28 December 2016

Truro City 1 Weston Super Mare 2

A mild Boxing Day saw a visit to Truro’s Treyew Road for Weston where the Seagulls dug deep with an outstanding performance to secure the win against a 16th-placed Truro through a Brad Ash header and a tap-in from recent signing Gethyn Hill.
Scott Bartlett retained the lineup from last weekend’s draw to Chelmsford, with Luke Purnell between the sticks. Chris Barker, Rollin Menayese, Aden Baldwin and Jason Pope making up the Back-Four, with Dayle Grubb, Lloyd Humphries, Jacob Cane and Jamie Chamberlain as the Midfield. Brad Ash and Gethyn Hill started up front as the two-man partnership.
Weston came out quickly, looking to start well and to get on their front foot from the off. Confidence was running high through the Weston veins, with Barker and Pope getting forward from their Full-Back. Grubb and Chamberlain were running down the wings and were intent on pushing strongly while Ash and Hill were putting themselves about the pitch, despite Ash getting a clear hand in the face in the first half when challenging for an aerial ball.
 However, Weston’s good work throughout the half was undone in the 38th minute when a corner was put into the box and, with Weston failing to clear the ball, Neal was able to poke home the loose ball to put Truro 1-0 up.
 With the 10 travelling Weston fans in full voice and heavily out-singing the home support on the stroke of halftime, Brad Ash repaid the Seagulls supporters when he met a Dayle Grubb corner at the near post to power home his header and gave the away support even more to sing about.
 Head Coach Scott Bartlett words of encouragement at half-time clearly helped, with the Seagulls upping their tempo in the second period, seeing Jacob Cane run the midfield like he so often does. Substitute Ash Kington did a superb job when after replacing Lloyd Humphries late in the first half, and Grubb kept running at the defence when needed.
 However, Weston sent the Seagulls fans into raptures when Cane earned a free-kick out wide after a shirt pull. Grubb whipped the free-kick in, with the Truro keeper parrying away. However, Ash was first on the scene and he drilled the ball back into the mix across the goal-line and Hill bundled home to end 2016 on a high.
Weston maintained the pressure with Dayle linking up with Brad after a run down the right only to see the linesman surprisingly flag for offside when Ash found the net, seeing the pairs effort disallowed.
Weston played the final 10 minutes of the game with only 10 men after an elbow to the face of Jon Moran has left the Centre-Back with a suspected broken nose and requiring attention to stem the bleeding. Depsite the efforts of Truro to capitalise Weston held firm and rode the storm to see the game out and take the 3 points in the first meeting of the Festive Periods South-West double header.

FT: Truro 1-2 Weston (Neal 38 – Ash 45+1, Hill 57)


20 December 2016

East Thurrock 5 Truro City 1

Despite the home sides dominance, Truro actually took the lead in the 26th minute. Andrew Neal headed home from the front post, putting the ball through the keepers legs after meeting Zane Soles curling corner. The Rocks equalised 10 minutes later after Tom Wraight pounced on some poor defending, to go through on the keeper. Wraight sold the keeper with a drop of the shoulder and took the ball around him, before passing the ball into the net. East Thurrock continued their positive response to going behind and took the lead themselves just before the break. Tom Wraight was the scorer again in the 43rd as he crashed the ball home from inside the 6 yard box after Truro were unable to clear from Ben Marlow's cross. After half time, East Thurrock continued their dominance and almost immediately scored, as Wraight met a cross at the back post, but his strike was denied by the upright. The Rocks eventually got their third goal in the 63rd minute and then added their 4th and 5th in the 65th and 67th minutes in a crazy attacking spell. Kane Ferdinand got the 3rd goal after steering home the rebound from a blasted freekick by Higgins.
Tom Wraight he clinched his hat-trick in the 65th minute, with a fantastic solo effort. He left his defender behind with some magnificent skill, before sending the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box. Just a minute later, Ben Marlow made sure he wasn't left off the list of scoring midfielders with a cracking effort from 30 yards out; his effort also finding the bottom corner.

Truro City
1. Martin Rice - 5, 2. Ben Adelsbury(75) - 5, 3. Jamie Richards - 5, 4. Zane Sole - 5, 5. Aaron Bentley - 5, 6. Arran Pugh -3, 7. Erick Panzer(75) - 5, 8. Niall Thompson - 7, 9 Andrew Neal - 6, 10. Ollie Knowles(75)- 5, 11. River Allen - 5
Subs: 12. Les Afful, 14. Rory Fallon(75) - 5, 15. Chris Todd, 16. Ryan Brett(75) - 5, 17. Dan Smith(75) -5
East Thurrock Tom Wraight (36, 44, 65) , Kane Ferdinand (63), Ben Marlow (66)
Truro City Andrew Neal (26)
Referee: Alan Dale
Assistants: Nathan Walker / Darin Geary
Att: 242
Entertainment: 3/5
Star Man: Tom Wraight

14 December 2016

Truro City 0 Forest Green Rovers 1 (AET)

Darren Carter came off the bench to score in extra time with an exquisite strike to send Forest Green into the next round of the FA Trophy, writes Richard Joyce.
Rovers will advance to face league rivals Chester next month after a gruelling first round replay with National League South Truro City who pushed Mark Cooper's men all the way.
Following Saturday's stalemate at The New Lawn, FGR made the lengthy midweek journey south, and were rewarded for their persistence when Carter slammed home with a rocket of a strike.
Dale Bennett saw red at the death in a tense affair which means Forest Green will now travel to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium in mid-January, after Chester earned a late replay win themselves on the same night against Witton Albion.
Man of the match Charlie Cooper earned his first start since joining on loan from Birmingham, and the 19-year-old set Christian Doidge up for a header that was cleared off the line in the first half.
Cooper's swooping cross was then almost headed home at a difficult angle by Ethan Pinnock, meanwhile the half ended with Keanu Marsh-Brown blasting over from Charlie Clough's low cross.
Immediately after the interval Rovers had the ball in the back of the net. Doidge's shot was however ruled out by the linesman who deemed him to be in an offside position.
After Jamie Richards had gone close for the hosts, Ollie Knowles saw big opportunities go amiss for the sixth tier side, as Doidge fired wide on 72 minutes following a speedy breakaway involving Liam Noble.
The relatively quiet Sam Russell was called into action to make a good save to his left to prevent Niall Thompson's deflected strike from finding the bottom corner, and the same players right footed shot minutes later was straight at the FGR goalkeeper.
As the game edged nearer an additional 30 minutes, Rovers tried to win it late on. Clough was denied by Martin Rice's block, Manny Monthe's header was then also blocked, while Richards late attempt from a Zane Sole corner for Truro went just over.
The beginning of extra time saw substitute Elliott Frear force an early effort on the home team's goal. And they themselves hit the bar on 95 minutes.
Doidge and Marcus Kelly saw efforts go close at the end of the first half of extra time, but it didn't take long for the deadlock to be broken on 108 minutes.
Cooper's pass into the path of Carter was hammered home outstandingly by the experienced midfielder for the games first and only goal.
Truro upped their urgency as they chased a leveller. Courageous FGR defending denied them though, although there was to be one late twist, as Bennett was sent off right at the end by referee Wayne Barratt.
Report: Richard Joyce
Photo: Shane Healey/Pro Sports Images

12 December 2016

Forest Green Rovers 1 Truro City 1 (FA Trophy)

Keanu Marsh-Brown’s early second half goal wasn’t enough for Forest Green to see off Truro City in the FA Trophy, and Rovers will travel to Cornwall on Tuesday for a replay in search of a place in the second round, writes Richard Joyce.
Marsh-Brown’s finish after the break had given Mark Cooper’s men the lead in a game FGR dominated, although Andrew Neal’s equaliser from a corner ensured sixth tier Truro secured a draw and another opportunity on home turf in midweek.
A first half littered with FGR chances couldn’t see Rovers break through. Early on Christian Doidge’s header was saved by Martin Rice in the Truro goal, while the former Torquay stopper did well again to save from Marsh-Brown after he had cut inside.
Speculative long range strikes from Darren Carter failed to threaten before Rob Sinclair’s back-to-back corners kicks were very nearly forced home by Ethan Pinnock and Charlie Clough.

