01 September 2015

Truro City 0 v Oxford City 6

Abject Truro City hit for six as they suffer third successive league defeat (by Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)


Ten man Truro City were given a brutal lesson as they slumped to a third successive National League South defeat after being totally outclassed by the impressive visitors.
Trailing 2-0 at half time, they then had defender Rob Farkins sent off and were fortunate to concede only four more goals as Oxford cruised to victory.
The defeat leaves City 17th in the table, just two points off the relegation places.
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And after the game, City boss Steve Tully pulled no punches, describing it as his worst day as manager at Treyew Road.
He said: "It's a bad day at the office. The worst game since I taken over as manager. I think we were lucky to finish 6-0 because they were the better team.
"What disappointed me most was that at 3-0 down and down to ten men we gave up, that's the biggest thing that hurt me."
And City fans should expect some coming and goings over the next few days.
Tully said: "There will be movement of players, there are certain players who cannot play this level and we need to get ones who can."
He said both himself and his management team, as well as the players, also needed to look at what they were doing.
City had to endure a chastening first half as they struggled to cope with the movement and pace of the visitors.
It took Oxford only six minutes to take the lead, with Omari Sterling James allowed far too much space in the right hand channel before finding the far corner of Martin Rice's net with a powerful low drive.
And it became 2-0 after 19 minutes when a simple long ball put Bradley Bubb clear and he easily beat a helpless Rice.
City struggled to create chances, with Arran Pugh unable to get a header on Rice free kick and Craig Duff forcing a good save from Laurie Walker their best efforts.
In contrast, an excellent Oxford side posed a constant threat and could easily have had a third before the break.
At half time, Tully brought on Dan Green and Les Afful for Jake Ash and Conor Riley-Low, but any hopes of a revival were soon ended as Farkins saw red five minutes into the half.
Chaisng back after losing the ball Farkins brought down Reece Fleet inside the area and as "last man" had to go.
Substitute Vinny Mukendi converted the spot kick to make it 3-0 and effectively end the game.
Oxford were in total command, as Mukendi struck twice more to complete his hat-trick in a 11 minute spell, with Luke Coluson ending the rout right on time with another penalty, after Shane Krac had brought him down, to end a miserable day for the home club.
It will now be a big test for manager Tully and his players starting with Saturday's trip to ninth-placed Eastbourne Borough, to try and turn the season around and it should make for fascinating viewing.
TRURO CITY: Rice; Farkins, Ash (Green h-t), Pugh; Dawson, White, Krac, Brett, Riley-Low (Afful h-t), Wright (Cooke 57), Duff. Subs (not used): Yeoman, McHale.
Yellow cards: Pugh, White, Wright, Krac.
Red card: Farkins.
OXFORD CITY: Walker; King, Lapoujade, Del Alamo, Arzamendi, Santiago, Coulson, Fleet, Bubb (Mukendi 20), Lafuente, Sterling, James. Subs: Benjamin, Henderson, Pifarre.
Yellow cards: Fleet, Lafuente.
Goals: Sterling James (6) 0-1, Bubb (19) 0-2, Mukendi (52 pen) 0-3, Mukendi (55), 0-4, Mukendi (63) 0-5, Coulson (90 pen) 0-6..
Crowd 541
Referee: Savvas Yianni (Weston-Super-Mare.

Gosport 3 v Truro City 1

A tale of two halves as Borough come from behind to beat Truro City and extend their unbeaten start to the season to seven games.

Before kick-off both sets of players walked out in unison and held a minutes silence for those lost their lives in the Shoreham air show disaster last weekend.
Alex Pike had gone with a fairly unchanged team from the one that came away from Dartford last weekend with three points as Ben Harding was the only change from the starting 11 with Mike Carter sitting out.
Once the visitors got the game under way all unison was chucked out of the window as Truro pushed Borough early on with Shane White hooking the ball around the wrong side of the post in the opening few minutes.
Truro continued to dominate the opening 15 minutes of the game with Ashmore once again showing why he is one of the best keepers in the league by getting down low to prevent Isaac Vassell, nephew of premier league legend Darius Vassell, putting the visitors ahead.
Once Boro' settled into the game chances came for Jamie White and Dan Wooden but it was Truro striker Matthew Wright who, against the run of play, put the White Tigers ahead on 24 minutes after Shane krac managed to squeeze past the Boro’ defence and place the ball onto Wright’s head.
Going a goal behind seemed to inspire Gosport who pressed the White Tigers defence and quickly found an equaliser eight minutes later.
A Tom Dunford corner found Harding on the edge of the box and his cross was found by captain Brett Poate and he cooly placed the ball in the back of the net.
Both teams continued to push the other for the remainder of the half with shots from both set of strikers but it was Truro who looked more likely to score as they took control.
As Gosport returned from the dressing room for the second half, the words of manager Alex Pike must have still been ringing in their ears. A different team from that of the first half came onto the field and dominated the game.
A goal mouth scramble gave the hosts a scare but Boro' were rewarded for all their hard work when a Ben Harding header put the boys in yellow ahead on the 64th minute.
And whilst the home fans were still celebrating, Dan Wooden turned past two players just inside the box and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
Two goals in two minutes eased the pressure on the home side and added the pressure on Truro to continue their unbeaten run on the road this season.
Alex Pike gave new signing Elliot Wheeler his debut shortly after Boro' took the lead with goal scorer Ben Harding making way.
Gosport saw out the rest of the game and continue their unbeaten start to the season and now sit third in the National League South.
It would be wrong to write a report and not mention the fantastic support from the Truro fans. Travelling almost five hours to Privett Park they were in full spirit throughout the game and after the final whistle.
There is no time for Borough to relax as they take on Hampshire rivals Basingstoke Town on Monday afternoon.

