, Watkins beat a stranded Mellor with an audacious lob in the final minute of normal time.

And that looked to have settled the match, but not for the first time this season, City's defence, which had looked so solid, conceded a late goal, leaving them with just a point, though in truth a draw was probably a fair result.

They are next in action at home to Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday evening.

Bath City: Mellor; Simpson, Brown, Preece, Jones (capt), Ball, Connolly (Canham 65), Keats, Allen (Griffin 77), Chamberlain, Morgan (Low 64). Subs (not used) Norris, Walker.
Truro City: Payne; Hodges, Gerring, Kendall, Cooke, Broad, Martin (capt), Watts (Williams 29), Afful, Hayles (Wright 56), Watkins.
Subs (not used): Hall, Hider.
Yellow cards: Hayles (37), Cooke (75).
Half time 0-0.
Goals: Watkins (90) 0-1, Low (90 + 3) 1-1.
Crowd: 574.
Referee: Barry Holderness (Whitford).

BATH CITY MATCH REPORT - Coutesy Bath City official site

Stoppage time drama as Low resuces City from Truro embarrassment (23/2/13)

For ninety minutes this afternoon City and Truro City served up a whole-hearted, but desperately lacking in quality, game of football at Mayday Trust Park before two stoppage time goals produced a remarkable and unexpected climax.
The visitor's struck first when Andy Watkins produced a stunning dipping shot that flew past Jason Mellor and looked to have earned the Conference South bottom a rare victory. However, two minutes later City avoided the embarrassment of a second defeat this season against the White Tigers, Josh Low firing into the roof of the net after Gethin Jones had flicked on Aaron Brown's long throw.
In truth, neither side had done enough prior to this to deserve the win as City struggled to deal with the hard-working Cornish side, belying their almost certain relegation back to the Southern League at the end of the season.
Elliott Chamberlain shot against keeper Payne's legs after 15 minutes but this was as close as either side came in the first half. There was little change into the second period as City were reduced to a couple of optimistic penalty appeals.
As the game reached its final quarter Truro began to enjoy more possession but rarely looked to have the quality to make this count until out of nowhere Watkins - who had been linked with a move to City earlier in the season - produced a rare moment of class.
When Charlie Griffin had a close range effort cleared off the line moments later it appeared Truro would head back to Cornwall with the three points but there was still time for Low to pounce, much to the relief of the majority of the 574 crowd.

20 February 2013

Former striker Moore sinks Truro City on return to Treyew Road

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton LINK

Truro City 1 Dorchester Town 2

Former City striker Kieffer Moore returned to haunt his former club, scoring both his new team's goals, including a late winner, to condemn Truro to yet another Blue Square Bet South defeat.

It was tough on the home side after a much improved performance following Saturday's dismal display against Staines Town, but they were again left with nothing to show for all their efforts.
Moore has now scored three goals in his last two games since leaving City for the Dorset club, who made him a very attractive financial offer, earlier this month.

And the teenager showed just why he has been attracting the interest of Football League clubs as his goals settled a somewhat fractious encounter under the Treyew Road lights.

He has now scored 16 goals in his first season at this level and is third in the race for the league's Golden Boot.

To his credit he did not over celebrate his goals as he showed his former club just what they have lost as they went down to their seventh defeat in nine games in 2013.

His first came after 22 minutes when he was left unmarked to head home a corner, but Dorchester's lead was shortlived as Martin Watts almost immediately levelled with a dipping 35 yard free-kick past a helpless Jason Matthews in the visitors' goal.

It was no more than Truro deserved after a bright start with a Watts free-kick tipped over by Matthews, while Cody Cooke and Andy Watkins also went close.

Making his debut in goal for City was reserve team keeper Luke Payne who came in as a late replacement for Paul Hider, who has an injured back and the 23-year-old enjoyed a solid game.

Player-manager Lee Hodges also brought himself back into the team after a four match absence while Paul Kendall started in place of injured skipper Jake Ash.

In an entertaining second half both sides had chances, with Andy Watkins a real threat for City, but the game looked to be heading for a draw when four minutes from time Moore pounced on a loose ball when City failed to clear a cross and drove the ball into the bottom corner for the winner.

City return to action at Bath City on Saturday.

City: Payne; Cooke, Gerring, Hodges, Kendall, Watts, Afful, Martin, Broad, Watkins, Hayles (Wright 87). Subs (not used): Hall, Williams.

Dorchester Town: Matthews; Jermyn (capt), Smeeton, Pugh, Walker, Coleson, Malsom, Nicholls, Moore, Clough, Martin. Subs (not used): Morgan, Bell, Way, Brooks, Walker.
Referee: Richard Hulme (Radstock).

Tiger Talk Puddy comment:

"A battling and improved performance against a very mediocre and pedestrian outfit who must be one of the few teams to come here and offer no pace going forward. Apart from Andy's efforts there was little threat up front and the difference between the teams was quite simply Keiffer Moore, a predatory striker who powered in a free header from a cross and pounced on a defensive mistake to finish the job. If he had still been playing for us we would have won. Martin Watts troubled them with his free kicks but at the moment that seems to be our only real threat. Team faded in last twenty minutes but overall welcome effort all round.

