20 April 2015

Truro City 3 Arlesey Town 1

City recovered from a poor first half performance – and a bizarre own goal – to power their way to victory at Treyew Road on Saturday afternoon. The White Tigers remain third in the Evo-Stik Southern premier division following second half goals from man of the match Matt Wright, substitute Cody Cooke and Ed Palmer. The home side had gone in 1-0 down at the break after Shane Krac’s attempted ball back to goalkeeper Tom McHale from just inside the Arlesey half caught the ferocious wind and deceived McHale as he raced out of his area to attempt a clearance. The ball bounced over his outstretched right leg and ended in the unguarded net. It rounded off a nightmare first half for the young goalkeeper, who was fortunate to escape a red card in the fourth minute after handling outside his area to stop Arlesey striker Jack Vasssey going clear. Referee Mark Lawrence decided a yellow card was sufficient punishment, much to the relief of City manager Steve Tully and the home supporters. The start City made to the second half suggested there had been strong words in the home dressing room at half-time, as they poured forward in search of an equaliser. It arrived in the 56th minute through the excellent Wright, who had led the line so well in difficult conditions for strikers. And ten minutes later Truro were ahead when Craig Duff’s pass to the right side of the penalty area was brought under control by substitute Cody Cooke before he fired a low shot into the far corner. Duff then crashed a close range shot against the bar as City continued to batter the Arlesey goal but their wastefulness almost cost them in the 83rd minute. Vassey, who had caused problems all match, broke clear and played in Inih Effiong who turned past a defender before smashing a right foot volley against the bar from 15 yards. From being close to being pegged back to 2-2, City secured the three points in the 89th minute with a thunderous direct free kick from Ed Palmer which gave Arlesey goalkeeper Nick Thompson no chance. Truro City: McHale, S White, R Brett, J Ash, E Palmer, A Pugh, D Green, S Krac (Afful 77), M Wright (B Hayles 77), I Vassell (C Cooke 56), C Duff. Subs not used: K Moore (gk), R Farkins. Goals: Wright (56), Cooke (66), Palmer (89). Yellow card: McHale (4). Arlesey Town: N Thompson, M Powell, L Abrahams, B Farrell (B Plumpton 85), J Sage, S Willett, C Tavernier, J Brown, I Effiong, J Vassey (K Dempsey 85), S Williams. Subs not used: P Musumbo-Tambue, D St Louis-Hamilton (gk), Z Abbey. Goal: S Krac og (45+1). Yellow card: Willett (7). Referee: Mark Lawrence (Somerset FA). Attendance: 516. Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-fight-secure-victory-struggling/story-26353587-detail/story.html#ixzz3Xr7yOfKb Follow us: @westbriton on Twitter | westbriton on Facebook

12 April 2015

Truro City 2 Corby Town 1

Tommy Wright felt Corby Town were a touch unfortunate as their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title hopes were dented at Truro City. The table-topping Steelmen slipped to a 2-1 defeat against the third-placed side, despite taking an early lead through Stephan Morley. It was a tough one to take for the Corby boss and his players after they had led by the same scoreline in the original meeting between the clubs back in January, only for the floodlights to fail with just four minutes remaining and ensuring that the game had to be replayed in full. The bad feeling between the two clubs was inflamed again on Saturday as Wright confirmed the floodlights flicked on when the 86th minute, the same time they went off in January, came around. Wright wasn’t impressed by that but, in his usual manner, made few excuses for the loss. It wasn’t all bad news for Corby, however, as second-placed Poole Town could only draw 2-2 with Hitchin Town, which means the Steelmen can still claim the title if they win at Weymouth and Poole in their final two matches. “The lights came on in the 86th minute, which was a bit of a wind up,” Wright said. “We had a few fans there and doing something like that was silly because it was always going to get a reaction. To be honest, given the rawness of the situation, it could have kicked off. “A couple of our fans went on the pitch, which shouldn’t have happened but it all stemmed from the ridiculous decision to flick the lights on. “But people know me by now. The game is done. It was tough to take but we accept it and we move on. “We went 1-0 up with a fortunate goal because their goalkeeper fumbled Steph’s free-kick into his own net. “But we have been done by one ball over the top for their first goal, although it was a very good finish, and the penalty at the end was probably a bit harsh. “It was always going to be the case that if there was anything between the two sides then it would only be one goal. “I am not going to say we did enough to win the game because we didn’t but I think a point apiece would have been fair.” The Steelmen remain four points clear of Poole, who play the first of two games in hand against Banbury United on Tuesday night, at the top of the table. Corby travel to Weymouth, who slipped out of the play-off places after losing 3-0 to Banbury at the weekend, next Saturday. TRURO CITY (4-1-3-2): McHale; White, Farkins, Palmer, Brett, Krac, Green (capt), Allen (Ash 19), Cooke (Affful 77), Wright, Duff (Vassell 65). Subs (not used): Pugh, Moore (GK). Yellow cards: Allen, Vassell. CORBY TOWN (4-2-3-1): Walker; Thomas, Anton, N'Goma, Morley, Gasgoigne (Milnes 56), Taylor (capt), Byrne, Mills, Carvalho (Wright 75), Weir-Daley. Subs (not used): Kennedy, Donkin, Hoban. Yellow cards: Gascoigne, Mills, Byrne, Milnes, Taylor. Goals: Morley (4) 0-1, Duff (56) 1-1, White (pen 87) 2-1. Man of the match: Dan Green (Truro City) Referee: Adam Penwell Attendance: 510 Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-city/story-26318047-detail/story.html#ixzz3X7LRDbJV Follow us: @westbriton on Twitter | westbriton on Facebook http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/tough-one-to-take-as-steelmen-s-hopes-are-hit-1-6684972