24 August 2015

Truro City 0 Bishop's Stortford 1

A lacklustre City side could have had no real complaints as they went down to their second home National League South defeat of the season at a soggy Treyew Road.
Although the final margin may have been just one goal – a spectacular strike at the start of the second half from Elliot Buchanan – the Hertfordshire visitors were worthy winners.
And City boss Steve Tully admitted his side had been second best on the day and would have to improve in they did not want to get into a relegation battle.

He added: "We looked leggy. We had no energy. To their credit they deserved their win.
"They came and did a professional job on us. There is a lot to sort out, but we will get there. We never really got going. The problem is are we going to score goals?"
The defeat dropped City to 16th in the table.
In the first half, it was the well organised visitors who made most of the running against a sluggish City side.
Keeper Martin Rice twice had to perform heroics to deny Sheldon Sellears, who then volleyed over from a Mason Walsh cross and had an effort cleared off the line.
City hardly had a shot worthy of the name and were glad to get in on level terms at the break.
But six minutes into the second period City when 1-0 down when Johnny Herd found Buchanan down the left and the striker let fly with a shot which dipped over a helpless Rice into the far corner.
City did try and press forward, but lacked ideas and conviction and there only real chance of an equaliser came in stoppage time when Matt Wright headed over from Ryan Brett's cross.
But they did not really deserve anything from the game as they were given a harsh lesson in life at this level.
TRURO CITY: Rice; White, Palmer, Farkins, Riley-Lowe; Dawson, Krac (Cooke 72), Ash (Green 60), Brett, Wright, Vassell (Yeoman 60). Subs (not used) : Pugh, McHale.
Yellow cards: Dawson, Krac, Riley-Low,
BISHOP'S STORTFORD: Lovelock; Vanderhyde, Herd, Merryfield, Lee, Allen, Sellears (Bywater 76), Church, Suarez (Thalassitis 63), Buchanan, Walsh (Ekim 81). Subs (not used): Labonne, Ekim,
Yellow cards: Vanderhyde, Allen.
Half-time: 0-0
Scorers: Buchanan (52) 0-1.
Attendance: 491.
Referee: Sam Allison

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19 August 2015

Sutton United 2 v Truro City 2

ARRAN Pugh's injury time goal rescued a point for City on a night of drama at Gander Green Lane.
After Saturday's first victory of the Vanarama National League South season against Hayes & Yeading, Steve Tully's men were moments away from a second league defeat before Pugh's intervention in the eighth minute of injury time.
It was the final twist on an incredible night in South London, which saw referee Elliott Kaye hand out seven yellow cards and two red cards.

Sutton were reduced to ten men when Shaun Cooper was sent off in the second half, and City's Isaac Vassell was shown a red card in injury time.
Tully made three changes to the side which beat Hayes, with Pugh, Ryan Brett and Craig Duff coming in for Ed Palmer, Matt Wright and Shane Krac.
And they got off to a disastrous start when Dan Fitchett gave the Us the lead after just 40 seconds.
But City were level on nine minutes. Sutton goalkeeper Ross Worner was penalised for bringing Vassell down in the box and Shane White stepped up to score his second penalty in as many games.
Just before the hour mark, however, the hosts were back in front when Fitchett grabbed his second goal of the game.
Sutton were then reduced to ten men 15 minutes from time when Collins was dismissed following a second yellow card. Kaye booking the player for taking too long to take a free kick.
There was more controversy when Vassell was red carded for diving in the box, though many felt the challenge did warrant a penalty.
But with the game into the eighth minute of injury time, Pugh pounced on an error by Worner to rescue a dramatic point.
Sutton: R Worner, D Spence, D Wishart, D Beckwith, S Cooper (Dundas), J Collins, M Spillane, G Southam, S Fleetwood, D Fitchett (Hippolyte-Patrick), R Stearn (McAllister). Subs (not used): Shaw, Wright.
Goals: Fitchett (1 & 59)
City: M Rice, S White, C Riley-Lowe, J Ash (C Cooke 73), R Farkins, A Pugh, A Dawson, R Brett, C Duff (M Wright 54), I Vassell, D Green (S Krac 73). Subs (not used): T McHale, E Palmer.
Goals: White (9 pen), Pugh (90+8).
Referee: Elliott Kaye.
Attendance: 746.

