16 October 2016

Truro City 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 3

City suffered another chastening afternoon before their home fans, as they were outplayed by an impressive Hampton side. Beaten 5-0 last week, City were looking for a big improvement but finished a well beaten side to stay 17th in the National League South table and six points ahead of the relegation places.
In truth, the Middlesex visitors could well have won by much bigger margin, as they dominated vast swathes of the game creating numerous openings.
City had little answer to the clever play of the pacey Hampton side who showed just why they have done so well this season, especially on the road. This was their sixth away win out of seven and they looked a very strong outfit who will be heavily involved in the chase for a play-off place.

City welcomed back Rory Fallon and Louis Rooney from international duty and Jack Smith on loan, but Rocky Neal was missing at a family wedding, while River Allen was injured in training on Thursday. Cody cooke looks likely to be out for some time as he needs a hernia operation. New signing Chris Todd was on the bench.
In the first half, City were on the back foot for much of the time with Nicke Kabamba and Christian Jolley missing early headers.
City though stuck to their task well and when the Hampton breakthrough came after 24 minutes it was one of City's own making, as a misplaced pass gave Nicke Kabamba the chance to follow up to score with a low drive after the ball ran loose.
City's only real chance of the half came when Rooney fed Ryan Brett on the right of the area and his first time shot was pushed away for a corner by Aaron Howe.
Truro though looked like going in only 1-0 down at the break, but in stoppage time Kabamba chested down a cross from the right into the path of the outstanding Jamal Lowe at the far post and he calmly rounded McHale to make it 2-0 with an assured finish. It was a kick in the stomach for the home side
After the break, City battled to try and get back into the match and had a penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who wrapped up the points after 55 minutes with Brendan Kiernan scoring from close range after some clever approach play.

To their credit, Truro kept working, with Niall Thompson having a shot saved, but it was Hampton who continued to create chances with Smith making a couple of good blocks and keeper Tom McHale also doing well.
City might have had of couple of penalties, but referee Kelly did them no favours. It was that kind of day for the home club who have now just won once at home all season.
They have another chance to improve on that dismiss record next week when Eastbourne Borough are the visitors to Treyew.

CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh (capt), Smith, Richards; Lyttle (Adelsbury 64), Knowles (Afful 64), Brett, Thompson; Fallon, Rooney. Subs (not used): Panzer, Todd, Basso.
Yellow cards: Knowles, Richards.

Hampton & Richmond Borough: Howe; Jelley, Casey, John, Gasson, Soloman (capt), Kiernan, Odamtey, Kabamba, Lowe, Jolley.
Subs (not used): Hicks, Hippolyte-Patrick, Collier, Kamara, Bishop.
Goals: Kabamba (25) 0-1, Lowe (45+2) 0-2, Kiernan (55) 0-3.

Crowd; 246.
Referee: Paul Kelly.