Decent crowd on a COLD night. "

17 February 2013

Truro City v Staines Town video and comments summary

Truro City slump to a demoralising home defeat by Rhod Mitchell LINK
Truro City 0 Staines Town 3

CITY'S hopes of winning two Blue Square Bet South games in a row for the first time this season were blown away by the struggling visitors.

It was a lacklustre performance by the home side who could have had few complaints as they slumped to a demoralising defeat against the Middlesex outfit.

Goals by Tyrone Marsh, debutant Doug Bergqvist and fellow defender Sam Page eased Staines to a vital three points in their battle to escape relegation.

And to make matters worse for bottom club City, they lost talismanic skipper Jake Ash to a first half groin injury which looks likely to rule him out of Tuesday's home with Dorchester Town (7.45pm).

His place was taken by new signing Paul Kendall, who has joined from Tiverton Town.

And after the game a demoralised looking City boss Lee Hodges apologised for his team's performance.

He said: "It was just not good enough but we can't mope around and have got to go again on Tuesday. I can only apologise to our fans."

City never really got into the game on a perfect afternoon at Treyew Road and had several narrow escapes before going behind ten minutes before half time when Tyrone Marsh scored from close range after the home defence had been caught napping.

And any hopes of a second half fight back were ended after only 90 seconds when Bergqvist forced the ball home after Paul Hider had parried David Wheeler's shot.

Poor marking from a corner allowed Sam Page to head home the third for the Staines side who comfortably saw out the game without too many problems, leaving bottom club City to contemplate a painful end to a traumatic season if this is to be their level of performance.

Truro City: Hider; Hall, Gerring, Ash (Kendall), Watts (Williams 71); Cooke, Broad, Martin, Afful; Watkins, Hayles (Wright 71). Subs (not used): Hodges.
Staines Town: Turner; Ferrell (Erivaldo), Bergqvist , Page, Worsfold; Wheeler, Ferguson, Ifil, Beadle (Mills 61), Lodge, Marsh (Garrod 87). Subs (not used): Merson, Bor.
Half time: 0-1
Goals: Marsh (35) 0-1, Bergqvist (47) 0-2, Page (65) 0-3.
Referee: John O'Brien (London).
Crowd: 478.

Video highlights by Mark Huckle, Piran Films.

Tiger Talk forum comments:


A lacklustre, lethargic performance against an average but lively team who simply seemed to want it more. No penetration up front, ( their keeper was virtually redundant ), the midfield was slow and unimaginative, the defence was jittery and often sliced open ( was Jake even fit in the first place?).

Too many players seemed off the pace and only Andy and Calron showed any real fight and determined spirit.

Overall a poor display in front of a decent crowd-470ish. One to forget and get out of the system asap!!

Gorran Blade:

Got to agree with you Puddy. We were letting them get round our full backs; Martin Watts is not match fit and it showed by the number of times their winger and right back got to the byline.
Jake was also off the pace and it looked like he may have pulled a stomach muscle or even a hernia. Anybody know his problem?
Towards the end Ben Gerring was having trouble and it wouldn't surprise me if he was out of tuesday's game.
Anyway it looks like Southern League next season but I for one will look forward to it.

16 February 2013

City snap up defender but miss out on Bodmin striker

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton LINK HERE

TRURO City have boosted their squad ahead of todfay's home game against Staines Town  by  signing Tiverton Town central defender Paul Kendall, but  have missed out on free scoring Bodmin Town striker Chris Luxton who has decided to stay with the Priory Park club.

Kendall, 23, who was captain at Tiverton, has previously been with Plymouth Argyle and Bideford and is available for selection for today's match.

City had also hoped to snap up 18-year-old Luxton, who has scored 21 goals for the Carlsberg Peninsula League champions this season in 29 league and cup appearances.

But  City's Head of Football Development Steve Massey said today that Luxton, who has attracted the attentions of a number of higher level clubs,  felt   it was "not the right time" to try his hand at Blue Square South football.

Massey added that the club were delighted to have signed Kendall from the Southern League  Division One South & West  side.

"He is a no nonsense centre half  and also a threat in other side's boxes at set pieces. He will be a great asset to the club."

A Tiverton spokesmand said "The club would like to thank Paul for his significant contribution to the club while he was with us and wish him the best of luck in the future.

"Paul has said that he really appreciated the support he received from the club and fans and it's with a heavy heart that he moves on."

Massey added he was disappointed that Luxton had not decided to join City for the rest of the season.

He said: "Life is like football. You cannot always pick the time to do things. It was a fantastic opportunity for him to sample what we are and what the league is all about.
"But we only want players here who want to be here."

Paul Kendall of Tiverton Town signs for Truro City

Tiverton Town skipper, Paul Kendall, 23, has signed for Truro City and is available to play today against Staines Town.  Kendall will be a welcome boost to the squad and he is expected to strengthen the team's defence.

Bio: (From Tiverton Town official site)

"TheTiverton club captain, despite his relatively tender years, Paul arrived at Ladysmead from Bideford in July 2011 and quickly established himself as a key part of the team. He had initially moved to Bideford having played in the Youth and Reserve sides at Plymouth Argyle and then with Dawlish Town, but his only season in North Devon was cut short when he suffered a broken leg in freak circumstances, ironically in a match against Tiverton.

