15 October 2017

Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Truro City 2

Debutant Dan Sweeney missed a penalty with seven minutes to go and the game finely poised at 1-0 in a frustrating afternoon for the Beavers.
Sweeney had been so impressive for the duration of the game and the miss was a disappointing end to the match for the on-loan Barnet midfielder.
Two second half goals from Truro’s Noah Keats proved to be the difference in a game that Hampton dominated for large portions.
Hampton’s long unbeaten run comes to an end but there were plenty of positives in the performance for manager Alan Dowson to take.
The 14 positions in the table that separate the sides seemed to flatter the visitors as Hampton controlled possession with Sweeney in particular looking accomplished.
A relatively entertaining first half saw Hampton on top for the majority. Chances were few and far between, but the best did fall to the home side.
Truro keeper Tom McHale was definitely the busier of the two keepers saving well from Malachi Napa early on before thwarting Sweeney in the 42nd minute.
The game really came to life in the second half as both sides increased the intensity and went in search of a winner.
Max Kretzschmar looked very lively and his interplay with Christian Jolley led to the half’s first chance, as Jolley’s goal bond shot was deflected behind for a Hampton corner.
The home side increased the pressure and went close again through Marvin Morgan as a great ball into the box by Nathan Collier resulted in a goal-mouth scramble and Morgan’s tame effort being eventually cleared.
Against the run of play, Truro took the lead.
A long throw from the left-hand-side was flicked on and landed at the feet of midfielder Noah Keats who provided the finish from eight yards out low into the left hand corner of keeper Sam Howes’ goal.
This galvanised the visitors who took more of a control of the game after their opener.
Bernard Kiernan’s introduction provided Hampton with a bit more of an attacking impetus, with his direct running causing problems for the Truro defence.
As Hampton pushed further forward for an equaliser, more space was left in behind for Truro to exploit on the counter attack.
On one particular occasion a defensive mistake by Collier allowed Cody Cooke to break through and his shot was well saved by Howes.
With seven minutes to go, lively winger Napa’s cross was handled in the area by Truro left back Connor Riley-Lowe and the referee pointed to the spot.
After what seemed like an eternity, as the referee proceeded to book both Riley-Lowe and Jamie Richards, Sweeney was allowed to take it.
Unfortunately for Beavers’ fans his low shot was saved well by Truro keeper much to the delight of the travelling Truro fans.
This knocked the stuffing out of the home side who had battled hard all game to no avail.
With the clock winding down, a long ball up the pitch was taken down and excellently finished by Keats to double his tally.
His accurate shot from outside the box nestled into the same corner as his first, leaving no chance for the Hampton keeper.
A disappointing result for the side in a match that really could have gone either way. Truro were more clinical in front of goal and benefited from Tom McHale’s great day between the sticks.
Goals: Keats (60,89)
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC:
1. Samuel Howes
2. Nathan Collier
3. Joshua Casey (C)
4. Jack Cook (replaced by Crawford 84)
5. Charlie Wassmer
6. Shaun McAuley (replaced by Kiernan 65)
7. Max Kretzschmar (replaced by Moss 72)
8. Dan Sweeney
9. Christian Jolley
10. Marvin Morgan
11. Malachi Napa
12. Brendan Kiernan (on for McAuley 65)
13. Martin Brenna (GK)
14. Ryan Moss (on for Kretzschmar 72)
15. Harry Crawford (on for Cook 84)
16. Taureen Roberts
17. Enoch Soganile
18. Michael Kamara
Truro City FC:
1. Tom McHale
2. Billy Palfrey
3. Connor Riley-Lowe
4. Jamie Richards
5. Ben Gerring (C)
6. Alex Hartridge
7. Aaron Lamont
8. Noah Keats
9. Andrew Neal
10. Cody Cooke (replaced by Yetton 90)
11. River Allen (replaced by Harvey 90)
12. Chris Todd
14. Stuart Yetton (on for Cooke 90)
15. Jordan Copp
16. Tyler Harvey (on for Allen 90)
17. Niall Thompson
18. Austen Booth
Attendance: 784

