26 January 2015

Truro City 2 Dorchester Town 1

City moved up to fourth in the Evo-Stik Southern premier division after this  battling win over relegation-threatened Dorchester, who were right in the game until the final whistle.
After a poor first half by the home side, goals by half time substitutes Les Afful and Shane Krac, his first for the club, had seemingly put City in command with less than 20 minutes left.
But a third goal by a substitute,  Dorchester’s Matt Oldring, set up a thrilling and frantic finale as City had to dig deep for an 11th home win of the season and the third in a row in 2015.
And with two more home games to come next week against Chippenham Town on Tuesday and Burnham next Saturday, Steve Tully’s men have a golden chance to cement their position  in the play-off placings.
Tully made one change from the team that beat Redditch Utd 3-2 in the week, with Dan Sullivan replacing Barry Hayles.
But it was Dorchester, under new player manager Mark Jermyn, who made all the early running with Chris Dillon heading wide.
City struggled to get into the match and were second best for much of the half. Their best chance came just before half time with Isaac Vassell shooting wide from close range.
Tully brought on Krac and Afful at half time, for skipper Jake Ash and Sullivan, to give the team fresh impetus.
And it was a move that paid off as the home side at last managed to assert themselves against their Dorset visitors, who included former City players in Dan Smith and Ben Watson.
The breakthrough came after 56 minutes when Vassell robbed Jermyn of the ball and crossed for Afful to finish well from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the season.
 Afful then turned provider as he set up Krac who rifled a drive into  the far corner  which gave Alan Walker-Harris in the visitors’ goal no chance.
But any hopes City might of had of strolling to victory were ended three minutes  later when Oldring forced home a disputed  Jake Smeeton free-kick from the right  .
Dorchester threw everything at City in  search of an equaliser,  but the home side managed to hold on for another vital win in their promotion fight.

CITY: Burns; Farkins, Pugh, Greenslade, White, Palmer Green, Ash (Krac h-t), Sullivan (Afful h-t), Vassell,  Duff (Wright 70). Subs (Not used): Hayles, McHale.
Goals: Afful (55) 1-0, Krac (71) 2-0, Oldring (73) 2-1.
Crowd: 474.
Referee: Andrew Turner.


22 January 2015

Truro City 3 Redditch United 2

A goal on his home debut by new City signing Danny Sullivan gave the White Tigers a vital win against one of their big rivals for promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern premier division.
On a chilly night at Treyew Road, Sullivan, who had come on as a substitute for Craig Duff, pounced after 67 minutes as he fired high into the roof of the net to give his new team a lead they would never relinquish.
The win moved City level on points with the visitors, though Steve Tully’s men remain fifth in the table due to their inferior goal difference.
For the second time in four days City, had to come from behind to claim the three points, after Redditch had taken the lead in the 18th minute with George Carline heading home a corner.
But ten minutes later they were back on level terms when the outstanding Danny Greenslade scored his first goal for the club, with a cross shot from the left into the far corner.
Four minutes later the home side went 2-1 up in rather fortunate style when Ron Farkins's long range effort was deflected into the path of top scorer Craig Duff ten yards out and he made no mistake firing into the bottom corner.
And that was how it stayed until half time and City were perhaps a shade lucky to be ahead at the break.
However, it took the visitors just eight minutes of the second half to level, when the spin on a speculative effort by Leigh Phillips somehow defeated City keeper Charlie Burns as it bounced almost apologetically into the net.
It was now a test of City’s character and they dug in to to regain the lead through Sullivan, but wasted chances to make the match safe and Redditch were well in the game until the final whistle.
But the home side held on as they started a run of four home matches in style.
They are next in action against struggling Dorchester Town on Saturday (3pm).

CITY: Burns; Farkins (Krac 70), Palmer, Pugh; White, Ash (capt), Green, Duff (Sullivan 58), Greenslade; Hayles (Wright 58), Vassell. Subs (not used): Afful, Moore (GK).
Yellow cards: Greenslade, Vassell, Pugh.

REDDITCH UTD: Hornby; Cullinan Liburd, Flanagan, Dinsley (Mutibvu 90+1), Mutton, Scarr, Phillips, Maye, Turner, Sammons (capt) (Swan (90+1), Carline. Subs (Not used): McDonald, Bridgwater.