Truro City 0 – Dartford 5

Dartford travelled their furthest away match of the season at the weekend to play Truro City away in what would be a triumphant five goal win against the White Tigers.
Tony Burman and the team flew to Newquay airport on Saturday morning, with new loanee Goalkeeper Joe Taylor joining the squad after signing on Friday morning. Bailey Vose who was originally brought in as a replacement for Deren Ibrahim who is away on international duty, picked up an injury in Wednesday evening’s match against Cray Wanderers.
Tony switched up his team and formation once again from Wednesday’s team with Danny Harris back in the starting eleven, along with Captain Elliot Bradbrook, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Andy Pugh. Lee Noble and Ronnie Vint took their place on the bench for the start of the game along with a returning from injury Tom Wynter.
The Darts dominated the game from the off, with the opening goal falling to Keaton Wood on the fourth minute after a Dartford corner in from Ryan Hayes.
A few more chances for Dartford from Ofori-Acheampong, Harris and Pugh were testing the Truro keeper and they had to work hard to keep The Darts at bay, scrapping many of the chances out of the box as quickly as they could.
Truro tried to equalise however Joe Taylor saved all attempts with ease. The second goal for Dartford came from another cross in by Hayes which was headed in by Pugh around the half hour mark. The Darts hadn’t finished there, with Pugh taking another shot which hit the post and rebounded out to Ofori-Acheampong who turned and shot straight into the goal to make it 0-3 ahead of half time.
The second half started a little better for Truro who seemed to emerge from their half time team talk ready for battle, but it wasn’t meant to be as Dartford pushed back and attacked well at every chance.
Ofori-Acheampong and Pugh had a couple of chances wide, and eventually the fourth came from Ofori-Acheampong with a great move from Hayes who knocked the ball to Harris who was clear after yet another overlapping run for Ofori-Acheampong to clear.
Burman made two substitutions at this point, taking off Ryan Hayes and Luke Wanadio and bringing on Lee Noble and Ellis Brown.
Truro again seemed to use the fourth goal to spur them on, and they tried their best to get one goal back but Tom Bonner and Tom Gardiner cleared most of their chances away with Taylor saving all attempts on goal.
The fifth and final goal of the game came from Alex Brown after Ellis Brown had gone around the goalkeeper into a wide area and Ellis knocked it to Alex who then put the ball into the net.
Burman made his final substitution of the game with Ofori-Acheampong coming off and Ronnie Vint taking his place. This meant that Harris moved up front with Pugh to make way for Vint at the back.
The final few minutes of the match left Truro with no further chances, and they accepted defeat with The Darts winning 0-5 and keeping a clean sheet.
Tony Burman said after the game “I’ve been asking the players to get into fourth and fifth gear for a longer duration during games and on Saturday they certainly did that. I felt all round the whole day was an excellent experience and to win in the way that we did was the icing on the cake. I’d like to thank all the supporters for their efforts in travelling such a long way for a football match.”

Truro City: McHale, Bentley, Richards, Knowles, Lyttle, Pugh, Brett, Thompson, Neal, Adelsbury, Allen
Subs: Afful, Basso, Panzer, Mitchell

Dartford: Taylor, Harris, Gardiner, Bonner, Wood, Hayes, A Brown, Bradbrook, Wanadio, Ofori-Acheampong, Pugh
Subs: Noble, Vint, E Brown, Wynter, Coxall

Attendance: 464


26 September 2016

Wealdstone 1 – 2 Truro City

Truro City stole victory at Grosvenor Vale after Niall Thompson and substitute Andrew Neal’s second-half efforts cancelled out Elliot Benyon’s eleventh competitive goal of the season.
Defeat for the Stones dropped them down to ninth position and was definitely a missed opportunity as a victory could have moved them up in to the play-off places.
Captain Wes Parker returned to the starting line-up in place of Tom Hamblin. Omar Koroma and Elliott Godfrey were also in for Sahr Kabba and David Hunt. Jonny Wright returned to the bench.
The White Tigers had a great chance six minutes in when debutant Louis Rooney volleyed just over the bar from the edge of the area.
But it was Benyon who opened the scoring after a tight opening phase of the game when Matthew Whichelow played a ball over the top for the striker to easily slot past Tom McHale.
Wealdstone then went into the ascendency and struck the post when Koroma put a 25-yard free-kick over the wall.
Koroma then had a chance to double the Stones lead on the 48th minute but his shot trickled wide as the home side’s dominance continued unabated.
The Stones spent most of the second half camped on the edge of Truro’s penalty area but couldn’t create that killer chance that would put the game to bed.
And they were punished for that on 72 minutes when City hit the home side on a counter attack. Thompson evaded Ciaron Brown’s challenge and struck a venomous effort into the top corner.
Substitute Neal almost put the visitors ahead latching on to a long ball from the keeper McHale but his lobbed effort went narrowly over the crossbar.
The Stones now inexplicably looked a shadow of the side that had controlled the game so well. From similar circumstances to his earlier effort, the tricky striker Neal nipped onto another long ball before rounding Jonathan North in goal and taking three snatched points back to Cornwall.

WEALD STONE: North; Cox, Brown, McLeod-Urquhart, Parker (capt), Wellard, Godfrey, Green, Benton, Whichelow, Koroma.
Subs: Wright, Williams, Kabba, Hutchinson, McGleish.
CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh, Smith, Richards; Knowles, Brett, Allen, Thompson, Rooney. Fallon. Subs: White, Adelsbury, Afful, Neal, Basso (GK).
Referee: I Rathbone.