Paul then missed the final five months of the season but despite his lack of action, Mark Saunders still moved to bring him to Tivvy. His early time at the club was hindered somewhat as he sought to regain full fitness, but by October he was back to full speed and proving to be a quality acquisition.

His influence and leadership on the pitch was rewarded when he was handed the captain’s armband, since when he has improved still further and can now be considered one of the most dominant and consistent central defenders in the league."

Tiverton Town statement:

Paul Kendall has today left the club to join Truro City.

"The club would like to thank Paul for his significant contribution to the club while he was with us and wish him the best of luck in the future. Paul has said that he really appreciated the support he received from the club and fans and it’s with a heavy heart that he moves on.
The club would also like to thank Dave Kendall for his contribution to the club while his son was with us."

Welcome to Truro City Paul.

15 February 2013

Club shop

Club shop open for business this Saturday

Truro City marketing dept have been busy over the last few weeks.  Things are definitly starting to look up!   For the first time this season,  new stock will be available at the club shop for Saturday's game against Staines Town. Shirts, Polo Shirts, Tee shirts, Scarves, Hats and Car stickers etc will be available.

Whilst on the subject of kit, Mr Masters has tweeted the following last night:

62% Existing colours Home, with Away red/black (for) all Truro Teams - Don't like it? is the official site - vote for change.

The direct link to take you to the Official Poll is HERE

14 February 2013

Lee Hodges: Truro City can cope without Kieffer Moore

Source:  BBC Sport LINK

Truro City boss Lee Hodges says his side will be able to cope without striker Kieffer Moore.

The 18-year-old, who has scored 13 goals this season, moved to Dorchester Town earlier this week.

"I'm disappointed to lose him, but players move on and he's decided to move," Hodges told BBC Cornwall.

"But we've got a great bunch of lads here, I've got Barry Hayles up front, I've got Matty Wright who's jumping at the bit to get on the pitch."

Moore joined from local football in Devon and formed an impressive partnership with Andy Watkins in the City attack.

"He's a really big loss," conceded Hodges.

"He's come in from very local football, we've given him an opportunity and it took a bit of time for him to get going, but he's managed to do very well as the season's gone on.

"It came out of the blue that he decided to leave.

"But it's not as if we haven't got any centre-forwards here. We'll be fine for the time being, and if Steve Massey [head of football development] can bring someone else in then great."

13 February 2013

Truro City v Staines Town Sat 16th Feb - special offer from the club

Truro City v Staines Town - this Saturday 16th February 3pm KO.

Club special offers

This Saturday, the club are offering some enticing deals:

Free new style Matchday Programme to every adult fan.

Reduced price entry for adults at £10

£5 entry for Truro Penwith College students (ID required. This offer is ongoing).

Special one-off £5 entry for Falmouth University students (ID required).

Just in case you forgot about Valentine's Day, what a perfect way to repay your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or partner!

11 February 2013

Dorchester Town FC confirm signing of Kieffer Moore

Source: Official Dorchester Town FC website LINK

"The club (Dorchester Town FC) are delighted to announce the signing of 18 year old Keiffer Moore from Truro City on an 18 month contract.

The 6 ft 3 striker joined Truro this summer after a number of impressive seasons in Cornish football and has scored 13 goals already this season. Keiffer was being watched by a number of clubs and so the club are delighted to have captured his signature having moved swiftly."

City Alerts and the Sunday Independent column by Mike Truscott



Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges has heaped praise on the latest player to join the “300 club” at Treyew Road.

Experienced midfielder Joe Broad clocked up a triple century of appearances for City when he played in their 3-2 defeat at Dover Athletic last Saturday.  He joins striker Stewart Yetton in having reached that milestone, with three more set to join them soon.

Broad’s feat is all the more notable for coming in the wake of a season when some observers feared his best was behind him.

Hodges reflects: ‘A lot of people were saying he wasn’t the player he used to be, but I never doubted that he was still a very good player.  He had missed pre-season through injury and when that happens it is extremely difficult to get to the level everyone knows you are capable of.

‘This time he’s had no such problems.  He had a full pre-season, playing in all the friendlies, and the result is there for all to see – he’s been one of our most consistent players, putting in outstanding displays week in week out.  He’s right back up there, at the peak of his performance’

Hodges adds:  ‘He’s is a great guy on and off the field, a real team leader, and to play 300 times for one club, at any level, is a brilliant achievement.”

Broad was one of the first of the experienced signings to join Truro at the start of their meteoric rise through the leagues nearly a decade ago.  He brought a wealth of experience after Football League action with the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town, Torquay United and Walsall.

‘I’m convinced he could have played at an even higher level,’ says Hodges, ‘but that was his call and he decided Truro was the place for him.’

The club has reaped the benefits time and again, including the FA Vase triumph at Wembley in 2007 when Broad was one of the scorers in the 3-1 win over AFC Totton.