Yellow cards: Flanagan.

Goals: Carline (17) 0-1, Greenslade (28) 1-1, Duff (33) 2-1, Phillips (51) 2-2, Sullivan (67) 3-2.

Referee: Marc Whaley.
Att 271
Man of the Match Danny Greenslade

(by Rhod Mitchell)

19 January 2015

Hitchin Town 1 Truro City 2

Hitchin's nine game unbeaten run came to an end as Truro came out 2-1 winners of a well contested game. Manager Mark Burke while not pleased with the result was honest enough to admit that Truro just shaded the game and were one of the best teams Hitchin have faced this season. He rued two defensive errors that led to the goals and felt we were unlucky to see the Truro keeper make two excellent saves in the second half but Hitchin could not be faulted for effort.

Truro were physically strong with a number of tall players giving them a height advantage but they could play good football too. They had a number of vastly experienced players who had footballing nous including the apparently ageless Barry Hayles who headed the winning goal. In contrast Hitchin had a much younger side who lack Truro's experience but are improving all the time.

Brett Donnelly replaced Simon Martin in the only change from last week as Hitchin played a 4-2-3-1 system. Isaac Vassell hit a shot in to the side netting after 10 minutes as Truro started well and it was slightly against the run of play when Brett Donnelly gave Hitchin the lead. His original header from a Lewis Rolfe cross came back off the post and he buried the rebound after 22 minutes. Jonny McNamara and Callum Donnelly both had shots that went wide but space was at a premium with both sides closing down very quickly. Callum Donnelly seemed to be fouled very close to if not inside the penalty area but the referee did not produce his whistle.

Truro made a good start to the second half and within 13 minutes were ahead. The equaliser came from Shane White who despatched a close range finish but Hitchin will feel they should have cleared the danger. Then eight minutes later Hayles was allowed a free header after a free kick from Danny Greenslade. It could have got worse but Charlie Horlock made a brilliant save from Vassell's header.

Hitchin then got back in to the game and Alasan Ann made a surging run and hit a terrific shot that Charlie Burns tipped over the bar. Hitchin were now in the ascendancy and Burns made another fine stop from Brett Donnelly's close range shot.  Ian Rees replaced Matt Lench and Simon Martin replaced Brett Donnelly later on as Hitchin kept pushing for the equaliser but it was not to be.

Another tough game with Corby on Monday continues a hard run of fixtures but Hitchin have proved they are not far behind the best teams in the league and a top ten finish is certainly achievable.

Horliock, Rolfe, Walster, Ann, Webb, Barker, McNamara, Lench, B Donnelly, C Donnelly, Kirkpatrick  Subs Martin for BDonnelly 87, Noone, Rees for Lench 68, O'Malley, Williams

Burns, White, Greenslade, Ash, Farkins, Pugh, Green. Palmer, Hayles, Vassell, Duff  Subs Wright for Hayles 68, Moore, Afful for Vassell 73, Sullivan for Duff 46, Tully

Hitchin Rolfe
Truro Greenslade and Pugh

Attendance 397

Roy Izzard

12 January 2015

Truro Independent Supporters Association (TISA) - Statement

TISA has, until now, remained silent on the incidents at, and subsequent to Truro City’s match at Dunstable Town on November 22nd 2014.  This is because we appreciated that an FA investigation was underway which we understood would influence the final sanctions applied by the club to a group of fans including some of our members, and we did not wish to interfere with that process. 

Like many however, we were shocked at the extent to which TCFC Chairman Peter Masters has been prepared to continually give misleading accounts of the events in question to the press including using his personal contacts in the media to sensationalise and misrepresent the actions of those involved.

We now find that the original club banning orders have been extended without any of the banned being given sight of the FA Report on which the bans were apparently based nor having any opportunity to appeal.  Therefore we would like to put on record the facts relating to the incidents and subsequent bans without hysteria or sensationalism:

In some cases, because none of the banned fans have been told specifically why they have been banned, we can only use previous media and press statements made by Mr Masters to guess which incident each fans ban relates to.