Truro centre back Aaron Bentley made a vital clearance from off the line on 37 minutes to ensure his side maintained their clean sheet to deny Fabien Robert who had stooped to head at goal.
Despite having limited opportunities in the half, Truro almost took the lead shortly before the break.
Danger man Niall Thompson latched onto Neale’s forward pass and saw his driving run end with a right footed shot that hammered the foot of Sam Russell’s right hand post.
Patient Forest Green didn’t take long to go in front after half time as Marsh-Brown broke the deadlock.
Sinclair’s brilliant mazy run saw him work the ball to the forward, who finished confidently to give his side the lead.
Rovers’ lead was almost doubled not long after when another Doidge header from a Sinclair corner was saved well by Rice.
The deficit was however halved on 73 minutes. A Truro corner, whipped into the near post, was glanced in by Neale to draw the visitors level.
Having dominated for so long it was suddenly FGR who were on the back foot for the final ten minutes as Truro sensed an opportunity to secure a late win.
Zane Sole saw his strike blocked away, while Neale missed a massive opportunity to break FGR hearts on 90 minutes as he blasted over Thompson’s terrific pull back.
Another big opening fell the way of the Cornish teams goal scorer in stoppage time. But again he couldn’t take advantage on a soggy pitch as FGR held on for another crack at progressing in the competition on Tuesday evening.
Report: Richard Joyce
Photo: Adam Rivers/Pro Sports Images
Highlights: Ollie Smith & Richard Joyce

01 December 2016

Truro City 6 Frome 1

Despite looking comfortable and matching their opponents during the first twenty five minutes, a penalty and a goal three minutes later set up a platform that National League side Truro exploited to the full as they comfortably swept to a 6-1 victory over Frome.
This was Frome’s sixth away tie in knockout competitions this year, and the squad was still missing Mitchell Page due to injury and new signing Ollie Knight was unavailable due to being “cup tied”.
From the start, Frome matched the hosts in all areas, and they went closest to scoring as a stray pass allowed Darren Jefferies to latch onto the ball, and from his cross, Jon Davies hit a shot that just clipped the cross-bar as it went over.
The breakthrough for Truro came on 25 minutes as Sam Teale elected to bring the ball down rather than clearing first time, and as he was robbed by Durrell Berry, a despairing tackle from Nathan Summers took the full back down in the box and Niall Thompson fired home from the spot.
Truro doubled their lead three minutes later as Aaron Bentley just managed to beat the offside trap and slotted the ball beyond the reach of Kyle Phillips to give Frome a mountain to climb.
Mike Bryant replaced Dan Cleverley in the 32nd minute as the midfielder was forced off with a knee injury that may keep him out for a few games, and as the match headed towards half time, River Allen cut inside before firing over for Truro and home keeper Martin Rice had to be very alert to stop a shot from Sam Teale that might have offered Frome a way back into this match.
A second penalty in the 49th minute was gain awarded against Nathan Summers, and this time Truro’s Andrew Neal stroked the ball home with no problems to make it 3-0 and the game was effectively done and dusted two minutes later as Thompson and Neal linked up to create an opportunity for Allen who fired it into the roof of the net to make the scoreline 4-0 to the hosts.
Allen then grabbed his second in the 57th when Kyle Phillips came out of his goal to clear, only to completely miss his kick, presenting the striker with an easy shot into the empty net, but then Frome did pull one back as Mike Bryant stabbed home a close range shot following a goalmouth scramble to make the scoreline 5-1 to Truro.
Any hopes of a late, miraculous comeback were completely killed off in the 81st minute as an acrobatic effort from centre back Aaron Bentley flew into the net to make the final score 6-1 to the hosts, and though they fully deserved their win, the final score-line was not really a true representation of the overall balance of the game.
With Frome now out of all knock out competitions, attention turns full to the Southern Premier League, specifically the visit of Cirencester on Wednesday as Frome will look to do the double over them following their excellent 3-1 victory their at the start of the season.

24 November 2016

Hemel Hempstead 0 Truro City 1

A "moment of magic" by New Zealander Zane Sole was enough to give City their third straight National League South win and move them up to 12th in the table. The young midfielder struck after 14 minutes at Vauxhall Road  with a superb free-kick from fully 25 yards, which gave Jamie Butler in the home goal no chance as it flew into the top corner.And it was a goal worthy winning of any game as City continued their much improved form with three more points at what is always a difficult ground. and City boss Lee Hodges was full of praise for his side who looked to have turned the corner after a difficult start to the season. He said: "It was a moment of magic by Zane. it was an unbelievable strike and their keeper did not have a hope of saving it."Again it was not the prettiest of games but the boys dogged it out. There were not a lot chances, but we again looked very solid with everyone working for each other."I believe in the players and they believe in me. To get nine points out of the last nine is fantastic and all down to the boys who have pulled on the shirt."

City: McHale; Bentley, Panzer, Pugh, Smith, Allen, Knowles, Sole, Richards, Thompson, Afful. Subs: William,s Adelsbury, Neal Berry, Brett.

15 November 2016

Truro City 2 Margate 0 (Margate FC Report)

Margate fell to another Vanarama National League South defeat on Saturday as they went down 2-0 away at Truro City.The Gate, named a similar side to the one that won 6-1 at Greenwich Borough last week in the Kent Cup with the exception of new loanee goalkeeper Jonny Henly who started after joining the Gate on Friday on a 28 day loan from Hemel Hempstead.

Nikki Bull returned to the touchline after serving his two match ban and he watched on for the opening twenty minutes with neither side creating any chances with Alex Osborn and Marcel Barrington running the forward line.

The first half continued to be a game of very few chances with neither goalkeeper forced into making any saves as both defences cancelled out whatever little threat each attack offered.

Margate started the second half looking the much brighter of the two teams and they should have taken the lead in the 49th minute as Brett Johnson blazed a header over the bar from six yards after a wonderful cross from Lewis Taylor.

The Blues were punished for that miss just moments later as they fell behind in the 51st minute as Jamie Richards headed home a powerful header from a ball into the box past Henly.

The home side’s advantage was doubled just minutes later as River Allen turned a low cross past the despairing dive of Henly to send the hosts into a 2-0 lead.

Margate had a mountain to climb from there on and introduced both Jermaine Osei and Kane Rowland in order to try and reduce the deficit, however despite a couple of half chances each they couldn’t muster any real chances as they fell to a defeat that leaves the Blues sitting 18th in the Vanarama National League South table.

Attention now turns to the Blues next fixture as they welcome Oxford City to Hartsdown Park on Saturday 19th November 2016 with kick off at 3pm.

MARGATE: Henly, Sessegnon, Tumwa (Osei 50’), Fitzsimons, B. Johnson, Parry, M. Johnson, Taylor, Barrington (Rowland 60’), Osborn, Phipp (Williams 80’)

Subs Not Used: Kallmeier, Foster

​Attendance: 369

13 November 2016

Whitehawk 2 Truro City 4

Truro City: Niall Thompson scores hat-trick in 4-2 win at Whitehawk
Truro City got their first victory in nine matches as they won 4-2 at Whitehawk in National League South.
Former Torquay United winger Niall Thompson scored a hat-trick, taking his tally to five goals in his last four matches.
Les Afful was also on target for City, who move up two places to 16th in the sixth tier of English football.
Truro's last victory came on 24 September, when they won 2-1 at Wealdstone in National League South.


06 November 2016

Ebbsfleet 4 Truro City 2

Ebbsfleet made it seven games without defeat in National League South after overcoming Truro on Saturday.
The result put Fleet second in the table with the gap closing again on leaders Maidenhead,
The Fleet made hard work of beating the visitors but two goals from Jack Powell proved decisive for Daryl McMahon's men before a flurry of late goals.

Ebbsfleet's Jack Powell. Picture: Andy Payton
The home side dominated possession but it needed three goals in the final 16 minutes to take the points.

Fleet were unchanged from last weekend's win over Bath while Truro matched their 3-5-2 formation and gave debuts to Zane Sole and Durrell Berry.
Both teams had early chances although, in truth, neither side settled into a pattern of play particularly quickly.
River Allen and Ollie Knowles both had free-kicks for the visitors turned away by Fleet keeper Nathan Ashmore.
Fleet skipper Danny Kedwell fired wide at the other end while Sean Shields was denied a certain tap-in after patient build-up by Sam Deering when Berry made a terrific block inside his own six-yard box.
The hosts appeared to be getting into their stride as Darren McQueen wriggled between two defenders but keeper Tom McHale stood tall to keep his early shot away.
Fleet's pressure was rewarded on 27 minutes when McQueen and Anthony Cook combined to set up Jack Powell, his low shot beating McHale for his seventh goal of the season.
Truro stood firm, however, and came back into the game just before half-time. Striker Niall Thompson failed to connect after indecision at the back but he made no mistake on 43 minutes, sweeping home a right-wing centre to send the teams in level at half-time.
The visitors were largely untroubled early in the second half as Fleet found chances hard to come by.
But it needed a moment of quality from Powell to put the Fleet back infront on 76 minutes. Truro's defence sat back but Powell needed no second invitation and strode forward to curl home from the edge of the box.
That goal knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and Fleet suddenly started to play with more freedom.
They added a third on 82 minutes as McQueen fed Shields, whose low shot beat McHale with the aid of a slight deflection
Fleet made it 4-1 three minutes later as Powell turned provider, his deep corner headed in at the far post by Kenny Clark.
It ended up a comfortable win for the Fleet although they conceded a second goal three minutes into stoppages when substitute Andrew Neal nodded in at the far post.
Ebbsfleet: Ashmore, Cook, Shields, Phillips, Winfield, Clark, Rance, Deering (Bubb 66mins), Kedwell (Connors 89mins), McQueen (Sheringham 86mins), Powell. Subs not used: Jordan, McCoy.
Truro: McHale, Berry (Lyttle 52mins), Richards, Sole, Bentley, Pugh, Panzer, Thompson, Afful (Neal 78mins), Knowles, Allen. Subs not used: Smith, Adelsbury, Williams.
Attendance: 1,020.