08 October 2017

Truro City 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough FC 1

The unbeaten run was extended in Cornwall to 10 games as the Beavers had to accept a point in controversial circumstances at Treyew Road.In the unceasing rain, the Beavers started the brighter, and Malachi Napa's shot on 9 minutes served notice on the home support that Hampton were in no way concerned by the White Tigers winning run, keeper Tom McHale having to tip it over the bar.Hampton were just about on top as the half progressed, and just after the half hour, Bradley Hudson-Odoi latched onto the end of Marvin Morgan's pass, the shot looping onto the roof of the net.Chances were at a premium throughout the first half and Sam Howes had to be alert as he managed to keep the hosts at bay, gathering loose balls in the box on a regular basis.5 minutes before the break, Charlie Wassmer's tackle on Cody Cooke had the home support baying for blood in the shape of a red card after the defender's somewhat reckless challenge on the wet turf, but they were disappointed as the defender received only a caution.Truro had their best chance of the half right before the interval, Tyler Harvey's shot being parried by Howes, following a quick break by the White Tigers after Hampton pressure.In the early minutes of the second half, Napa's long range effort was spilled through McHale's grasp, the ball only just sliding wide of the post.On the hour, the Beavers took the lead; after a short corner routine, Josh Casey swung in a back post cross which had Cook and Wassmer queuing up to head home, Cook being the one to nod it home.This shell-shocked the crowd and Truro City had to dig into the increasingly softening pitch to try to retrieve the game.On 71 minutes, Allen pinged in a low drive that Howes could only get behind and block as the Beavers were having to defend, Wassmer and Cook having to put in massive efforts to keep the home team out.However on 78 minutes, the White Tigers were awarded what could only be called a soft decision for a penalty, Neal rather too easily falling to his knees in the crowded box after the slightest of tugs on his sleeve by Nathan Collier, which the referee deemed worthy of a spot kick.This left the red and blue shirts incensed at the perceived injustice of the decision, and after the box had been cleared, Riley-Lowe put the spot kick home, Howes not quite being able to get far enough over to reach it.Truro now had their tails up and kept pressing the Beavers defence but Cook, Wassmer and the whole team did their job manfully to make sure the Beavers departed a sodden, soggy Treyew Road with a point, and extend the unbeaten run to 10 games.


03 October 2017

Truro City 4 AFC Sudbury 1

In reality this was probably the toughest test AFC could get, not the opposition but the sheer logistics of playing a team so far away in the west of the country. However not deterred the club did the job properly and set out on Friday morning for the long coach trip and and an overnight stay in St Austell in preparation for the game. There were however several players that could not make the coach deadline and made their way to Cornwall by car. Those supporters on the coach were augmented by a number that left Sudbury at 4.45am to make their way via car, underground and train.
Unfortunately the end result was not what everyone wanted as AFC were knocked out after taking an early lead.
The weather in Truro was not as sunny as back in Suffolk as the rain poured down. Caretaker Manager Danny Laws had to make one change to his line-up with Adam Mills suspended he brought in Mekhi McKenzie, while on the bench were four of his Academy boys along with goalkeeping coach Danny Potter.
There was almost instant success for the Bostik North side as they took a fourth minute lead. The ball was crossed in and there was Tevan Allen to head the ball down and into the Truro net.
For the next fifteen minutes or so AFC had control of the tie before the home side gradually began to get more into the game. Paul Walker in the Sudbury goal pulled a great save to deny Harvey just before the half-hour mark. The rain continued to pour down as AFC held the lead before a crowd announced as 359.
The final four minutes of the half saw fortunes change, Allen had the chance to increase AFC's lead but his lob was tipped over by keeper Tom McHale before the home side levelled. A corner was headed home by Chris Todd and at the break it was all square.
The day did not get any better for'The Yellows' after the break, as the rain continued to pour and those AFC supporters behind the goal got a drenching. Louis Blake picked up a booking before Truro got in front with an individual goal from Aaron Lamont.
Julian Smith picked up a yellow card before AFC made their first change with Blake going off and Ollie Dunlop taking over. The Cornish side however continued on the front foot with the win and rain behind them. There were fifteen minutes left when Ollie Peter took over from McKenzie and a few minutes later Callum Watson made his second AFC first team appearance taking over from Joe Claridge. Alfie Carroll became AFC’s third booking of the afternoon with ten minutes of the tie left.
Truro added a third goal through Tyler Harvey six minutes from the end of normal time and right on the ninety minute mark Steward Yetton scored a fourth.
The rain was till coming down as the final whistle went and AFC were out of the 2017/18 FA Cup. The scoreline was somewhat harsh but it will stand in the record books.