 Incident 1:

Two smoke sticks where let off in the stand housing the bulk of the Truro City fans.

Mitigating Circumstances

These smoke sticks are designed to be used safely as fireless hand held devices. Whilst deemed illegal to use except in an emergency, their use on the day put nobody in any danger and if anyone was uncomfortable with the smoke they could simply have just walked away from the area.

 Incident 2:

Being annoyed that at half-time the TCFC Chairman had ordered the players to snub its own supporters at the end of the game, a TISA representative enters the Dunstable Town Boardroom and confronts the TCFC Chairman, accusing him of disrespecting the Truro City fans.

Mitigating Circumstances

The representative did not know it was the Boardroom.  There was no sign to indicate that it was and the entrance was directly accessible to the supporters standing area. Although confrontational, there was no foul or abusive language used. The Dunstable Town Chairman, in reply to a letter of apology for this incident sent to him by the TISA Secretary, confirms that he “fully understands” the feelings of the fans prior to the entrance into the boardroom, and that it caused “no offence” just “mild shock and amusement”, and is happy for the representative to “buy him a pint” the next time the two teams meet in March.

 Incident 3:

Mr Masters had several exchanges with fans on the closed Facebook TISA Group.

Mitigating Circumstances

Mr Masters had himself requested to join the TISA closed Facebook Group and had been told at that time that it is an un-moderated group where comments may sometimes offend.  He himself has used social media to make some pretty tasty comments about people, so to actually ban people on the grounds that he didn’t like what he read is a bit rich.

The following banning orders have been issued by TCFC:

·        Two fans banned from Treyew Road until the end of season 2016/17

·        Two fan banned from Treyew Road until the end of season 2015/16

·        Three fans banned from Treyew Road until the end of the current season


In addition to being banned from Treyew Road, TCFC have stated that on all TCFC away matches the host club will be made aware of the bans.  To date this has included asking host clubs to display ‘mug shots’ of the banned and trying to persuade them to enforce the bans at their ground.

With regard to the smoke stick incident (Incident 1), it was so widely rumoured in advance that a pyrotechnic device was planned that it is inconceivable to us that Mr Masters himself was not aware of this.  It is strange, therefore, that he did not inform his hosts of this, in order that they may take some preventative action or plan for the event, or indeed speak to any of the supporters’ representatives to try and dissuade them from carrying out their planned action.  Rather than do any of these things he instead chose to position himself at a vantage point alongside his photographer who he instructed to snap away as events unfolded.

Whilst TISA recognises that the actions of some fans including some of its members may have overstepped the mark at Dunstable, we really would have expected things to be dealt with a little more leniently considering the support we have given the club over recent turbulent times.  Our members travel to every league away game with an average round trip distance of 487 miles. (Indeed the Dunstable round trip was 600 miles).   If the players are not allowed to come over to the fans at the end of a game when we have demonstrated that level of commitment and support then it’s little wonder we are going  to be upset. Not forgetting that it was only two out of a contingent of around 40 fans that let off smoke sticks.

TISA was instrumental in guiding Truro City through the administration process it found itself in when the former owner sold Treyew Road and went into bankruptcy.  Had it not been for our actions then, there would not have been a club for Mr Masters and his business partner to purchase.   Whilst we predominantly raise money for ourselves in order that we can fund our massively expensive travel to away games, we do also contribute annually to charities which included approximately £600 recently to Cornwall Hospice Care and Bipolar UK.  We may not be able to contribute very much in hard cash directly to the football club apart from our money through the turnstiles and in player sponsorship, but that money is permanently given unlike the current owners whose funds are given as directors’ loans for which they stand to be compensated for by the company hoping to develop Treyew Road.