30 October 2016

St Albans City 5 Truro City 0

The Saints led from the moment Ben Martin headed home Lee Chappell’s corner on 11 minutes and they never looked back.
Four second half goals, two for Louie Theophanous and two for Junior Morias, cemented the win that keeps City in the league play-off places.
Having won 5-1 away at Bishop’s Stortford in the last game, City were back among the goals early in this encounter.
Direct running from winger Shaun Lucien won a corner and from the right skipper Chappell lofted in a set-piece which central defender Martin rose highest to meet and plant past keeper Tom McHale.
Midway through the half there was concern for the hosts as striker Sam Merson clashed heads with Truro defender Arran Pugh.
The Saints man stayed down and was briefly put in the recovery position, before sitting and then being led off the field.
Truro offered little threat going forward, they did force three corners in succession before the break, but did not worry home keeper James Russell.
Four minutes into the second half the hosts doubled their advantage.
Left back Tom Bender drilled the ball into the box to the feet of Theophanous, he found space to turn and fire a low effort into the back of the net.
Saints should have been 3-0 ahead when they broke following a Truro corner.
Lucien charged forward from his own half with the ball, beat a defender, but from inside the Truro box pulled his shot wide.
A third did come though as Lucian crossed for Morias, his shot was parried by the keeper Tom McHale, the ball was collected by Theophanous who rifled in.
With 10 minutes to go Saints hit a fourth as substitute Morias side-stepped his way through the tiring visiting defence to net.
In added on time Morias completed the rout tapping into an empty net after Rhys Hoenes’ cross from the right beat McHale.
The three points see Ian Allinson’s St Albans side fourth in the table.
City face London Colney on Monday at Clarence Park in the Herts Senior Cup before they welcome Carlisle on Saturday in the FA Cup.


24 October 2016

Truro City 2 Eastbourne Borough 2

It might have been better still, but after leading for more than half of the game through an early Mark Hughes goal, the Sports conceded twice after half-time and had to battle for their point through a late Kiran Khinda-John (pictured) equaliser.
Borough have now not lost since the 5-1 home defeat to Chelmsford City in late September, when both centre-backs Ian Simpemba and Brian Dutton were red-carded. Since then, with a run of three draws and two victories, the Sports have proved themselves grittier and harder to beat.
A trip to West Cornwall requires almost military planning. The Borough coach set out from Priory Lane at 8.30am on Friday morning, setting the satnav for the Bristol Rovers training ground, where the squad trained before heading south-west for an overnight stay. The 600-mile round trip was completed close to midnight on Saturday. Once a season is quite enough, but at least this was no fruitless journey.
Tommy Widdrington, with a strong squad to choose from, rang one or two changes, giving a start at wing-back to Alex Smith and introducing new loan signing Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain into midfield. Truro also had a well-known newcomer in the person of Chris Todd, until recently manager of National League Eastleigh, and a top player in his own right.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, fresh in from Portsmouth, was instrumental in Eastbourne's early lead, driving in a corner from the left which Mark Hughes turned in from close range. The White Tigers have been relatively toothless for most of this season, and their fans must have feared the worst. But although the Sports dominated most of the first half they failed to add to the 1-0 advantage.
And in a rocky spell after half-time, the visitors suddenly found themselves 2-1 down. In a 58th minute breakaway attack Rocky Neal found Louis Rooney, whose shot from the edge of the box deflected painfully over Lewis Carey to equalise. Then six minutes later Niall Thompson's low drive put the White Tigers ahead.
As Borough pressed strongly for an equaliser, Widdrington introduced Miguel Baptista and then top scorer Elliott Romain - back from suspension - to fire his side forward, and the clock was ticking.
But the Sports, who were plagued throughout last year's campaign by the conceding of late goals, appear to have reversed that habit this season, and once again they finished strongly, equalising on 83 minutes. Centre-backs typically score their goals with thumping headers from corner-kicks, but this time Kiran Khinda-John showed his finesse, checking in from the left with a stylish finish into the far corner. A fair result, and a happier journey home.

CITY: McHale; Lyttle, Todd, Smith, Richards; Thompson (Afful 84), Allen, Adelsbury, Brett (capt) (Panzer 90+3), Neal, Rooney.
Subs (not used): Fallon, Pugh, Bentley.
Yellow cards: Allen, Neal, Lyttle
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH Carey; Hare, Smith, Hughes, Simpemba, Khinda-John, Stone, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Baptista 77), Pinney (Romian 60), Taylor, McCallum.
Subs (not used): O'Reilly, Dutton, Horlock.
Goals: Hughes (13) 0-1, Rooney (58) 1-1, Thompson (65) 1-2, Khinda-John (84) 2-2
Referee: Ian Fissenden (Kent).
Crowd: 323.


16 October 2016

Truro City 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 3

City suffered another chastening afternoon before their home fans, as they were outplayed by an impressive Hampton side. Beaten 5-0 last week, City were looking for a big improvement but finished a well beaten side to stay 17th in the National League South table and six points ahead of the relegation places.
In truth, the Middlesex visitors could well have won by much bigger margin, as they dominated vast swathes of the game creating numerous openings.
City had little answer to the clever play of the pacey Hampton side who showed just why they have done so well this season, especially on the road. This was their sixth away win out of seven and they looked a very strong outfit who will be heavily involved in the chase for a play-off place.

City welcomed back Rory Fallon and Louis Rooney from international duty and Jack Smith on loan, but Rocky Neal was missing at a family wedding, while River Allen was injured in training on Thursday. Cody cooke looks likely to be out for some time as he needs a hernia operation. New signing Chris Todd was on the bench.
In the first half, City were on the back foot for much of the time with Nicke Kabamba and Christian Jolley missing early headers.
City though stuck to their task well and when the Hampton breakthrough came after 24 minutes it was one of City's own making, as a misplaced pass gave Nicke Kabamba the chance to follow up to score with a low drive after the ball ran loose.
City's only real chance of the half came when Rooney fed Ryan Brett on the right of the area and his first time shot was pushed away for a corner by Aaron Howe.
Truro though looked like going in only 1-0 down at the break, but in stoppage time Kabamba chested down a cross from the right into the path of the outstanding Jamal Lowe at the far post and he calmly rounded McHale to make it 2-0 with an assured finish. It was a kick in the stomach for the home side
After the break, City battled to try and get back into the match and had a penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who wrapped up the points after 55 minutes with Brendan Kiernan scoring from close range after some clever approach play.

To their credit, Truro kept working, with Niall Thompson having a shot saved, but it was Hampton who continued to create chances with Smith making a couple of good blocks and keeper Tom McHale also doing well.
City might have had of couple of penalties, but referee Kelly did them no favours. It was that kind of day for the home club who have now just won once at home all season.
They have another chance to improve on that dismiss record next week when Eastbourne Borough are the visitors to Treyew.

CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh (capt), Smith, Richards; Lyttle (Adelsbury 64), Knowles (Afful 64), Brett, Thompson; Fallon, Rooney. Subs (not used): Panzer, Todd, Basso.
Yellow cards: Knowles, Richards.

Hampton & Richmond Borough: Howe; Jelley, Casey, John, Gasson, Soloman (capt), Kiernan, Odamtey, Kabamba, Lowe, Jolley.
Subs (not used): Hicks, Hippolyte-Patrick, Collier, Kamara, Bishop.
Goals: Kabamba (25) 0-1, Lowe (45+2) 0-2, Kiernan (55) 0-3.

Crowd; 246.
Referee: Paul Kelly.