25 September 2017

East Thurrock United 1 Truro City 2

Video Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850547

THE WHITE Tigers ended East Thurrock United's unbeaten start to the season and in doing so roared to the top of the Vanarama National League South table with a 2-1 victory at Rookery Hill.
We started the game well and saw plenty of the early ball, although we were restricted to few real opportunities by our hosts.
After Tyler Harvey had fired over from distance, a cross-come-shot from Aaron Lamont almost caught the home 'keeper out as it shaved the post.
The deadlock was finally broken on 21 minutes when saw sloppy defensive play by the home team presented Harvey with a chance but as the 'keeper recovered to block his effort, Noah Keats was on hand to tuck home the loose ball.
There was a definite edge creeping into the game as the opening period went on with both team showing passion, which spilled over into a melee that resulted in Ed Palmer receiving his marching orders.
With a man advantage, the hosts pushed for a leveller and they went close when Simon Peddie set up Lewis Smith who saw his strike deflected inches wide.
East Thurrock took this momentum into the start of the second half and Femi Akinwande was soon denied by Tom McHale as we had to withstand some pressed.
Our resistance was finally broken just after the hour-mark when Sam Higgins played in Smith who made it 1-1 with a neat finish.
Boosted by the goal, the home side continued to look the most likely side and had a penalty appeal waved away when the lively Smith was brought down.
Peddie went close as the clock ticked down but it was to be City who got the winning goal with two minutes left on the clock as substitute, River Allen, was sent crashing inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Connor Riley-Lowe kept a cool head to step up and fire home to give us our SEVENTH straight victory... outstanding stuff and a real credit to all involved.