09 April 2015

Truro City 2 v Weymouth 0

WEYMOUTH’S hopes of securing a play-off place now hang in the balance after a 2-0 reverse against promotion rivals Truro City today. Cody Cooke and Jake Ash were on target as the hosts won in front of the biggest crowd seen at Treyew Road this season. It certainly wasn’t a game for the purists and both of the home side’s goals came from corners, one in each half. Nevertheless, the result leaves the Terras fifth in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, one point above St Neots, the team currently sitting just outside the play-offs. Boss Jason Matthews made four changes to the Weymouth side that started the 3-3 draw with Burnham. Chris Shephard, Dean Evans, Jamie Laird and Tim Sills were replaced by Jordan Copp, George Rigg, Calvin Brooks and Steve Colwell. And, as expected, it was a frantic start to a game involving two sides who could well be meeting each other in the play-offs at the end of the season. Truro’s Cooke was on the wrong end of one particularly tasty challenge in the opening few minutes, while Copp had the first glimpse of goal only to be denied by a defender’s block. Copp then fired over the top from a free-kick but with 20 minutes gone neither keeper had really been tested. And while both sets of players demonstrated plenty of endeavour, the ball spent a lot of time in the air, meaning there wasn’t much quality on show. But if anyone looked more likely to score first it was the Terras and Rigg went close when he saw an effort deflected for a corner. However, despite a decent start, the visitors went behind on the half hour. A corner taken by former Terra Shane Krac reached Matt Wright, he headed the ball back into the danger zone and Cooke smashed a shot into the roof of the net. An element of frustration began to creep into the Terras’ game and Copp received the first booking of the afternoon for dissent. Joe Wollacott needed to be on his toes to stop Truro doubling their lead, denying Ryan Brett before Wright headed wide. A clumsy foul two minutes into the second period then resulted in Brett having his name taken by referee Paul Johnson. Another ex-Weymouth man, Isaac Vassell, had already tested Brooks’ defensive skills in the first half and the visitors’ centre-half was up to the task again just after Brett’s booking. Several of the goalscoring chances in the match emanated from set-pieces and Ed Palmer, another ex-Terra, forced Wollacott to tip a scorching strike over the bar following a Truro free-kick. Yellows followed for Cooke and Rob Farkins before both sides made substitutions. Scoring opportunities were again at a premium as the half wore on. The visitors saw appeals for a penalty waved away, while at the other end Krac forced a save from Wollacott. Things became more and more tense the closer the clock got to 90 minutes and Matthews threw youngster Conor Jevon on for the closing stages in the hope of finding a leveller. But as the Terras pressed forward they were caught out at the back, and for the second time in the game the hosts scored from a corner. On this occasion, Brett swung in the cross and captain Ash rose highest to make it 2-0. Brooks was off target with a header of his own late on and that pretty much summed up Weymouth’s day. Even though Weymouth hold a game in hand over St Neots, the number of points Matthews' men have recorded in their last seven league fixtures stands at five. Having gone from a side that looked set for possible automatic promotion at Christmas, the Terras are now struggling to hold on to one of the four play-off berths. And when you look at their run-in, staying in the top five could turn out to be a very tricky task indeed. For as well as matches against Banbury and Biggleswade they have to face both Corby and Poole, the two sides challenging for that one automatic promotion spot. Meanwhile, next up for St Neots is a trip to Weymouth's neighbours Dorchester, so a helping hand from the Magpies is just what Matthews and his troops will want at the weekend. Attendance 769 H/T 0-1 Scorers Weymouth Truro City Cooke 31, Ash 83 Bookings Weymouth Copp Truro City Breet, Cooke Farkins Referee Paul Johnson http://www.theterras.co.uk/website/match-reports/2014_2015/truro_city_away.htm