He is nine appearances behind Yetton, currently on 309 but out with a serious knee injury since October.  Moving ever closer to the 300 club are skipper Jake Ash, currently on 289, and Andy Watkins and Marcus Martin (both 280).

The Truro Fans website commented:  “A fantastic achievement for Broady but also, in the modern era, highly unusual for a group of players to achieve this record together – and even more so with Truro City’s recent travails.”

Broad’s milestone appearance at Dover last Saturday came after yet another eventful coach trip for the team – their third in a month.

For their match at Welling on January 5, the Truro party finally checked into their hotel at around 12.15 am after a two-and-a-half hour motorway delay when their coach broke down.

Seventeen days later, their coach had to turn back at Taunton when a blizzard halted their trip to Eastleigh.
Then, for Dover, a puncture caused another long delay and arrival in their hotel after 4 am.

After narrowly losing 3-2, it prompted this comment on the TigerTalk fans forum:  “Another remarkable performance from an exceptional group of players. How many bottom-of-the-league teams would spend over five hours in a motorway service area on the way up last night because of bus problems, before getting to their hotel after 4 am, and then match one of the top sides?

‘Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised any longer; they have made a habit of tackling adversity head on. Well done, lads.’


LEE'S VERDICT on Hayes & Yeading  1  Truro City  2: 

"Football can be such a funny game.  We didn't play as well as we have done in recent weeks, especially in the first half, but we went in 1-1 and then nicked the winner in the second half.  It was a very even game and the result was nothing more than the boys deserved after all their efforts of recent weeks.  I'm delighted for the players, supporters and everyone concerned with the club."

10 February 2013

Breaking News tonight: Kieffer Moore linked with Dorchester

According to sources on Twitter tonight, Dorchester Town FC have approached Mr Masters with a transfer request.  Mr Masters has said that a statement will be issued once the position becomes clearer.

Yesterday Kieffer Moore scored the winner against Hayes & Yeading, taking his goal tally to an impressive 13 this season.  Kieffer is joint 4th in the goal scorer's league table and just four goals behind the leader.  This fact no doubt, hasn't gone unnoticed by other hawkish clubs.

Let's hope that he stays.

City Alerts - the players have their say on strip colour

"All the players have grown very fond of the white shirts. It is all we have known, and so much of our success has been while we have been wearing the white. Because of that I think we would all like to see the white stay as a home kit. Saying that, we obviously respect the club's history prior to our time here and I am sure we would all welcome a return to the red and black in some way - perhaps as an away strip".

Jake Ash, Club Captain.

(Mike Truscott, City Alerts)

Hayes and Yeading Match Report by Kevin Watts

Source: Hayes and Yeading Official Site  HYUFC Link

Hayes and Yeading Utd 1 - Truro City 2

Hayes & Yeading, currently under the temporary management of Messrs O'Driscoll and Lewis wasted several chances in the first half and were made to pay the price by basement side Truro City who it was said today "require snookers to avoid the drop", well this was the first one.

With central midfielder Alasanne N'Diaye remaining in the attack alongside the returning Tom Collins, it was the 10th minute when United carved a superb opening that was to be the first of a number of wasted chances. Luke Williams found space to cross from the right and picked out an unmarked Daniel Wishart who volleyed wide when a header looked the obvious choice with just keeper Paul Hider to beat.

United continued to put pressure on the Cornish side, Williams collected from N'Diaye, rode a tackle but fired wide from 20 yards before the deadlock was broken in fine style on 18 minutes. Sam Cox won the ball in a challenge with Martin Watts and as the ball came down from the air, Tom Collins flicked the ball with the back of his heel, turned and planted a perfect volley past Hider to formerly announce his return to United.

Four minutes later the unusually out of form Tom Cadmore sliced a clearance straight to Les Afful, the wide man racing into the area, rounding the dive of James Beasant in the United goal before shooting goalwards only for Cadmore, who had chased back to cover his own error, to clear off the line.

Truro were again on the attack minutes later, a deep cross by the impressive Kieffer Moore picked out Andy Watkins, his shot was blocked by John Goddard but only as far as Joe Broad who tried a curler towards the far post that Cox headed clear from inside the six yard box.

Just before the half hour mark Collins should have netted his second of the game, having held off the attentions of the last defender he broke into the area and shot low only for Hider to guess correctly and block his effort away with his legs.

A couple of minutes of pressure from the visitors was again repelled by United, keeping the home side ahead. Watts' 20 yard free-kick was pushed away by Beasant diving to his left and the loose ball fell to Broad who saw his shot deflected wide for a corner. The corner being met at the far post on the volley but Cox was again well placed to block and clear the danger.

Less than ten minutes remained to the break and the visitors equalised from a move that started from a non-decision from referee Quelch that was to prove a major talking point at the interval. N'Diaye had possession inside the Truro area only to be brought crashing to the ground by a defender, the referee surprisingly let play continue and from here Truro's Calron Hall collected the ball on the right and fired it down the line to Moore who hit a low centre that Watkins struck home from close range.


As the break approached Collins again should have nailed his second of the game, Wishart's cross from the left being headed straight to the striker by Jake Ash but Collins blasted the ball well wide from 12 yards out much to the relief of the Truro back line.