22 September 2017

Truro City 2 AFC Portchester 0

Truro moved into the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hard-fought win over their Hampshire visitors at a muddy Treyew Road.
Late goals by substitutes Rocky Neal and Niall Thompson made it six league and cup wins for Lee Hodges's team, who will be hoping for another home tie in Monday's draw.
But they were made to work hard by the well-organised AFC Portchester side who play three levels below that of National League South City in the premier division of the Sydenhams Wessex League.
Thoughts were heading towards a Tuesday night replay when City at last broke the deadlock with 17 minutes left.
The goal was set up by outstanding right wing-back Billy Palfrey who broke in from the right and his cross was bundled in by Neal, as last season's top scorer came off the bench to score for the second successive game after getting the winner in the midweek 1-0 victory over Chippenham Town.
Neal then turned provider four minutes from time, when his cross was tucked away from close range by Thompson for his first goal of the season.
City boss Hodges had named an unchanged team from the one that started. Tuesday's 1-0 National League South win over Chippenham Town, but as it was an FA Cup game had the luxury of being able to name seven substitutes, though only able to use three.
City began well and Tyler Harvey was only denied by a superb save from Portchester keeper Lewis Noice, who somehow pushed his glancing header from Billy Palfrey's right wing cross onto the post.
Noice was soon in action again as he tipped a powerful Ed Palmer free-kick over the bar.
The visitors also had defender Daniel Hayes yellow carded for bringing down Cody Cooke when the City striker looked to run clear.
The Hampshire visitors though also showed they were a goal threat, with striker Bobby Scott denied by City keeper Tom McHale after being put clear.
And later in the half, Scott headed tamely straight at McHale from a cross by right back Robert Evans.
City seemed to lose their way as the half progressed and it was the visitors who would have delighted to go in 0-0 at the break.
Ben Harding flashed a volley just wide for City at the start of the second half, while at the other end McHale tipped over a long range free kick from Portchester skipper Joe Bye.
And McHale had to be at his best soon after after when Robert Evans released Scott, with the home keeper deflecting his shot for a corner.
City continued to press, with Palmer having an effort cleared off the line before Neal finally got the vital breakthrough.
Noah Keats almost made it 2-0, but his shot hit the post and Portchester defender John Warren also struck the woodwork with a header in a frantic finish.
But Thompson then ended the visitors' brave resistance with City's second and they can now look forward to a third qualifying round tie and the the chance to make club history by reaching the fourth qualifying round for the fourth time.
Truro City: McHale; Gerring (capt), Palmer, Hartridge; Palfrey, Harding, Lamont (Allen 58), Keats, Riley-Lowe; Harvey (Thompson 84), Cooke (Neal 58).
Subs (not used): Todd, Yetton, Copp, Richards.
Yellow cards: Harvey (80)
AFC Portchester: Noice; Evans, Stone (Birmingham 77), Ramsey, Warren, Hayes, Searle (Baldacchino 80), Bye (capt), Scott, Kirby, Noakes (Mason 86).
Subs (not used): Wells, Tuppen, Gregory, Scott.
Yellow cards: Hayes (10), Stone (74)

14 September 2017

Truro City 1 Chippenham Town 0

Video Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850541

Three days after their trip to Kent in the East of England, the Bluebirds were on their travels again, this time in the opposite direction to Truro City.
There a depleted Chippenham side fell to defeat in wet and windy Cornwall.
The Bluebirds were without several key players and finished the match with ten men after Andy Sandell was shown a straight red card a minute after coming off the bench.
The result saw Truro move up to second in the league whilst the Bluebirds dropped two places to fifteenth. Chippenham more than held their own in the opening forty five minutes, despite the home side winning the corner count 5-2.
However, after the interval the home side cranked up the pressure and scored the decisive goal eight minutes into the half.
On-loan Swindon Town youngster Scott Twine was instrumental in Chippenham's early attacks; he was off target with an early shot, before setting up Matt Smith who similarly failed to hit the target.
Just past the midway point a strong run by Smith saw his shot blocked by a Truro defender with appeals for hands being turned down by referee James Durson.
Truro’s main threats centred around Cody Cooke who also failed to hit the target with two early efforts.
Cooke also saw a shot blocked by the Bluebirds defence and his effort from the rebound went wide. Just before the interval Truro almost opened the scoring when a shot hit the bar.
The White Tigers scored the all important goal on fifty three minutes when half time substitute Andrew Neal, who had replaced Cooke, fired home from outside of the box.
Ten minutes from time Truro’s Noah Keats shot was blocked, whilst Chippenham’s misery was compounded two minutes from time when Sandell received a straight red card.

Chippenham: Jared Thompson, Dan Bowman (Andy Sandell 86), Nuno Felix, Mike Jones, Greg Tindle, Scott Donnelly (Josh Morgan-Williams 76), Alex Ferguson, Matt Smith, Dave Pratt, Scott Twine, James Guthrie subs not used: Zayne Alime, Jon Beeden, Sam Collier
Truro: Tom McHale, Bill Palfrey, Conor Riley-Lowe, Ed Palmer, Ben Gerring, Alex Hartridge, Aaron Lamont, Noah Keate, Tyler Harvey, Cody Cooke (Andrew Neal 46), Ben Harding subs not used: Chris Todd, Stewart Yetton, River Allen, Niall Thompson
Ref: James Durson
Ass Refs: Richard Morris, Ben Williamson
Att: 288