Truro City 0 – Dartford 5

Dartford travelled their furthest away match of the season at the weekend to play Truro City away in what would be a triumphant five goal win against the White Tigers.
Tony Burman and the team flew to Newquay airport on Saturday morning, with new loanee Goalkeeper Joe Taylor joining the squad after signing on Friday morning. Bailey Vose who was originally brought in as a replacement for Deren Ibrahim who is away on international duty, picked up an injury in Wednesday evening’s match against Cray Wanderers.
Tony switched up his team and formation once again from Wednesday’s team with Danny Harris back in the starting eleven, along with Captain Elliot Bradbrook, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Andy Pugh. Lee Noble and Ronnie Vint took their place on the bench for the start of the game along with a returning from injury Tom Wynter.
The Darts dominated the game from the off, with the opening goal falling to Keaton Wood on the fourth minute after a Dartford corner in from Ryan Hayes.
A few more chances for Dartford from Ofori-Acheampong, Harris and Pugh were testing the Truro keeper and they had to work hard to keep The Darts at bay, scrapping many of the chances out of the box as quickly as they could.
Truro tried to equalise however Joe Taylor saved all attempts with ease. The second goal for Dartford came from another cross in by Hayes which was headed in by Pugh around the half hour mark. The Darts hadn’t finished there, with Pugh taking another shot which hit the post and rebounded out to Ofori-Acheampong who turned and shot straight into the goal to make it 0-3 ahead of half time.
The second half started a little better for Truro who seemed to emerge from their half time team talk ready for battle, but it wasn’t meant to be as Dartford pushed back and attacked well at every chance.
Ofori-Acheampong and Pugh had a couple of chances wide, and eventually the fourth came from Ofori-Acheampong with a great move from Hayes who knocked the ball to Harris who was clear after yet another overlapping run for Ofori-Acheampong to clear.
Burman made two substitutions at this point, taking off Ryan Hayes and Luke Wanadio and bringing on Lee Noble and Ellis Brown.
Truro again seemed to use the fourth goal to spur them on, and they tried their best to get one goal back but Tom Bonner and Tom Gardiner cleared most of their chances away with Taylor saving all attempts on goal.
The fifth and final goal of the game came from Alex Brown after Ellis Brown had gone around the goalkeeper into a wide area and Ellis knocked it to Alex who then put the ball into the net.
Burman made his final substitution of the game with Ofori-Acheampong coming off and Ronnie Vint taking his place. This meant that Harris moved up front with Pugh to make way for Vint at the back.
The final few minutes of the match left Truro with no further chances, and they accepted defeat with The Darts winning 0-5 and keeping a clean sheet.
Tony Burman said after the game “I’ve been asking the players to get into fourth and fifth gear for a longer duration during games and on Saturday they certainly did that. I felt all round the whole day was an excellent experience and to win in the way that we did was the icing on the cake. I’d like to thank all the supporters for their efforts in travelling such a long way for a football match.”

Truro City: McHale, Bentley, Richards, Knowles, Lyttle, Pugh, Brett, Thompson, Neal, Adelsbury, Allen
Subs: Afful, Basso, Panzer, Mitchell

Dartford: Taylor, Harris, Gardiner, Bonner, Wood, Hayes, A Brown, Bradbrook, Wanadio, Ofori-Acheampong, Pugh
Subs: Noble, Vint, E Brown, Wynter, Coxall

Attendance: 464


26 September 2016

Wealdstone 1 – 2 Truro City

Truro City stole victory at Grosvenor Vale after Niall Thompson and substitute Andrew Neal’s second-half efforts cancelled out Elliot Benyon’s eleventh competitive goal of the season.
Defeat for the Stones dropped them down to ninth position and was definitely a missed opportunity as a victory could have moved them up in to the play-off places.
Captain Wes Parker returned to the starting line-up in place of Tom Hamblin. Omar Koroma and Elliott Godfrey were also in for Sahr Kabba and David Hunt. Jonny Wright returned to the bench.
The White Tigers had a great chance six minutes in when debutant Louis Rooney volleyed just over the bar from the edge of the area.
But it was Benyon who opened the scoring after a tight opening phase of the game when Matthew Whichelow played a ball over the top for the striker to easily slot past Tom McHale.
Wealdstone then went into the ascendency and struck the post when Koroma put a 25-yard free-kick over the wall.
Koroma then had a chance to double the Stones lead on the 48th minute but his shot trickled wide as the home side’s dominance continued unabated.
The Stones spent most of the second half camped on the edge of Truro’s penalty area but couldn’t create that killer chance that would put the game to bed.
And they were punished for that on 72 minutes when City hit the home side on a counter attack. Thompson evaded Ciaron Brown’s challenge and struck a venomous effort into the top corner.
Substitute Neal almost put the visitors ahead latching on to a long ball from the keeper McHale but his lobbed effort went narrowly over the crossbar.
The Stones now inexplicably looked a shadow of the side that had controlled the game so well. From similar circumstances to his earlier effort, the tricky striker Neal nipped onto another long ball before rounding Jonathan North in goal and taking three snatched points back to Cornwall.

WEALD STONE: North; Cox, Brown, McLeod-Urquhart, Parker (capt), Wellard, Godfrey, Green, Benton, Whichelow, Koroma.
Subs: Wright, Williams, Kabba, Hutchinson, McGleish.
CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh, Smith, Richards; Knowles, Brett, Allen, Thompson, Rooney. Fallon. Subs: White, Adelsbury, Afful, Neal, Basso (GK).
Referee: I Rathbone.


18 September 2016

Winchester City 4 Truro City 0 (lucky to get nil)

WINCHESTER City’s 4-0 outclassing of National League South outfit Truro might have come as a major shock to the outside world.
But after watching his lowly Southern One South & West charges storm through to the FA Cup third qualifying round with a combination of defensive composure and irresistible attacking play, contented boss Ian Saunders smiled: “We’re capable of that.
“I’ve thought that for a couple of weeks, but this is the first time we’ve had almost everyone available and it’s no coincidence that this was the day it all fell into place.
“We thoroughly deserved the win.
“We defended stoutly and got into dangerous areas.
“Being a bit critical, we could have had one or two more goals.”
Although Truro’s improved second-half performance (it could hardly have been worse) meant Saunders stopped short of calling it a "comfortable" win, there was rarely a moment's doubt that the Citizens would be going through.
Here was a side that, by rights, should have been drained of confidence, labouring third to bottom of the South & West with just one league win to their name.
Yet Winchester took the tie to Truro in scintillating fashion and, come the half-time whistle, were three goals up.
Midfield warrior Jamie Brown had already had a header cleared off the line when Howard Neighbour set up Craig Feeney to arrow a shot into the far corner after 21 minutes.
Seven minutes later, ex-AFC Totton striker Feeney turned menacingly onto the ball some 25 yards out and drove at the Truro defence. His strike proved too hot for Truro keeper Tom McHale and Joe Briggs was handily placed to slot in the rebound.
Feeney was on fire and when Taz Roberts, another star of Winchester’s attacking show, played him through on 37 minutes, the nimble No9 cleverly flicked the ball past the advancing McHale and it crossed the line despite the best efforts of Truro’s on-loan Eastleigh defender Jack Smith.
The second half was a far more even contest with Wincheste r'keeper Lewis Noice forced into a couple of smart saves and sub Matt Evans clearing Rory Fallon’s header off the line.
But the hosts still had their chances and Neighbour made one of them count on 72 minutes, finding the bottom corner with a measured 18-yard strike.
“I wouldn’t say it was a comfortable win,” said a somewhat modest Saunders afterwards. "I felt it was a high-energy, high tempo game between two equally matched sides.
“Lewis Noice had to make a couple of good saves, but you’d expect that against a side who’ve had wins and draws in the Conference South this season.
“But we’d had a real good week’s training and we carried out the game plan to the letter of the law.
“I wouldn’t want to pick a man-of-the-match because everyone played their part.”
Big defender Ross Bottomley caught the eye with a towering performance and he smiled: “We’re there as a team now and I’m pleased for Ian.
“I really like him, I think all the lads do too, and it’s been a bit of a disappointing start to the season where we've lost a few games poorly.

“That wasn’t a reflection on Ian and what he’s doing here and I’m glad we’ve got this result for him.
“His reaction when he came into the dressing room was nice to see. His mouth was very close to his ears on both sides!”

Winchester City: Lewis Noice, Joe Hayward (Matt Evans, 46), Jamie Ford, Jamie Brown, Ross Bottomley, Dan King, Joe Briggs (Sam Wilson, 81), Stuart Green, Craig Feeney, Howard Neighbour, Adam Roberts (Jason Silver, 84). Subs (not used): Ed Dryden, Jack Hannam, Ryan Holloway.
Truro City: Tom McHale, Aaron Bentley, Jamie Richards, Ollie Knowles, Jack Smith, Aaron Pugh, Ryan Brett, Niall Thompson, Andrew Neal, Ben Adelsbury, Cody Cooke (Rory Fallon, 32). Subs (not used): Shane White, Adriano Basso, Les Afful, River Allen.


15 September 2016

Truro City 0 Poole Town 0

City stretched their unbeaten National League South run to three games, but will have felt they should have taken all three points.
They had the better of the chances against their high-flying visitors and on another night would have come out on top.
But the draw took them a place up the table to 16th and five points clear of the relegation zone.