As for the second half to say chances were at a premium would be an understatement, in fact for the first 35 minutes both keepers could have got out their deckchairs and played sandcastles on the Kingfield pitch and nobody would have noticed, then the winning goal came out of nowhere. A Truro corner from the left was sliced by the United defence and when the ball fell at the feet of Moore he couldn't believe his luck as he poked it through a crowd and beyond Beasant to give his side that had not won in 9 games the lead with just 10 minutes remaining.

Minutes later a free-kick from just outside the Truro area by John Goddard was deflected over, the resultant corner finding its way to Calum Butcher who was unlucky to see his left foot volley just clear the crossbar without troubling Hider who could have stayed in his deckchair.

Beasant on the other hand had to get out of his deckchair again in the 87th minute when Moore broke onto a throughball in the left channel, the United keeper blocking the effort away for a corner that was to come to nothing.

With 89 minutes played the United bench finally decided to throw top scorer Kudus Oyenuga into the fray, sadly he didn't even get a touch of the ball let alone have a chance to cause problems for the Truro defence, the substitution being described by several United fans as too little and very much too late as a very poor day at the office was sealed by the referees final whistle which saw all of the points go back to Cornwall.

Report by Kevin Watts.

Photos by Ray Peploe.

United Man of the Match: John Goddard.

Truro City hit back to end nine game winless run

By Rhod Mitchel West Briton LINK

Hayes & Yeading Utd 1 Truro City 2

City came from behind to end their five match losing run and earn their first win in ten games.

After Tom Collins had given the home side an early lead, goals by Andy Watkins before half time and a late effort from top scorer Kieffer Moore earned City what was only their sixth Blue Square Bet South victory of the season as they at last reached double figures after being stuck on nine points.

The win was a massive tonic for the White Tigers whose play in recent weeks has probably not given them their just deserts.
Manager Lee Hodges fielded the same starting line up that began at Dover Athletic last week for the game, which was played at Woking's Kingfield Stadium.

But the match began badly for City when Collins, who has returned to the club on a month's loan from Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County, put the home side ahead.

But eight minutes before the interval Watkins, with his seventh goal of the season, got City back on level terms.

And nine minutes from time Moore grabbed a priceless winner for City whose four of their next five games are at home, starting with next Saturday's visit of Staines Town.

City: Hider; Hall, Ash, Gerring, Watts; Cooke, Broad (Williams 60), Martin, Afful; Moore, Watkins (Hayles 90).
Subs (Not used), Hodges, Wright.

07 February 2013

Club Statement - Bobby Hopkinson


The club can announce that Bobby Hopkinson has left the club by mutual

Bobby had been on the way back after a bad injury when he joined us and it
is felt by all parties that his further recovery to full fitness would be
best served by his being able to get more game-time on the pitch, which at
the moment could be most easily achieved by his joining another club.

Truro City would like to thank Bobby for his services over the last few

City Alerts - Official Kit Poll reminder

A reminder of your opportunity to take part in the official poll on next season's kit.  Which colour kit would YOU like?

Have your say by voting on the only official poll, which is on the club website, Truro City FC The results from other polls (Tiger Talk and TruroFans) will not be taken into account when deciding the kit colours for the 2013/14 season.

You will have to register to be a member of the Forum to enter the poll, which closes on 24th February, 2013.

Official Poll > LINK HERE

Mike Truscott, City Alerts

Hodges believes win not far away

Source This is Cornwall  LINK

TRURO City's players have not enjoyed the taste of victory for more than two months, but manager Lee Hodges is convinced that long awaited first win after nine games without a victory is not far away.

This Saturday, City continue their increasingly desperate search for a three pointer when they travel to play eighth-placed Hayes & Yeading, who are currently playing their home games at Woking's Kingfield Stadium, while their new stadium is being constructed.

And for the second successive week, City will be up against a team which has recently parted company with its manager after Nas Bashir left the club by "mutual consent". Director of football Tony O'Driscoll has taken temporary charge.

It did not help City at Dover last Saturday where, despite a second half fight back, they lost 3-2 (see page 108), but perhaps this time City can use the situation to get the points.

And Hodges believes his team's play in recent games had not reaped the points it deserved. He said: "We are not too far away. The lads have deserved a lot more for the way they have played. We just need that win to put a few smiles on our faces."

Hodges is still looking to strengthen his squad and this week took in the friendly between Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United at Home Park.

Among those in action were former City players keeper Ollie Chenoweth and striker Isaac Vassell, who both had loan spells at Treyew Road.

However, one player looking to be his way out of the club is Bobby Hopkinson. Hodges said: "I have had a chat with Bobby and told him perhaps it's time for him to move on and play some more games and take the opportunity to get a bit fitter."

04 February 2013

Important poll on next season's kit colour

The Club have launched an important poll on the suppporter's preference of kit colour for next season.  This is your chance to have your say.  In addition to the official poll, TruroFans has also launched their own poll (top left corner of this site) to add further weight and assistance in this important decision. 

You can vote by simply clicking the relevant "radio button" you agree with.  There is no need for registration.  It is basically one vote per person, but you can select multiple choices.  This may seem strange, but a vote for red and black, and a vote for existing white, would indicate that you want both colours, eg home and away. 

