16 April 2014

Truro City suffer disappointing away defeat after conceding 'soft' goal (Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)

Biggleswade Town 2 Truro City 1
City were unable to make it three Calor League premier division wins in a row after making the long trip to Biggleswade’s Langford Road on Tuesday evening.
But they really should have taken something from the match against The Waders, who themselves have now won three matches on the bounce.
The game began badly for City when they went 1-0 down after nine minutes, with home skipper Craig Daniell converting a left wing cross.
But a superb strike by the impressive Cody Cooke less than two minutes later got City back on level terms and he was then unlucky with a header which hit the post midway through the half.
However, calamity struck at the other end almost immediately when Lee Allinson scored direct from a corner to give the home side what proved to be the winning goal.
In the second half, City pressed hard for an equaliser, creating several good chances but were unable to take any of them, leaving them empty handed from the 600-mile return trip.
Assistant manager Wayne Carlisle said: “It was disappointing not to take anything from the game.
“We had the opportunities and the work ethic was good, but we gave them a soft goal which in the end proved decisive.”
The result leaves City still 17th in the table ahead of their final away game of the season at Weymouth on Easter Monday.
City: Fisher; Parcell, Pugh, Ash, Daw; Afful, Green, White, Slateford; Cooke, Watson. Subs (all used): Eddy, Copp, Tully.
Goals: Daniell (9) 1-0, Cooke (10) 1-1, Allinson (24) 1-2.
City man of the match: Arran Pugh.

2014/15 League dates for your diary

The Southern Football League will commence the 2014/15 season on Saturday 9th August 2014. 
This could be seen as an earlier start however we are losing one Saturday due to Boxing Day falling on a Friday and it was considered that a Saturday match is far better than an additional midweek. The total number of Saturdays is 38 for the season.
The end date will be Saturday 25th April 2015.
The play-off Semi-Finals will be w/c 27th April 2015.
The play-off Finals will be on Monday 4th May 2015.

13 April 2014

Dan Green's goal gives Truro City second successive victory (West Briton)

Bedford Town 0 Truro City 1

A goal by man of the match and skipper for the day Dan Green, gave City all three points at already relegated Bedford Town, who had won their previous three matches.
It was a well deserved win for the visitors, who assured their Calor League premier division status for next season in midweek.

And it was enough to move them one place up to the table to 16th with three games of the season left to play.

Steve Tully, whose appointment as manager for next season was confirmed after the midweek win against Weymouth, was pleased with the victory.

He said: “It was a workmanlike performance. We created lots of chances and I think they had only one real effort on goal.

“We worked hard and kept a clean sheet, which is pleasing but there is still plenty of work to do.”

The game’s only goal came on the hour when Green fired home from the edge of the area after Cody Cooke’s shot had been blocked.

And the visitors saw the game out to complete a second successive win and will be looking for make it three in a row when they visit Biggleswade Town on Tuesday evening.

City: Fisher; Parcell, ash, Pugh, Daw; Afful, Green (capt), White, Slateford; Cooke, Watson. Subs: Eddy, Tully, Copp.
Goal: Green (60) 0-1.
Crowd: 216.

10 April 2014

New Truro City boss would 'love' return of Yetton to Treyew Road

Steve Tully wants Truro City’s highly accomplished performance in beating Weymouth 2-1 on Tuesday evening, to become the benchmark for his team after being confirmed as the Tigers’ boss for next season by club chairman Pete Masters following the game.
The former Exeter City and Torquay United defender also revealed he will try and tempt City scoring legend Stewart Yetton back to Treyew Road for next season.
Yetts in a new boxing guise!

Yetton, who scored 226 goals for City in 316 games, gave new club Weymouth the lead against his former team, before Les Afful and Neil Slateford goals earned City the win which ended any lingering fears of relegation.
With the club’s status secure, Mr Masters wasted no time in announcing to me that he saw Tully and his assistant Wayne Carlisle as the men to take the club forward and drive a return to Conference football.
Delighted to be given the job, Tully said of Yetton: “If he was playing for us tonight he would have had ten. He is a goalscorer and everyone knows he loves the club. I would love to have him back.”
Tully has already started planning for next season and with four games left to play said the squad were playing for new contracts.
He added: “They have got to prove to me and Wayne they want to be here next season. They have got to play as if their lives depended on it.
“Tonight was the benchmark of how we want the team to play. It has taken six games, but they are now buying into what we want. As well as some good attacking football, we showed a resilience, which we have not showed too often this season.
“It was a proper team performance. It is what we expect. Saturday (against Chippenham) was well below that. Everyone put in a shift. It was chalk and cheese.”
City are in action at relegated Bedford Town on Saturday and then at Biggleswade on Tuesday. Paul Kendall misses both matches through suspension, but Jake Ash returns.

09 April 2014

A terrific turnaround by the Tigers from Saturday! (by Jacob Englefield)

A well deserved win ensures Southern League Premier football next season as Steve Tully is confirmed as manager for 2014-15
Match report from Jacob Englefield

It was a miserable return to Treyew Road for some former players on a wonderful Tuesday evening as Truro City secured safety for next season in the Calor League Southern Premier Division with a 2-1 victory against Weymouth. The Terras handed starts to Stewart Yetton, Isaac Vassell and Adam Kelly with Scott Walker and Barry McConnell on the replacements bench.

Weymouth took the lead early on with a Stewart Yetton goal, Truro managed to get right back into the game but didn't manage to equalize until half way through the half when Les Afful scored a header at the near post. Truro then scored what proved to be the winner towards the end of the 1st half when Neil Slateford managed to get the ball 25 yards out, fooled a couple of Weymouth defenders with his trickery and managed to strike the ball into the right hand side of the goal.