City boss Lee Hodges named an unchanged side for the third successive game for their last home league match until Dartford visit on October 8.
Thankfully the torrential rain, which was accompanied by thunder and lightning, eased before the kick before stopping all together for the crowd of just over 300.
The game began slowly, with neither keeper really tested in the opening 20 minutes, though there were promising signs for City with Ryan Brett prominent, though the final killer pass proved elusive.
After Luke Roberts shot well wide for the visitors, Niall Thompson had an effort easily held by Poole keeper Nick Hutchings.
The best chance of the half fell to City after 27 minutes, when Hutchings could not hold onto Thompson's low cross from the right, but Rocky Neal's close range effort was deflected over for a corner.
That was the closest either side got, though Neal did find the net just before the break, but Thompson had already run the ball out of play.
The main Poole threat came from free kicks, but City's defence looked very solid as the half ended goalless.
Truro began the second half well, with the influential Ollie Knowles finding Thompson down the right.
His shot from a difficult angle was parried by Hutchings, with Cooke's follow up strike cleared off the line.
For Poole, on loan AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge was just wide with a curling free-kick, but it was a rare threat from the visitors.
City continued to press, with Cooke and Ben Adelsbury both shooting wide, while a Brett free-kick was headed on by Arran Pugh before being deflected for a Brett corner, which Aaron Bentley headed wide.
A great save by Nick Hutchings then denied Cooke what would have been a deserved winner five minutes from time, but the crucial goal just would not come.
It was a good all round performance by City who looked like a real team and one that is going to be difficult to beat.
They will now hope to maintain their good form at Winchester City on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup.

CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh (capt), Smith, Richards; Cooke, Adelsbury, Knowles, Brett, Thompson (Afful 81), Neal.
Subs (not used): White, Fallon, Allen, Basso.
Yellow card: Knowles (41), Neal (57).
POOLE TOWN: Hutchings; Lindsay, Spetch, Walker, Whisken (capt), Gleeson, Burbidge, Devlin, Sunridge (Wort 63), Roberts (Gillespie 88), Baggie (Granger 66).
Subs (not used): Rees, Case.
Referee: Adam Ricketts.
Crowd: 302.

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12 September 2016

Oxford City 1 Truro City 1

Truro gained a useful point at Marsh Lane as they edged further away from the wrong end of the National League South table.
City boss Lee Hodges named an unchanged side from the one that beat Hungerford Town 2-0 in the week, with Brazilian keeper Adrian Basso returning on the bench.
After a goalless first half, City went ahead after 56 minutes with right back Arran Bentley scoring with a good far post header from a corner by Ryan Brett, with the home side soon leveling through a controversial Scott Davies penalty and that was how it stayed.

City boss Lee Hodges was pleased with his team's solid performance, but unhappy with the penalty awarded against Jack Smith for his challenge on Joel Ashby.
He said: "We were nice and solid and resolute. And after last week (when City lost. 6-0 at home to East Thurrock Utd) it's good to have taken four points from two games.
"It was back to basics, though the game wasn't a classic.
"It was a clean challenge by Jack, but the referee could not seem to wait to give the penalty.
"Everyone in the ground was laughing. I thought when we scored we would go on and win
".After the penalty they got a bit of a head of steam but we defended well and Tom McHale made a couple of important late saves."
The result leaves City 17th in the table four points clear of the relegation places.
They are next in action at home to Poole Town on Tuesday evening.
City: McHale; Bentley, Pugh, Smith, Richards; Thompson, Knowles, Adelsbury, Brett, Cooke, Neal. Subs: Fallon, White, Allen, Afful, Basso
Crowd: 214

08 September 2016

Truro City 2 Hungerford Town 0

City bounced back from Saturday's 6-0 home drubbing at the hands of East Thurrock United, to earn only their second National League South win of the season and their first at home, as they deservedly beat the West Berkshire visitors on Tuesday night.
First half goals by Cody Cooke and Niall Thompson were enough to give City the points, which lifted them  three places up the table to 16 th, ahead of Saturday's visit to Oxford City.
The passion and commitment that seemingly was so lacking on Saturday was there in abundance, as they never stopped running and battling for the 90 minutes to earn a precious win their first at home since April 5 when they beat Dartford.

No doubt stung by the heavy criticism they received after the East Thurrock defeat, the City players were really up for the fight against a good Hungerford side.
And they were not to be denied the win, even as Hungerford threw everything at them in the second half, as City defended with their lives to keep only their second clean sheet of the season.
The team showed three changes from Saturday, with keeper Tom McHale making his first start of season in goal in place of the injured Adriano Basso, while Arran Bentley started at right back, with Ben Adelsbury restored to the midfield as River Allen and player-coach Rory Fallon dropped to the bench.
Manager Lee Hodges was suffering from a severe bout of flu and watched the match from the stands, leaving Fallon in the dug out.
It was the visitors, whose new signing, former England full back Nicky Shorey did not travel as expected, who began the better, with Stefan Brown missing an early chance when after being put clear down the left, he shot just wide of the far post.
But it was City who opened the scoring after 11 minutes, with their first meaningful attack, as the excellent Ryan Brett crossed low from the right of the area for Cooke to score his third of the season with an emphatic finish.
Buoyed by the goal, City continued to press with Cooke shooting at Legg, while the tireless Rocky Neal, who played largely a lone role up front, was well wide with a volley.
Hungerford though continued to threaten with Garyn Preen testing McHale , Ian Herring heading over and  Luke Williams blasted wastefully over the bar.
At the other end, Brett was just unable to finish off a Cooke cross from the left, which Legg did well to claim, but City did get their second two minutes before the break.
Neal showed great persistence on the left before finding Thompson on the edge of the area and he drilled a superb strike past the left hand of the helpless Legg and into the bottom corner.
It was the perfect time to score and the question was whether City could hold onto their 2-0 lead, having twice already drawing games which they had led by the same margin this season.
Hungerford began strongly after the break with Preen lobbing over from a flick by Brown.
For Truro, an Ollie Knowles corner flashed across the six yard box, as City sought the comfort of a third.
Hungerford though were not going to go down quietly with sub Harry Goodger and skipper Matt Pay both heading over from free-kicks.
McHale, who had a fine game, brought off an excellent save to keep out a Luke Williams drive and the midfielder then clipped the top of the bar with a fierce strike.
City's defence though was unyielding,  led by skipper and man of the match Arran Pugh, backed up by the rest of his fired up side who chased and harried every ball.
Brett was denied a third for City as Legg kept out his well struck free-kick, as the home side finished the game strongly and fully deserved the applause of the home crowd as they came off at the end.
What a difference four days make.
Truro City: McHale; Bentley, Pugh (capt), Smith, Richards, Thomson, Knowles (Allen 75), Cooke, Brett, Thompson, Neal.
Subs (not used): Crago, Fallon, Afful, White.
Yellow card: Knowles
Hungerford Town: Legg; Tyler, Jones, Day, John, Clark (Goodger 62), Herring (Bignall 62), Williams, Preen, Jarvis, Brown (McGrory 62).
Subs (not used): Rusby, Boardman
Yellow card: Jones:
Goals: Cooke (11) 1-0, Thomson (43) 2-0.
Referee; Marc Whaley.
Crowd 406.


04 September 2016

Truro City 0 East Thurrock Utd 6

City's difficult start to the season in National League South reached an abject low as  they crashed to defeat against newly-promoted East Thurrock at a wet Treyew Road.
The defeat leaves City just one point off the relegation places, ahead of Tuesday's night's home game with Hungerford Town, with a single win from their opening eight games.
And after watching his side go down without barely a whimper, City boss Lee Hodges apologised to everyone connected with the club for his team's performance.
He said: "We got what we deserved,  if you don't want to fight and battle and put your bodies on the line., We looked very sorry for ourselves out there.
" I can only only  apologise to the fans who turned up here today and everyone connected with the club who works their socks off.
 "I hope the players  are hurting, but  I don t know if they are?
"But is is hurting me, I have a lot of pride in what I do. Some   players for me at are just  going through the motions.
"I am up for the fight let's see if they are?"