(ps. any early bets as to the way this will go?)

Existing Home strip

Existing Away strip

Car window hanger of our historical Black and Red home strip

03 February 2013

For the record - and the Sunday Independent Column, by Mike Truscott

For the record, the report in today's Sunday Independent of Luke McCormick's move to Oxford United was not mine, even though it had my by-line on it. I forwarded Peter Masters' statement to the Indy and one or more other journalists will have built up the rest of the story around that. This sort of thing is common practice in newspapers and I would not normally make a point of clarifying this, but I thought it best to do so this time round, given the story's sensitive nature.

Meanwhile, and as per usual for those of you who have not seen today's Indy, the Truro City column that was published in it is detailed below:


Whatever the final outcome of Truro City’s bid to avoid relegation, they have already done much to ensure that their pride at least will remain firmly intact.

No fewer than 13 of their 17 defeats before yesterday have been by the odd goal, and often conceded in the final minutes - as was the case in both their recent 4-3 setbacks at high-flying Welling and Salisbury.

Before yesterday’s visit to Dover Athletic, City had suffered just one defeat by a two-goal margin and two by three goals.

The one big exception was the 8-0 horror show at Maidenhead back in early September, just days after the troubled Cornish club had dropped the bombshell of going into administration.

City had actually made an encouraging start to the season, with two wins and two draws after the opening-day 2-1 defeat at Billericay.

But the deduction of ten points through administration, and then the gradual dwindling of the squad through a number of departures and the continuing transfer embargo, has ensured an uphill struggle ever since.

Player-manager Lee Hodges has repeatedly worked minor miracles in achieving inspirational performances and respectable scorelines in the face of mounting odds.

‘Our strike force and midfield would make it into any team in the league,’ he says, ‘and again and again this season we have seen the boys play really well and not deserve to lose.

‘We know all about our defensive frailties and hopefully we will be in a position to strengthen soon. We will not give up; we will continue to work hard together as a group.’

Truro’s plight has meant big opportunities for emerging young talent, notably Kieffer Moore, Ben Williams and Calron Hall.

They have become regular performers alongside another young Cornish lad who made good last season, midfielder Cody Cooke.

For all their promise and progress, however, playing week after week at this level, rather than being ‘blooded’ more gradually, has been a tall order. Ultimately, the collective lack of experience has proved a telling factor.

The lack of success has been all the more frustrating for the tight nature of Blue Square Bet South this season, with the popular view that precious little separates the top from the bottom teams in quality.

As Glenn Pennyfather, boss of promotion-chasing Chelmsford, put it: ‘Truro are a decent side who have been very unlucky this season.’

And after the recent defeat at leaders Salisbury, Hodges reflected: ‘I spoke to the Salisbury people after the match and several of them told me we were the best team they had played this season!’

City are now into another taxing programme of travelling, with trips to Dover yesterday and to Hayes & Yeading and Bath City on February 9 and 23 respectively, and a home game against Staines Town sandwiched in between on February 16.

The recently postponed visits to Sutton United and Eastleigh have been rearranged for March 12 and April 16 respectively.

Off the field, the club’s newly-formed commercial team have clocked up an early triumph with their first venture, the new player sponsorship scheme, fully subscribed within five days.

TISA pays respect to Gillian Alderman

Today, TISA members stopped at Winterbourne Stoke to pay respect to Gillian Alderman, who was tragically killed in a road accident travelling back from Dover last year.  Snowy, JP, Tim, Dan and John Grenville visited the scene of the accident for a moment's silence at midday today. RIP Gill.

Congratulations to Joe Broad on his 300th Appearance

Joe Broad is the latest Truro City legend to achieve the coveted 300 Club badge.  He joins Stewart Yetton who is on 309.  Jake Ash (289), Andy Watkins (280) and Marcus Martin (280) are nearing that milestone as well. 

A fantastic achievement for Broady, but also in the modern era, highly unusual for a group of players to achieve this record together.  And even more so with Truro City's recent travails that makes this story even more remarkable. #loyaltytothecore

(Thanks to Ian Rennie for the statistics update.)


Source: Dover Athletic official site LINK

Three first half goals enough to see off Truro - by Camilla Harvey

Dover Athletic 3 - Truro City 2

Chris Kinnear made his managerial return to Dover Athletic and on Saturday afternoon his new black and white army marked the beginning of the second “Kinnear era” with a gutsy 3-2 home win over visitors Truro City.

First half goals from new signing Tyrone Sterling, Ian Simpemba and Callum Willock were enough to keep the Cornish outfit at bay and earn the Whites their first home win of 2013, despite a resilient comeback charge made by the visitors which saw them grab two goals midway through the second half.

Kinnear made a few changes to his new squad following their last defeat away to Dorchester Town midway through January. The return of Chris Sessegnon from injury saw him take the place of Danny Webb in defence, whilst Moses Ademola replaced Billy Bricknell up-front to partner Ben May. New signing Tyrone Sterling also featured in the starting line up as Dean Rance completed his suspension.