05 April 2015

Redditch Utd 0 Truro City 4

City took another massive step towards clinching their place in the end of season promotion play-offs with a hugely impressive win at seventh-placed Redditch. It was their biggest away victory of the season and came courtesy of goals by Craig Duff after only 38 seconds, a Shane White penalty and late second half efforts from substitutes Cody Cooke and Isaac Vassell. With just four games to come, the win puts City, who are third, five points clear of fourth placed Weymouth, who are the visitors to Treyew Road on Easter Monday (3pm) and seven clear of St Neots Town who occupy the fifth and final play-off spot For the game, City boss Steve Tully had rang the changes, dropping Cooke, Vassell and Matt Wright to the bench, partly with an eye on Monday's crucial visit of Weymouth. He started the match himself as did Les Afful and Craig Duff. The game could hardly have started better for City as they went ahead in the opening minute with leading scorer Duff calmly rounding home keeper Sam Hornby before finding the empty net for his 19th goal of the season. And they doubled their advantage after half an hour when a Redditch player was penalised for handball and Shane White converted the spot kick. City were much the better side and well deserved their 2-0 interval lead. The home side did start the second half well, but City were generally in command. And with six minutes left they put the result beyond lingering doubt with Vassell crossing for fellow substitute Cooke to score with a diving near post header. Right on time Vassell completed an excellent day for City with a well taken fourth goal to take his season's tally to 14. Manager Tully was naturally delighted with his team's display. He said: "We had a plan and it worked. I am very pleased. We have a good squad and I wanted to freshen up things a bit today. "It was one of our best performances of the season and sets us up nicely for Weymouth on Monday. It puts the pressure on them." CITY: McHale; Tully, Ash, Palmer, Brett, White, Krac (Wright 77), Green, Allen (Cooke 65), Afful (Vassell 65), Duff. Subs (not used): Rushe. Moore. Crowd: 394 Goals: Duff (1) 0-1, White (30 pen) 0-2, Cooke (84) 0-3, Vassell (90) 0-4. Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-close-play-offs-impressive-away/story-26281444-detail/story.html#ixzz3WSPFdD00 Follow us: @westbriton on Twitter | westbriton on Facebook