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14 August 2015

Truro City 0 v Hayes & Yeading UTD 2

An Ismael Ehui brace was enough to earn Hayes and Yeading United their first win of the season on their longest trip, despite having to see out the end of the game with just ten men for the second game in a row.

Four minutes in, Elliot Benyon had the first shot on goal, a volley from the edge of the penalty area that spun wide of the left hand post. However, Magnus Norman was called into action soon afterwards, first beating away Cody Cooke's long range effort low at his near post and then blocking Isaac Vassell's follow up before catching Cooke's deflected shot.

Truro gained territorial advantage in the opening stages, but were caught out by a superb break down the right flank with Luke Williams and Benyon combining well to advance into the area, where Ed Palmer brought Benyon down. Ismael Ehui did what he did in the previous game, confidently converting the spot kick to put United in front.

Good combative play from Jake Nicholson on his debut created United's next opening, as he won a challenge he had no right to win and Jim Fenlon clipped the ball forward for Benyon to run onto, but he dragged his shot across goal. The home side responded with a deflected Shane Krac effort which looped up onto the roof of the net, but play swung again United's way, with Ehui beating his man on the left and rolling the ball in to Benyon, his wayward effort cannoned off Connor Riley-Lowe back across goal and somehow, Nicholson and Ehui just couldn't convert from close range, thwarted by the legs of keeper Martin Rice and then leaving the loose ball to each other.

The rest of the first half passed without much more goalmouth incident, although the referee did have plenty of work to do to keep the peace as neither side were keen on shirking the physical battle in midfield.

The opening stages of the second half saw Max Worsfold shoot from long range but straight at Rice, before two Truro corners caused havoc, first Fenlon cleared Matt Wright's close range effort off the line and then Rob Farkins' header went narrowly wide.

However, just four minutes into the half, a throughball from Benyon to his strike partner Ehui put him against a sole defender and he worked the space before rifling an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner.

Play hit a lull for a long while as Truro tried to work their way back into the game but resolute defending meant they couldn't get near enough to goal. Their cause was helped by a rather harsh sending off as Harry Grant stretched for a loose ball and caught substitute Ryan Brett. Truro players reacted very angrily and surrounded the referee, who acceded to their demands and sent Grant off.

With the extra man advantage, Truro had the ascendancy and made several opportunities which just evaded their strikers in front of goal. However, United had a great chance to extend their lead as substitute Evans Kouassi wriggled free on the right and sent the ball towards Ehui but just out of his reach, he retrieved the loose ball and crossed deep to Kouassi who volleyed the ball back into the mixer, again just in front of Ehui who couldn't control the shot and sent it just wide.

Once again, Truro pressed, but again without producing anything of note in front of goal and on the break, Tom Collins burst through on goal but was denied by an excellently timed challenge before he could get a shot away.

This proved to be the last chance, as United were rewarded for their stoic defending with their first three points of the season to sent the loyal and noisy travelling band of supporters home happy.

Report by Nick Bell.
Go to http://www.hyufc.com/teams/1516reports/Truro_away.htm for line up and match stats

09 August 2015

Margate 1 Truro City 1

City began life back in National League South with a well earned draw at Margate, but were left ruing missing a second half penalty which would have given them all three points.
After an even opening 45 minutes at a sweltering Hartsdown Park, the home side took the lead early in the second half when Danny Green netted with a near post header from Nathan Green's deep cross.
But City were back on level terms 15 minutes later, when summer signing Aaron Dawson headed home from man of he match Isaac Vassell's cross.

The visitors then wasted a golden chance 11 minutes from time to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty, which saw the Kent club's David Hunt sent off for bringing down Vassell.
But Ed Palmer saw his spot kick comfortably saved by home keeper Nikki Bull diving to his left.
In a frantic finale, both sides could have stolen a winner with Coody Cooke hitting the bar for City and Ryan Moss heading against the post for Margate, but in the end honours ended even leaving the visitors to contemplate what could have been on the long trip home.
However, City boss Steve Tully was delighted with his team's display.
He said: "I was delighted with the performance and we deserved to win the game against a side with one of the biggest budgets in the league. I thought we were outstanding in the second-half and showed great spirit."
City are next in action at home to Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).
MARGATE: Bull (capt); Wilson, N Green, Hunt, Goodman, Johnson, Taylor, Taiwo (Moore 75), Moss, Jolley (Wills 82), D Green. Subs (not used): Cash, Taylor, Rents.
Red card: Hunt (79),
Yellow cards: D Green (19), B Johnson (86).
CITY: Rice; White (Brett 75), Farkins, Palmer, Riley-Lowe; Dawson,, Ash (capt), Krac (Cooke 60), Green; Vassell. Wright (Duff 83). Subs (not used): Pugh, Afful.
Yellow cards: Farkins (18), Palmer (51).
Goals: D Green (50) 1-0, Dawson (65) 1-1.
Referee: Paul Kelly
Crowd: 752.

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