Following Truro City’s defeat against Chelmsford City the previous weekend, various changes were made. With goalkeeper Luke McCormick being signed by league side Oxford United, Paul Hider took his place between the sticks. Calron Hall and Ben Gerring were favoured over Bobby Hopkinson and Barry Hayles respectively.

Whites got off to a successful start as a Daryl McMahon ball from a corner found its way into the box and Tyrone Sterling rose well to head the ball underneath keeper Paul Hider into the back of the net to give Dover a surprise early lead within the first five minutes of the game.

The visitors’ play from the off appeared scrappy, with several of their players attempting to move the ball up field, however once in the area a ball forced forward was easily collected by Mitch Walker.

Truro’s Paul Hider failed to clear the ball a few minutes later and a chance fell into the path of young Lloyd Harrington. He fired a cross in across the goal mouth however whilst it was too powerful for Moses Ademola to connect on to as he waited in space, it was another close chance for the home side as they looked to pressurise the league’s bottom side.

Ademola once again did well shortly after as he found himself striding forward into the area and supplied the ball on to Ben May. The Truro defence were in place to block May’s shot as he fired forward and once again the ball was cleared away.

Midway through the half, Barry Cogan fired a free kick in to the box. Ben May narrowly missed the ball as he lay in place to fire home and as Truro’s defence failed to clear, Ian Simpemba slid the ball in to the back of the net past keeper Hider to extend Dover’s lead to two goals.

Moses Ademola continued to cause havoc following Dover’s second goal as he delivered a superb ball in from the left however Martin Watts headed out for a corner close to the post.

As the Whites applied considerable pressure on the visitors, it was Ademola yet again who strode forward and supplied in a ball through toward Barry Cogan. Left on his own to drill the ball home, Cogan took his shot however Paul Hider saved well to prevent Dover’s lead from being extended further.

Calum Willock replaced Daryl McMahon towards the end of the first half following an injury sustained to McMahon.

Truro’s Les Afful burst forward however Walker pushed the ball away just as Afful looked to set himself up for a chance.

Lloyd Harrington’s cross in to the area in the final minutes of the first half was met by the head of Ben May who quickly nodded the ball in to the feet of Calum Willock. Willock converted from close range to hand Dover a comfortable cushion of three goals going in to the second half.

As the game progressed from the re-start, Whites again found themselves terrorising Truro’s defence. Hider produced a great save to prevent a close range header by Willock falling into the back of the net, with the home side looking for a fourth goal.

Moments later however the Cornish visitors pulled a goal back through Cody Cooke after clever play from Truro saw Cooke slide the ball past Walker into the back of the net.

Truro clawed a second goal back barely minutes later despite the efforts of Mitch Walker performing a double save, the visitors piled on the pressure and Kieffer Moore converted as Dover’s defence appeared to have momentarily fallen asleep.

The visitors continued to play well, enjoying a brief decent spell of play midway through the second half following their goals as confidence appeared to have been lifted. Showing fight amongst their ranks they eyed a third goal as they persisted in moving forward, gaining several corners however the Whites’ defence were in place to clear.

Whites were awarded a free kick shortly after following a pull on Calum Willock’s shirt by Jake Ash. The resulting free kick by Barry Cogan was then cleared yet moments later Ben May powered forward and struck the ball wide of goal.

Les Afful burst through the defence and linked up well with a team-mate only for Walker to collect as Truro looked to stage a late charge forward.

Calron Hall almost guided the ball into the back of his own net after a failed clearance following a tame shot by Ademola on goal, however Hider was quick to push the ball away out of danger.

Tyrone Sterling received the ball on the edge of the area but could only fire his shot over the bar as the game was nearing on 90 minutes.

Willock surged forward late on however his hesitation allowed a defender to bide his time and tackle to clear any impending danger of the Whites bagging a fourth.

Truro had a few late chances and their final corner of the game was met by Mitch Walker standing his ground and collecting the ball first time to prevent the visitors from claiming a very late equaliser.

Manager Chris Kinnear will be pleased to have started his second term as Dover Athletic manager with 3 points in the bag as his new squad displayed determination and resilience against a Truro side that sprung to life in the second half.

Kinnear, assistant Jake Leberl and the team will now look ahead to next weekend’s home game as they host fellow promotion hopefuls Welling United, as they will no doubt hope to continue their winning ways further.

Referee Referee: Mr D Cook

02 February 2013

Bideford goalkeeper Paul Hider set to replace Luke McCormick at Truro

Source: Western Morning News, This is Devon

Bideford goalkeeper Paul Hider is set to team up with Truro City ahead of today's testing Blue Square Bet South clash at promotion-chasing Dover Athletic.

With Luke McCormick joining Oxford United on transfer deadline day, City boss Lee Hodges' number one priority was finding a replacement goalkeeper in time for today's big match in Kent.

Hodges said: "We have got a goalkeeper coming in and, fingers crossed, he will be signed on and travelling with us to Dover."

Hider – cover for former Truro goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe at Bideford – was set to sign for City last night after the Robins' boss, Sean Joyce, waived a seven-day notice of approach.

In midweek, Hider kept a clean-sheet as stand-in 'keeper for Saltash United in their goalless friendly against Plymouth Argyle at Kimberley Stadium, watched by Hodges.