29 March 2015

Truro City 0 Dunstable Town 0

City suffered a frustrating Saturday afternoon at a windswept Treyew Road as they were unable to break down a determined Dunstable side. But with other results in the Evo Stik Southern premier division largely going their way, they stay third in the table, two points clear of Weymouth who were held to a 3-3 draw at home to bottom club Burnham. In a strong wind, the game was never going to be a classic, but City will feel they had enough of the play to have taken all three points, but instead played out their first 0-0 draw of the season. The home side had their chances with Isaac Vassell their biggest threat, but he was twice denied by Charlie May in the visitors' goal and when City did get the ball in the net from Shane Krac's corner the "goal" was ruled out for a push on the keeper. City boss Steve Tully gave a first start to on-loan signing from Plymouth Argyle River Allen, with Ryan Brett coming in at left back for Danny Greenslade who has been called back by parent club Bristol Rovers. With Rob Farkins and Arran Pugh suspended, Ed Palmer returned after his ban to partner Jake Ash at the heart of the City defence. Against the wind in the first half, City had to do their share of defending, but young keeper Tom McHale was again very solid, though he will have been relieved to see Chris Marsh's far post header go just wide from a Charlie Henry cross. It was City though who were creating the better openings with Vassell volleying over from close range and then being denied by May's fingertip save. Cody Cooke also just headed over as the breakthrough would not come. In the second half, City continued to press with Vassell shooting at May who also did well to push away Brett's free-kick. Great work by sub Craig Duff set up an opening for Vassell but his close range effort flew over the bar. City thought they had broken the deadlock when Krac's corner from the left found the net, but their joy soon turned to disappointment as the linesman controversially flagged for a foul on keeper May. However, for all their pressing City could not find that precious goal and had to be content with a share of the spoils ahead of what looks like a pivotal Easter weekend at Redditch on Saturday and at home to Weymouth on Easter Monday. Speaking after the game City boss Tully said: "It was just one of those days and full credit to Dunstable. Conditions were horrible and at the end of the day, while we are disappointed not to have taken all the points, it was another point gained and other results went our way. We now have a big weekend ahead of us. "I thought Tom McHale was excellent in goal and Jake Ash and Ed Palmer did well in the defence as did Ryan Brett at left back on his return. "We move on and now look forward to Redditch on Saturday." CITY: McHale; White, Ash (capt), Palmer, Brett; Allen (Duff 53) Green, Krac, Cooke (Afful 86), Wright, Palmer. Subs (not used): Tully, Moore. Yellow cards: Vassell, Duff. DUNSTABLE TOWN: May; Bailey, Longe-King, Blackett (capt), Smith; Talbot, watkins, Henry, McKenzie-Lowe, Dixon, Marsh. Subs (not used): Jones, Pedrycz, Gardner, Fontanelle. Referee: Andrew Bennett. Crowd: 412. 0 Share6 Tweet6 Share12 Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-left-frustrated-goalless-draw-season/story-26247252-detail/story.html#ixzz3VmvhN12I Follow us: @westbriton on Twitter | westbriton on Facebook

23 March 2015

Chippenham Town 1 v Truro City 2

A robust encounter saw Truro enhance their play off credentials as they left Wiltshire with all three points CHIPPENHAM TOWN 1 2 TRURO CITY – Sat 21st March 2015 A robust encounter saw Truro enhance their play off credentials as they left Wiltshire with all three points with a goal in each half at the same time recording a league double over the Bluebirds. An early free kick, from James Guthrie, saw visiting custodian Tom McHale nervously turn the ball out for a fruitless corner. The White Tigers took the lead on six minutes when a low through ball found Isaac Vassell and he rounded Kent Kauppinen before rolling the ball home despite the attentions of two home defenders on the line. Chippenham should have equalised five minutes later when Conor McCormack's ball over the defence left Charlie Griffin with only keeper McHale to beat but he headed over the bar. The Cornish side then saw wayward efforts from Shane White and Jake Ash go way off target. Kauppinen then did well to tip over an effort from Shane Krac. After the break Griffin's headed effort was blocked as was Ashan Holgate's follow-up shot. Truro's Cody Cooke saw a 49th minute shot go high. Kauppinen then did well to deny Vassell's from close range. Truro made the game safe 20 minutes from time when Kauppinen needlessly fouled substitute Craig Duff who had his back to goal on the byline and Shane White converted the resultant penalty. The visitors survived appeals for a handball in the area on 76 minutes and two minutes later Alex Ferguson's shot was blocked. The Bluebirds pulled a goal back three minutes into stoppage time when Ferguson tucked away a low cross from the right. Chippenham: Kent Kauppinen, Conor McCormack, Greg Tindle, Matt Coupe, Jordan Roberts, Mark Preece, Alex Ferguson, Michael Pook, Charlie Griffin, Ashan Holgate, James Guthrie (Jack Odam 63) subs not used: Jon Beeden, Iain Harvey, Luke Ballinger Truro: Tom McHale, Shane White, Danny Greenslade, Jake Ash, Rob Farkins, Aaron Pugh, Dan Green (River Allen 71), Shane Krac, Matt Wright, Isaac Vassell (Ryan Brett 79), Cody Cooke (Craig Duff 68) subs not used: Edward Palmer, Les Afful Ref: Jason Richardson – Northwood Ass Refs: Paul Andrews – Feltham, Michael Smith – West Drayton