The visitors' hero was Tom Wraight who scored all four goals as his side  eased into a 4-0 interval lead.
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His first came after eight minutes when he finished well  after an attempted   City clearance was charged down
And Wraight went onto score three more in the final 11 minutes of the half.
His second was a terrific strike, which was followed by a mazy run and good finish before heading home at the far post.
 After the break City did look a little more threatening   with Rocky Neal heading over and Ryan Brett denied by a great challenge form Ryan Sammons, but the impressive Essex side  finished the game strongly, with substitute Michael Freiter scoring from close range before Reece Harris completed the  rout with a long range effort.
 Truro City: Basso (McHale 58); Cooke (Bentley h-t), Pugh, Smith, Richards, Allen, Knowles, Brett, Thomson, Fallon (Afful h-t), Neal.
Subs (not used): Crago, Adelsbury.
East Thurrock Utd: Lidakevicius; Sammons, Nesbitt, Clark, Ellul, Wood, Harris, Burns (Freiter 25), Walker (Marlow 71), Gardner (Ferdinand 75), Wraight.
Subs (not used): Age, Honesty.
 Goals: Wraight (9) 0-1, Wraight (34 0-2), Wraight (41) 0-3, Wraight (42) 0-4, Freiter (75) 0-5, Harris (81) 0-6.
Referee: Gary Parsons (Hampshire).
Crowd: 261


30 August 2016

Maidenhead 2 Truro City 0

After Saturday’s battling away win at Concord Rangers Devonshire made just two changes to his starting XI despite two games in three days. Marks and Forbes made way for Upward and Smith in a like for like swap as Smith was put up top to support Tarpey.
Just 4 minutes in Mulley flashed the first chance of the game wide from 10 yards following Inman’s knock down.The first quarter of the match was relatively slow, Pritchard was however causing the Truro defence some problems down the left but his crosses failed to lead to any clear-cut chances.
It was Maidenhead though who took the lead after 25 minutes when a pinpoint Peters cross was met by Tarpey. His downward header found the corner of the net to put the Magpies a goal to the good. The first goal was always going to be crucial with Maidenhead not losing in a game they’ve scored in all season.
Truro’s ex-Swansea City striker Fallon made himself a nuisance for Inman and Massey, but the pair were more then up for the physical challenge. They commandingly dealt with any long balls directed at them, just as they had against Chelmsford. James Comley in the centre midfield also had a particularly good half as he won just about everything that came his way.
Maidenhead thought they had doubled their advantage just before the break as Pritchard nodded in from Tarpey’s inswinging corner. Pricthard’s celebrations were short-lived as he was penalised for pulling meaning the score remained 1-0 at half-time.
The Magpies came flying out of the blocks in the second half and after 47 minutes were awarded a penalty. The energetic Upward was clattered into following a corner to give Tarpey a chance for his second. His low effort though was saved well by Basso in the Truro goal to keep the game at 1-0.
Tarpey didn’t waste any time dwelling on this missed chance as his striker partner for the day Smith accurately released him on goal in the 52nd minute. He smashed it home into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 for his tenth of the season in just August.
After the frenzied start to the second half, Tarpey’s second effectively killed the game off. A mazy run by Truro substitute Neal with 20 minutes to play looked promising for the visitors, but he failed to tee up a team mate.
The closest Truro came to finding the net wasn’t until the 82nd minute. After a rare handling error by Pentney, Truro striker Fallon blasted over from 8 yards. This was the final chance for either team of any note and Maidenhead ran out 2-0 winners to make it a perfect weekend and give them and the 751 attendance their 5th win on the bounce.
The result keeps Maidenhead top of the league after 7 games on 18 points, with Hampton & Richmond, St. Albans City and Poole Town behind on 16 points.
Magpies: Pentney, Peters, Steer, Smith, Massey, Inman, Tarpey (Barratt 84), Comley, Upward (Forbes 53), Mulley (Hammond 70), Pritchard
Unused subs: Wiltshire, Olorunfemi
Truro: Basso, White, Richards, Adelsbury, Smith, Pugh, Brett, Afful, Knowles, Fallon, Cooke
Subs: Bentley, McHale, Allen, Thompson, Neal


28 August 2016

Truro City 1-1 Welling United

After a long journey beset by rail and road difficulties, Welling United claimed a well deserved point at Truro City.FOOTBALL (WELLING AWAY)
Having to travel to Cornwall during the August Bank Holiday weekend was not an ideal situation but Welling put the Welling players made light of their late arrival and battled hard on a poor playing surface.
When they played on a similar surface at Oxford City, they did not adapt well, but at Truro, they played the better football and could have claimed all three points.
Two new players, Adam Coombes and Lyle Delle Verde made their Welling United debuts and both fitted in immediately.
Both teams had early half chances before Adriano Basso was the first goalkeeper called into action, saving at the near post from Dan Walker.
Mitchell Nelson then headed over from Sam Hatton’s cross before Chris Lewington made his first save at the feet of Andrew Neal.FOOTBALL (WELLING AWAY)
Half chances continued to come at both ends. Cody Cooke stabbed wide for the hosts and at the other end, Coombes and Walker both had shots blocked.
Ryan Brett drew a save from Lewington and Basso saved a firm Walker drive.
Twice more before the break, Lewington made saves. First he had to keep out a Danny Waldren slice and then a shot from Niall Thompson.
Half Time 0-0
At the break, an injury to Hatton meant that he had to be replaced by Harry Crawford.
On 51 minutes, the hosts went ahead from a quick throw that was moved on by Neal for Cooke to finish at the far post.
Waldren came close with a rasping drive that beat Basso but also the far post however Welling levelled in the 68th minute.
Delle Verde found Walker at the far post and he played it in to Crawford who finished from close range.FOOTBALL (WELLING AWAY)
Lewington made the save of the match soon after when Ben Adelsbury’s shot was deflected towards the top corner only to be turned over brilliantly.
That proved to be a point saver and Welling manager Mark Goldberg was far happier afterwards than in easier weeks.
“In the first half we had two or three good opportunities to score and we didn’t take them. I’ve been looking recently for that final pass. Today we had that final pass but we didn’t have that clinical finish.
“There was some good flowing football on a very bumpy pitch. I think if you compare this to the Oxford game, there are many steps forward. I think the fans that made the long journey, we appreciate them coming all this way, I think they saw a new Welling.”
Full time 1-1
Truro City: Basso, White, Richards, Adelsbury, Smith, Pugh, Brett (Knowles, 73), Neal, Thompson, Fallon, Cooke.
Unused substitutes: Bentley, McHale,  Crago, Afful.

Welling United: Lewington, Nelson, Brown, Hatton (Crawford 46), Francis, Hayles, Joseph-Dubois, Waldren,Walker, Coombes, Delle Verde.
Unused Substitutes: Banton, Johnson.

Referee: Andrew Laver
Assistants: Lee Roberts and Scott Taylor
Attendance: 401
Welling star player: Lyle Delle Verde
Images courtesy of Dave Budden

22 August 2016

Hampton & Richmond 2 Truro City 2

Truro City looked on course for a second successive National League South win on the road when they led 2-0 at half time in Middlesex.
An early goal from Rocky Neal, his second in three matches, and one right on half time by Niall Thomson had seemingly put the visitors seemingly in command, with the home side missing an early penalty when Nicke Kabamba shot wide.
But for the second time this season, City let slip a 2-0 lead and in the end had to to settle for a hard earned point, which took their season's tally to five in as many games and leaves them 15th in the table.

The home side, who are now second, came back strongly after the break, with Jamal Lowe pulling one back with 20 minutes to go and Brendan Kiernan making it 2-2 with 13 minutes left.
City though managed to hold onto a battling point.
And City boss Lee Hodges said they had been up against by far the best team they had met this season.
"They moved the ball quickly and it was difficult," he said.
Happy with a point - City's Lee Hodges
"They have been use to winning week in and week out and that breeds confidence. I think in the end it was a good point.
"It was a tough second half and we found it difficult to get out and once they scored it lifted them,
"But the boys showed great character and in the end it was a good point."
It took City just seven minutes to take their lead with their first real attack as Neal controlled a pass from Cody Cooke and did superbly to turn and score from just inside the area, yet again showing what an asset he should be to City this season.
Three minutes later Cooke was adjudged to have brought down Harold Odametey as he cut in but Nicki Kabamba's poor spot kick missed the target, though Adrian Basso would probably have saved it even if it was on target.
City then to do plenty of defending, before doubling their lead just before the break with Thomson rewarded for a great run to finish well from Neal's pass.
After the break the home side piled on the pressure and with 20 minutes left Lowe gave Basso no chance with a cool finish to get the home side right back into the match.
And then Kiernan set up a frantic finale when he levelled the scores after Basso had blocked a shot from Kabamba.
The Brazilian keeper then had to go off with a hamstring twinge, but Tom McHale was a more than able replacement as City dug deep for a welcome point.
Manager Lee Hodges had made two changes for the game, with loan signing Jack Smith making his first start in defence in place of Arran Bentley, with Rory Fallon fit to take his place up front with Jack Crago dropping to the bench.
River Allen (back) and Les Afful (groin) were both missing.
And Hodges said Smith had a superb debut.
"He threw his body on the line and had a great game." he said
CITY: Basso; White, Pugh, Smith, Richards, Adelsbury, Cooke, Brett,Thomson, Fallon, Neal. Subs: Bentley, Knowles, Crago, Williams, McHale.


