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.