We understand that Mr Masters resents the independent nature of our association, having tried and failed on several occasions to establish an official supporters’ club.  His failure to do so is a result of alienating most of the volunteers who gave their time freely before and after his arrival at the club. When Mr Masters arrived he had a structure of approximately 50 volunteers, over half of whom have now been sacked or have resigned in exasperation of his tyrannical approach. This is in addition to the entire reserve team which Mr Masters disbanded last July.
In conclusion TISA regrets the disturbances on the day in question but it is the host club Dunstable Town whose stadium suffered the smoke, and their Board room which had an unwelcomed guest appearance, and it is to them that TISA has given its written apology indicating a willingness to pay for any damage although we believed there was very little or none.  Thankfully, unlike Mr Masters, the Dunstable Chairman clearly being a rational ‘football’ man, understanding of the feelings of supporters, accepted this apology, dismissing the event as “that’s football for you”
Regretfully what was a healthy relationship between fans and owner has now deteriorated due to the draconian measures enforced, but with Mr Masters it’s very often a case of ‘My Way or the Highway’ - unfortunately we are just the latest car crash on his highway.

Simon Birch - TISA Secretary

10 January 2015

Truro City 1 v Corby Town 2 (match abandoned after 85 minutes)

Steelmen denied as the lights go out

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright
Corby Town’s hopes of claiming a seventh win in a row were plunged into darkness at Truro City.

Having travelled down to Cornwall on Friday for an overnight stay ahead of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash, the Steelmen led 2-1 with four minutes to go when the floodlights failed.
After a lengthy delay, the match was abandoned meaning goals from Wilson Carvalho and Elliott Chamberlain were wiped out.
Tommy Wright admitted after the game that what happens from now will be in the hands of the Southern League and the Football Association, who will now have to decide whether the game is replayed or whether the result can stand.
Wright made two changes to his team from the New Year’s Day success over Histon with Kalern Thomas and Shane Byrne both on the bench.
Connor Kennedy was handed a start along with Spencer Weir-Daley, who hit the winner against the Stutes.
It proved to be a hard-fought first half and neither side was able to find a breakthrough.
But the Steelmen broke the deadlock just past the hour thanks to Wilson Carvalho.
And it was 2-0 with 19 minutes to go when Elliott Chamberlain’s excellent finish found the net.
Ben Gerring pulled a goal back for the hosts as they looked to get back into the contest.
But the final outcome proved to be an abandonment after the lights went out after 86 minutes.
And that meant the Steelmen now have a gap of four points between them and leaders Weymouth, who claimed a 1-0 success over Cambridge City.
Steelmen: Walker, Kennedy, Anton, Malone, Appleton, Milnes, Mills, Taylor, Chamberlain, Weir-Daley, Carvalho. Subs: Thomas, Clarke, Byrne, Morgan, Wright
Goals: Carvalho (63 mins, 0-1), Chamberlain (71 mins, 0-2), Gerring (82 mins, 1-2).


07 January 2015


Paulton lost out to Truro City in the third round of the Southern League Cup sponsored by Red Insure.
Paulton paid the penalty for missed chances, hitting the bar twice and not being awarded what appeared a blatant penalty late in the second half.
Ed Palmer thundered a powerful free kick well held by Rovers keeper Kyle Phillips.
Truro went ahead on 14 minutes when les Afful beat the offside trap to beat Phillips. Two minutes later veteran Barry Hayles got on the end of a knock down from Palmer to tap home to make it 2-0.
Rovers rallied and Brandon Barnes hit the post and Mitchell page hit the rebound wide.Then Barnes intercepted a cross field ball and found Darren Jefferies whose shot was fisted away by visiting stopper Kyle Moore.
Paulton were a different side in the second period and for better finishing should have taken this cup tie.
Page set up Jefferies who hit the post, then Clayton Green's firm shot was well held by Moore. On the hour Ben Lacey broke in from the left and his shot was blocked by Arran Pugh. Green crossed for Page to head goalwards.
The break through was on sixty seven minutes sub Scott Wilson chipped over the Truro defence for Lacey to race on round the keeper to make it 2-1.
Six minutes later Pugh appeared to blatantly handle the ball in the area, but inexplicably the referee awarded a free kick to the visitors.
Jon Davies came on for Paulton and hit several goal bound efforts and Wilson lobbed over the bar from 30 yards out.

City: Moore; Farkins, Palmer, Pugh; James, Krac, Green (capt), Duff, Parker, Afful, Hayles. Subs: Cooke, Vassell, White,Tully.
Yellow card: Pugh.
Goals: Afful (13 ) 0-1, Hayles (15) 0-2, Lacey (67) 1-2.
Crowd: 93.