Truro City 1 Bath City 3

Truro suffered their first ever defeat against Bath (they have only met four times) when they lost to The Romans at Treyew Road on Tuesday evening – a result which dropped the home side down to 14th in the National League South table.
All the goals of a disappointing night for the home side, came in the second half, with big Bath striker Marvin Morgan and a disputed Billy Murphy penalty putting the visitors 2-0.
A late Ryan Brett goal gave Truro brief hope, but Bath substitute Shaquille Hunter sealed the points for the visitors at the death with their third goal as they moved up to tenth in the table.


City boss Lee Hodges made one change from the side that won at Concord, with former Tavistock striker Jack Crago making his first start since signing in the summer, in place of the injured Rory Fallon.
It was City who had the early openings, with Niall Thomson shooting wide and then Rocky Neal was unable to get a touch to Thomson's low cross from the right.
But the visitors then got into the match with Naby Diallo's shot well held by Adriano Basso and Stuart Fleetwood had a shot blocked after Thomson carelessly gave the ball away in midfield.
Most of the threat to what looked like a very shaky Truro defence all night, was coming from Bath, with full back Dan Bowman making a strong run down the right, but Morgan's shot was deflected for a corner which Chas Hemmings headed wide.
The home side were struggling to make much impression and never seriously tested Bath keeper Steve Phillips in what was a pretty uneventful and low quality opening 45 minutes.
Both sides had openings at start of second half, with Morgan denied by Basso and Crago having a shot deflected over.
It was Bath though who made the crucial breakthrough after 54 minutes when Morgan was put in down the left and beat Basso to make it 1-0.
City came so close to an equaliser when Rocky Neal was superbly denied by Steve Phillips from close range, with skipper Arran Pugh, who was making his 250th Truro appearance, seeing his header from the resultant Brett corner pushed onto the bar by Phillips at the expense of another corner, which was again scrambled clear.
However, with less than ten minutes left referee Richard Hulme adjudged Jamie Richards had brought down former City favourite Andy Watkins just inside the area, but it looked a highly marginal call to say the least.
But whatever the validity of the award, Billy Murphy made no mistake from the spot kick and the game looked over.
Somehow, with three minutes, left City got back into the match after a terrific goalmouth scramble saw Ryan Brett force the ball home.
And in more incredible goalmouth mayhem, City somehow could not force an equaliser, with the ball hitting the bar and being cleared off the line as Bath survived.
However, with a minute left Hunter lashed the ball into the roof of the net to put the result beyond doubt and leave Truro still looking for their first home win of the campaign.
There is certainly plenty of room for improvement.
They are next in action at Hampton and Richmond on Saturday.
TRURO CITY: Basso; White, Pugh (capt), Bentley, Richards; Thomson, Adelsbury, Cooke, Brett, Crago (Afful 66), Neal.
Subs (not used); Smith, Knowles, Allen, McHale (GK)
BATH CITY: Phillips; Bowman, Monthe, Hemmings, Ball (capt), Diallo (Hunter half time), Murphy, Rigg, Watkins, Morgan (Hutchinson 88), Fleetwood (Marshall 75).
Subs (not used): Elcock , Batten.
Goals: Morgan (54) 0-1, Murphy (pen 81) 0-2, Brett (87) 1-2; Hunter (89) 1-3.
Referee: Richard Hulme.
Crowd: 486.

Concord Rangers 0-2 Truro City

Truro City earn opening win of season as Rocky scores on first start
By Rhod_Mitchell | August 13, 2016

Concord Rangers 0 Truro City 2
A first City goal for summer signing Rocky Neal and one from skipper Arran Pugh, helped City to their first National League South win of the season after making the long trip to Canvey Island to play bottom club Concord Rangers.
It was a much needed win for Lee Hodges's side after taking just one point from their opening two games and lifted them eight places up the table to tenth.
For the game, Hodges made just one change, with Neal, who scored 60 goals for Bodmin last season, coming in for the suspended River Allen, for his first start after coming on from the bench in City's opening two games.


And Neal showed his goalscoring prowess by giving City the lead against The Beach Boys after 33 minutes and five minutes later Pugh made it 2-0 with his 21st goal for the club on his 249th appearance for the club.
It was then a case of whether City could keep their first clean sheet of the season, especially after surrendering a 2-0 lead in the opening match against Chelmsford City.
But they withstood all the home side could throw at them at their Aspect Arena ground to take the three points.
City are next in action at home to Bath City, who also got their first win today, beating St Albans City 3-0, on Tuesday evening (7.45pm)
Concord Rangers: McNamara, Girdlestone, Collins, Dowie, Easterford (Teniola 47), Ekpiteta, Hodd,White (capt), Akrofi, Cawley, Carlos (Mason 80). Subs (not used): Topley, Onyemah, Young (GK).
City: Basso; White, Pugh (capt), Bentley, Richards, Adelsbury, Cooke, Brett, Thompson (Afful 84), Fallon (Crago 66), Neal. Subs (not used): Smith, Knowles, McHale (GK).
Goals: Neal (33) 0-1, Pugh (38) 0-2.
Crowd: 198

Gosport Borough 3-1 Truro City

Truro City suffer defeat at Gosport Borough
By Rhod Mitchell | August 09, 2016

Gosport Borough 3 Truro City 1


City went down to defeat in Hampshire on Tuesday night, to leave them with just one point from their opening two National League South matches.
Lee Hodges named an unchanged City side from the one that drew 2-2 at home to Chelmsford City on Saturday, with new loan signing Jack Smith on the bench.
After Chris Flood had put the home side ahead after 25 minutes, when City failed to clear a corner, the visitors got back on level terms four minutes into the second half when Sam Pearce brought down Niall Thomson from behind and the former Torquay United man levelled from the spot, shooting past former Truro keeper Martin Rice.
Rice then made a fine save to keep out a Ryan Brett kick before Gosport regained the lead after 71 minutes, with Warren Bentley following up to score after Adriano Basso had parried a fierce shot from Tom Bird.


And with four minutes left, with City pushing forward, Bentley ran clear to make it 3-1 and put the result beyond doubt.
And City boss Lee Hodges admitted he was "bitterly disappointed" with his side's performance, especially after the promise shown in the opening game against Chelmsford.
"We never really got going," he said.
"For the first ten minutes we looked dangerous and Niall had a good chance but shot wide and then we allowed them to get into match.
"We conceded a sloppy goal from a corner but then tinkered with a few things and it looked better.
"When Niall got the penalty I thought we could go and get something from the game, even though we were not playing great.
"It was very disappointing, the boys looked bit leggy. We have now got to pick it up at Concord on Saturday.
"I would like to thank the fans who came and supported us and it was gutting we could not have played better."
The result leaves City 17th in the table.

Truro City 2-2 Chelmsford

Ten man Truro City denied opening day win by 89th minute Chelmsford goal
By Rhod Mitchell | August 06, 2016


Truro City 2 Chelmsford City 2
Ten man City conceded a 89th minute goal as they were denied an opening day National League South victory ,after leading the Essex visitors 2-0 at half time.
Goals by Cody Cooke, on his 200th City appearance and Shane White had put the home side in command at the break and they also missed chances to put the game out of sight.
But after the break, Chelmsford applied plenty of pressure, with a Chris Rush free-kick on the hour getting them back into the match.


And with 20 minutes left, City's cause was not helped when River Allen was sent off for a second bookable offence after making a rash challenge, after picking up a soft yellow card in the first half for not retreating ten yards from a free-kick.
City though held out until a minute from time when substitute Shamir Mullings headed home from close range to ensure honours ended even on a hot afternoon at Treyew Road.
It was the first competitive game back for City manager Lee Hodges and he gave a debut to new signing Adriano Basso in goal and the former Bristol City and Hull No 1 enjoyed an outstanding match.
Rory Fallon, River Allen, Niall Thompson also started alongside seven of last season's successful squad.
And the game could hardly have started better for City as Cooke pounced on a defensive mistake to lash the ball past Chelmsford keeper Joe Welch in the fifth minute.
But Basso then had to bring off a superb close range double save to deny Billy Bricknell before after 22 minutes White latched onto a loose ball from Ryan Brett's corner to drill a low shot into the net to make it 2-0.
It was virtually all Truro and Brett had a shot cleared off the line with Welch beaten and just before the break wasted a golden chance to make it 3-09 when he shot wide at the far post from Cooke's cross.
Just before half time City skipper Arran Pugh put in a superb challenge to deny Bricknell and ensure the home side went in 2-0 up at the break.
At the start of the second half Thompson's first time shot forced a fingertip save from Welch, but it was a rare threat from the home side in the second period.Chelmsford continued to apply the pressure and finally beat Basso with Rush's free-kick into the bottom corner.
After Allen saw red for his challenge on Ashley Miller, it was really backs to the wall for City.But they dug deep with Basso somehow denying sub Shaun Jeffers, with Robbie Wilmott blasting the loose ball over.
City though looked to have done enough to secure all three points until Mullings rose at the far post to power home a Willmott cross for the right to ensure a point.It was tough on the home side after such a good start, but there was plenty of positives to take into Tuesday's match at Gosport Borough who lost 3-0 at Maidenhead United.
TRURO CITY: Basso; White, Pugh (capt), Bentley, Richards, Allen, Cooke, Adelsbury, Brett, Fallon, Thompson (Neal 82). Subs (not used): Hardcastle, Afful, Williams, McHale.
CHELMSFORD CITY: Welch; Miller (Graham 70), Haines, Bush, Blanchett (Mulings 82), Willmott, Daley, Church, Cornhill, Willmott, Bricknell, Reid (Jeffers 59). Subs (Not used): Merrifield, Bailey-Dennis.
Goals: Cooke (5) 1-0, White (22) 2-0; Rush (61) 2-1, Mullings (89) 2-2.
Crowd: 502.
Referee: Savva Yianni