City's new signings may not stop with a new 'keeper as the league's basement side – deducted ten points for entering administration last year – seek a boost in their bid to narrow a 16-point gap on second-bottom Sutton United.

Hodges said: "As well as a 'keeper, we are hoping that we could add another player, or two, over the coming weeks."

The City team are boosted by the return of Hodges after his one-match suspension which saw him sit out Truro's 2-1 defeat to fifth-placed Chelmsford City last Saturday.

It is a result, like many, that still irks Hodges, who watched – in frustration – from the sidelines last Saturday. The City boss admitted: "We are not that far off, as we proved last week. Dover are going to present another difficult challenge but the players here are used to that, week in, week out.

"They just get on with it and give it their best shot every time they go out and play. They all deserve medals, really, and I cannot speak highly enough of them all.

"They've got an incredible attitude when all is said and done, and they've had to prove that time and again throughout the most difficult of seasons."

Truro were beaten 3-0 at home by Dover at the start of December and Hodges is fully aware that Athletic will be seeking a double as they continue their promotion push.

The City boss said: "We know Dover are a good side. You only have to look at the league table to see what they are about, and where they want to be. One thing I know about my team is they will go out there and give it their all, again, and in a minute we are going to get the long overdue result we deserve."

Oxford defend decision to sign Truro City keeper McCormick

By Rhod Mitchell - This is Cornwall

Oxford United have defended their decision to sign keeper Luke McCormick from Truro City.

The 29-year-old former Plymouth Argyle No 1, who in 2008 was found guilty of causing the death of two young brothers by dangerous driving, has signed for the npower League 2 club until the end of the season after ten appearances for City.

He was released early from prison last year and his signing by Truro, when the club was in administration, caused a storm of national and local controversy and his arrival at the Kassam Stadium has already provoked an angry reaction from some Oxford fans.

But Oxford manager Chris Wilder told the club's website: "We are very mindful of the past and the situation. Luke is very contrite and sorry about what happened.
"He was sentenced and went to prison and during that time had the opportunity to reflect on what he had done. 
"It is hard to separate the two, but purely from a football perspective he is an experienced goalkeeper who has played most of his games in League One and the Championship.

"We have a situation here where our number one goalkeeper is out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury and we could lose Max Crocombe to International duty next month. We are offering Luke a chance to play again.

"I have spoken to Luke at length and he knows that it will not be easy for him but he is very humble and wants to try and make the most of the opportunity."

Club Chairman Ian Lenagan added: "The tragic events in Luke's past will never go away and that is something he will have to bear for the rest of his days. 
"He made the biggest mistake of his life and no amount of apologies will ever change what happened. He served his sentence and knows what he did was wrong. 
"As a club we have thought long and hard about whether to employ a player with his background but his clear repentance and the opportunity to allow him to rehabilitate whilst meeting our unique goalkeeping situation within the Salary Cap - which we might otherwise not have been able to do - resulted in our decision to sign him."

There has not yet been any announcement on a replacement for McCormick for City's game at promotion-chasing Dover Ath tomorrow. 
Oxford have agreed to play a pre-season friendly at Treyew Road next season after signing McCormick who was with the culb on on a non contract basis.

And Truro chairman Pete Masters said of the transfer this morning: ""At some point a chairman of a football club has to make a decision whereby you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

"This moment came for me whilst in a relegation battle 48hrs before playing one of the top teams chasing for promotion in the Conference South League.

"The decision to transfer Luke McCormick our 1st Team Goalkeeper of undoubted ability to Oxford United according to those in the know and I understand the majority of Truro City supporters was the right one for the future of the club, from my perspective. Only time will prove this one way or the other."

01 February 2013

Truro City FC Statement on Luke McCormick departure

Statement from Peter Masters, Chairman, confirming Luke McCormick's departure.


Luke McCormick joined Truro City Football Club earlier in the season whilst the Club was in administration. Given Luke's previous history, the Club came under substantial criticism from both the local and national press; indeed, some supporters voted with their feet, which proved costly.

That said, the Club remained at Luke's side and gradually introduced him again to the game of football and more importantly the supporters on both sides. Those who know football will need no reminding what happened to Luke at Swindon Town. Truro City is pleased to have been part of Luke's rehabilitation to date and wish him well for the future at Oxford United. Luke's replacement will be announced shortly.

Peter Masters Chairman Truro City Football Club

Further comment from Peter Masters, Chairman:
"At some point a Chairman of a football club has to make a decision whereby you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. This moment came for me whilst in a relegation battle 48hrs before playing one of the top teams chasing for promotion in the Conference South League. The decision to transfer Luke McCormick, our 1st Team Goalkeeper of undoubted ability to Oxford United. According to those in the know and I understand the majority of Truro City supporters, was the right one for the future of the Club, from my perspective. Only time will prove this one way or the other" .


TruroFans takes this opportunity to thank Luke for his services and wish him well for the future.

In the meantime, Bideford Town 'keeper Paul Hider is the name in the frame for Luke's replacement.  Oxford Utd will also be one of the featured teams to visit Treyew Road in the pre season matches this summer.