It was a quiet first five minutes of the game with no chances created by either side. However, in the 9th minute it was Weymouth who managed to take the lead and shocked the home fans when Isaac Vassell managed to go down the left hand side, have a shot that hit the woodwork but fell to the prolific striker Stewart Yetton, taking his league tally to 24 for the season.

Truro then managed to create the first real opportunity of the game in the 17th minute of the game when there was some nice passing down the right hand side, Cody Cooke then delivered a ball to the back post where Neil Slateford was waiting, only for the winger to put the ball wide.

City then managed to create another opportunity four minutes later when Cody Cooke played a 1-2 with Dan Green and hit a shot to Jason Matthews right which the Weymouth keeper managed to parry away from the goal.

It was in the 24th minute that Truro managed to get that equalizer they deserved when midfielder Jamie Lowry took a free kick from half way which was hit towards the back post, Aaron Pugh headed the ball towards goal where Les Afful was waiting to hit a diving header low to Matthews right and into the back of the net, much to the delight of the home faithful.

A quiet 15 minute period followed and it wasn't until the 40th minute that Truro scored their 2nd and what ended up being the winner when the ball fell to Neil Slateford 25 yards out. What followed was something special as he managed to produce a little bit of trickery that fooled a couple of Weymouth defenders, putting the ball on his right foot he smashed the ball into the net giving Matthews no chance.

Into the second half, a pleasing one for Truro as they managed to create opportunities, stay solid at the back and never really look like conceding, something that we haven't seen this season.

Weymouth's only chance of the half came in the 57th minute, Isaac Vassell who was busy all the night down his left wing managed to outwit youngster Micky Parcell, hit a cross over to the far post towards Stewart Yetton, and when you thought he was going to score he headed the ball low with little power to Grant Fisher's left, which fell safely into his hands. The only work he really had to do in the second 45 minutes.

Truro had their fair share of chances, some they really should have taken. Ben Watson and Liam Eddy were brought on in attack, and you could see the added influence they both had on the outcome of the game, securing Truro's victory. Both holding the ball up well and adding a lot of extra energy.

The last bit of action came at the end of the game, where Weymouth full back Jake Green was given his marching orders by referee Ian Roberts for apparently foul and abusive language towards.

A couple of minutes later, after Liam Eddy had missed a sitter, Roberts then brought an end to what was an entertaining game of football at Treyew Road.

Truro: Fisher, Parcell, Daw, Kendall, Pugh, White, Green, J Lowry, Afful, Cooke, Slateford
Subs: Watson, Copp, Berrow, Eddy.

Weymouth: Matthews, Sharpe, Green, Coldwell, Hutchings, Richards, Kelly, Jagger-Cane, Yetton, Riggs, Vassell.
Subs: Poole, Ford, S Walker, M Walker, McConnell.

Referee: Ian Roberts
Assistant Referees: Martin Ault and Lee Dudman.

Att : 346

Truro City ensure league survival and Tully confirmed as manager for next season (By Rhod Mitchell)

Truro City 2 Weymouth 1

It was a big night, both on an off the pitch for City, as they earned the win which secured their Calor League premier division status, which was followed by the news that Steve Tully will be in charge at Treyew Road next season.

Chairman Pete Masters confirmed to me after the match that Tully would be continuing as City boss next season after replacing the sacked Steve Massey with ten games of the campaign left.

Tonight’s well deserved win, courtesy of first half goals from Les Afful and Neil Slateford, after former City favourite Stewart Yetton had given the Dorset side an early lead, was only the second under Tully.

But the City chairman has obviously seen enough to give the former Exeter City and Torquay United defender the job permanently, a decision which has delighted Tully and assistant Wayne Carlisle.

And after Saturday’s poor performance in losing to Chippenham Town 3-1 at home, it was a remarkable turnaround.

The game had started disastrously for City as a cross from the left by former City player Isaac Vassell deceived Grant Fisher in the home goal hitting the bar and fell kindly for former City favourite Stewart Yetton the easiest of finishes for his 26th league goal of the season with only eight minutes gone.

But the home side quickly recovered their composure, producing some fine attacking football.

And they deservedly equalised after 23 minutes when a deep Jamie Lowry free kick was headed back by Arran Pugh for Les Afful to score with a stooping header at the near post.

City continued to push forward and deservedly took the lead just before half time with a rasping left footed Neil Slateford drive into the roof of the net.

And in the second half, City should really have added further goals as they continued to take the game to a Weymouth side who were second best for much of the half.

City squandered several great chances to make the game safe and were indebted to keeper Grant Fisher for a couple of smart saves to deny Yetton, to ensure a priceless three points.

The visitors ended the match with ten men after Jake Green was sent off late on apparently for comments made to the assistant, but by then they were a beaten side.
The win, coupled with AFC Totton losing 3-0 at home to Redditch Utd, meant City are safe from the drop.

And with more performances like this City fans will dream of being much higher up the table next season.

CITY: Fisher; Parcell, Kendall (capt), Pugh, Daw; Lowry, Green, White, Slateford (Watson 66); Cooke (Eddy 77), Afful. Sub (not used): Berrow, Copp.

Yellow cards: White (54), Lowry (65), Green (80).

WEYMOUTH: Matthews; Sharpe (Ford 74), Colwill, Hutchings, Kelly (Poole 87), Jagger-Cane (S Walker 62), Yetton (capt), Riggs, Vassell. Subs (not used): McConnell, M Walker.

Yellow cards: Jagger-Cane (23), Green (80), Riggs (88).
Red card: Green (87).
Goals: Yetton (8) 0-1, Afful (24) 1-1, Slateford (41) 2-1.
Referee: Ian Roberts (Redruth).
Crowd: 346.