13 May 2016

TISA Statement on Incident at Maidstone United

With regard to the incident before the Maidstone United v Truro City game on Sunday May 8th where at least five innocent TISA members were falsely identified as “troublemakers” it remains the case that we still do not know who the perpetrators were of this cowardly and malicious act which could have resulted in a serious public disorder incident were it not for the admirable restraint shown by all concerned and the common sense and professionalism of the Maidstone officials.
With Truro City Football Club seemingly not interested in investigating this matter any further and seeking to draw a line under the issue with their recent statement we in TISA feel we cannot allow the reputation of our members and that of our Association itself to be tarnished in this way.
Despite claiming that the statement issued by TCFC was made jointly with Maidstone United FC, we understand that no such corresponding statement on this issue has been made by Maidstone which leaves the only evidence we have being that given to us repeatedly in person by various Maidstone officials and officers of the Kent Police Force that the information and photographs came from “your club”.
In the absence of any further investigation by either club we don’t know whether “your club” referred to officials of Truro City Football Club or perhaps even persons within  the official Truro City Supporters Club but we intend to use the official and approved channels open to us in order that we may find out.  We believe we owe it to our members to do this.
We have already sought the advice from the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and on Monday May 16th if we do not hear from TCFC that those responsible have been identified and dealt with appropriately, applying sanctions consistent with those applied on previous occasions by the club, then we will be making Subject Access Requests to both Football Clubs, Freedom of Information Requests to the Kent Police Force and letters to the National League.
We hope that this course of action can be avoided and that TCFC can work with TISA by contacting me the Secretary in order that we can put an end to this properly once and for all.

Simon Birch – TISA Secretary

10 May 2016

Maidstone Utd 1 Truro City 0 (Maidstone win 3-0 on aggregate)

City's hopes of a second successive promotion came to an end in Kent, despite a brave fight in this National League South play-off second leg tie.
The visitors went into the game trailing 2-0 from the home leg, but in the first half they were better team and created several good chances without being able to take any of them them.
And the longer the game went on in the heat at the Gallagher Stadium, the tougher it became for City and Alex Flisher's 73rd minute goal following s quick counter-attack finally sealed their fate.


But despite the defeat it has been a superb season by Steve Tully' side to finish fourth, but unfortunately they fell just short at the end with that first leg defeat just too difficult to overcome.
For the game, Tully made three changes with Aaron Dawson coming in at right back for Shane White, with Connor Riley-Lowe returning at left back to allow Ryan Brett to move into midfield with Ben Adelsbury dropping to the bench.
And in the first half, City were the more dangerous side and knew that a goal that would get them right back into the match.
They took the match to the home side, with Dan Green and Cody Cooke both going close.
Dawson had a long range shot turned away by home keeper Lee Worgan, who then performed heroics to somehow keep out Cooke's flick with his legs following a corner.
With Matty Jay influential in many of the visitors' best moves, City continued to press without reward.
And they then suffered a blow early in the second half when influential skipper Arran Pugh had to go off injured with Jamie Richards taking his place in central defence.
Maidstone improved after the interval, but City still carried a real goal threat without being able to find a finish.
And when Flisher struck it was game over though City never gave up.
Over the two legs they competed well, but the lack of a goalscorer, with Isaac Vassell out injured, was telling.
In the final Maidstone will travel to local rivals Ebbsfleet utd on Saturday after they beat Whitehawk on penalties.
Maidstone: Worgan, Driver, Mills, Coyle, Parry, Rogers, Karagiannis (Sweeney 74mins), Healy, Dumaka (May 62mins), Taylor (Paxman 78mins), Flisher. Subs not used: Davies, Godmon.
CITY: Rice; Dawson, Pugh (Richards 47), Bentley, Riley-Lowe (Afful 60); Jay, Green, Knowles, Cooke (Adelsbury 70), Brett, Wright. Subs: Not used: White, McHale.
Goal: Flisher (73) 1-0.
City man of the match: Ollie Knowles.
Referee: Carl Brook

Crowd: 2508

By Rhod_Mitchell | West Briton | May 08, 2016

06 May 2016

Truro City 0 Maidstone Utd 2


Truro City face uphill task after 2-0 home play off defeat by Maidstone
By Rhod_Mitchell | May 04, 2016

Truro City have it all to do to reach the National South play-off final after going down to a 2-0 home defeat to Maidstone United in Wednesday night's first-leg encounter at Treyew Road, writes Stuart James.
In front of a healthy crowd of 1,011, Steve Tully's side were second best on the night against a very direct but clinical Maidstone side.
A brilliant overhead kick by Joe Healy broke the deadlock on the half hour mark before Alex Flisher gave the Kent club a healthy lead for Sunday's second leg with the second ten minutes after half-time.
Truro found themselves under the cosh right from the start with a very direct Maidstone side causing problems from set plays.
The long throws of Flisher were causing no end of problems and from the first one inside the opening five minutes, a Maidstone shot deflected narrowly over the bar and the second was headed behind by a Truro defender.
The Truro goal was living a charmed life with another long throw causing panic in the penalty box and Maidstone defender Manny Parry poked the ball wide from close range.
Bobby-Joe Taylor was next to try his luck with a shot from distance that dipped just over the crossbar and a rare Truro attack almost ended in a freak goal for them as Tom Mills ' backpass rolled under the feet of goalkeeper Lee Worgan, who got back to hack the ball clear just before it crossed the line.
However, Maidstone's pressure finally told when, on 29 minutes, they broke the deadlock and it came from another long throw. Truro initially dealt with it, clearing high into the air, but Healy, with his back to goal, lashed a stunning bicycle kick that flew past Martin Rice in the Truro goal from ten yards.
Maidstone continued to apply pressure and the first half ended with Vas Karagiannis seeing a shot blocked,
Truro were far better at the start of the second half and created their best chance when a free kick into the box found its way to Aaron Bentley six yards out, but he volleyed wastefully over the bar. It proved a costly miss as well as within two minutes, Maidstone doubled their lead in the 56th minute.
A long ball over the top was not dealt with and Flisher took advantage of some poor defending by Bentley as the Maidstone wide man hammered the ball past Rice from 18 yards.
Truro responded well to that setback with Ben Adelsbury seeing a shot deflect wide of the upright, but Maidstone were proving a hard nut to crack with Jamie Coyle outstanding at the heart of their defence.
Ryan Brett tried his luck from long range for Truro, but fired straight at Worgan and Matt Wright was high over the bar with an effort from 18 yards.
By then, Les Afful and Ollie Knowles had come on as manager Steve Tully tried to freshen things up and Knowles almost grabbed a lifeline when Worley spilled a shot, but the substitute was unable to turn the loose ball home.
Afful then won his side a free kick in a dangerous position, but Ryan Brett curled the ball high over the bar and Worley punched a looping Wright header behind for a corner.
Time was running out for Truro though despite no lack of effort and they came agonisingly close to a goal in the first minute of stoppage time. Matt Jay delivered a fine cross from the right which Wright headed downwards, but the ball bounced up and off the face of the crossbar before going behind for a goal kick.
It was that sort of night for the home side.
CITY: Rice; White, Pugh, Bentley (Knowles, 74), Richards; Adelsbury, Green, Brett, Cooke (Afful 57), Jay, Wright. Subs (not used); Dawson, Mitchell, McHale.
Yellow cards: Cooke, Knowles.
MAIDSTONE UTD: Worgan (capt); Driver, Parry, Coyle, Mills; Karagiannis (Sweeney 75), Rogers, Healy, Taylor, Flisher, May (Dumaka 80). Subs (not used): Davies, Paxman, Godmon
Goals: Healy (27) 0-1, Flisher (56) 0-2.
Referee: Tim Wood (Gloucestershire)
Crowd: 1011