18 September 2016

Winchester City 4 Truro City 0 (lucky to get nil)

WINCHESTER City’s 4-0 outclassing of National League South outfit Truro might have come as a major shock to the outside world.
But after watching his lowly Southern One South & West charges storm through to the FA Cup third qualifying round with a combination of defensive composure and irresistible attacking play, contented boss Ian Saunders smiled: “We’re capable of that.
“I’ve thought that for a couple of weeks, but this is the first time we’ve had almost everyone available and it’s no coincidence that this was the day it all fell into place.
“We thoroughly deserved the win.
“We defended stoutly and got into dangerous areas.
“Being a bit critical, we could have had one or two more goals.”
Although Truro’s improved second-half performance (it could hardly have been worse) meant Saunders stopped short of calling it a "comfortable" win, there was rarely a moment's doubt that the Citizens would be going through.
Here was a side that, by rights, should have been drained of confidence, labouring third to bottom of the South & West with just one league win to their name.
Yet Winchester took the tie to Truro in scintillating fashion and, come the half-time whistle, were three goals up.
Midfield warrior Jamie Brown had already had a header cleared off the line when Howard Neighbour set up Craig Feeney to arrow a shot into the far corner after 21 minutes.
Seven minutes later, ex-AFC Totton striker Feeney turned menacingly onto the ball some 25 yards out and drove at the Truro defence. His strike proved too hot for Truro keeper Tom McHale and Joe Briggs was handily placed to slot in the rebound.
Feeney was on fire and when Taz Roberts, another star of Winchester’s attacking show, played him through on 37 minutes, the nimble No9 cleverly flicked the ball past the advancing McHale and it crossed the line despite the best efforts of Truro’s on-loan Eastleigh defender Jack Smith.
The second half was a far more even contest with Wincheste r'keeper Lewis Noice forced into a couple of smart saves and sub Matt Evans clearing Rory Fallon’s header off the line.
But the hosts still had their chances and Neighbour made one of them count on 72 minutes, finding the bottom corner with a measured 18-yard strike.
“I wouldn’t say it was a comfortable win,” said a somewhat modest Saunders afterwards. "I felt it was a high-energy, high tempo game between two equally matched sides.
“Lewis Noice had to make a couple of good saves, but you’d expect that against a side who’ve had wins and draws in the Conference South this season.
“But we’d had a real good week’s training and we carried out the game plan to the letter of the law.
“I wouldn’t want to pick a man-of-the-match because everyone played their part.”
Big defender Ross Bottomley caught the eye with a towering performance and he smiled: “We’re there as a team now and I’m pleased for Ian.
“I really like him, I think all the lads do too, and it’s been a bit of a disappointing start to the season where we've lost a few games poorly.

“That wasn’t a reflection on Ian and what he’s doing here and I’m glad we’ve got this result for him.
“His reaction when he came into the dressing room was nice to see. His mouth was very close to his ears on both sides!”

Winchester City: Lewis Noice, Joe Hayward (Matt Evans, 46), Jamie Ford, Jamie Brown, Ross Bottomley, Dan King, Joe Briggs (Sam Wilson, 81), Stuart Green, Craig Feeney, Howard Neighbour, Adam Roberts (Jason Silver, 84). Subs (not used): Ed Dryden, Jack Hannam, Ryan Holloway.
Truro City: Tom McHale, Aaron Bentley, Jamie Richards, Ollie Knowles, Jack Smith, Aaron Pugh, Ryan Brett, Niall Thompson, Andrew Neal, Ben Adelsbury, Cody Cooke (Rory Fallon, 32). Subs (not used): Shane White, Adriano Basso, Les Afful, River Allen.


15 September 2016

Truro City 0 Poole Town 0

City stretched their unbeaten National League South run to three games, but will have felt they should have taken all three points.
They had the better of the chances against their high-flying visitors and on another night would have come out on top.
But the draw took them a place up the table to 16th and five points clear of the relegation zone.


City boss Lee Hodges named an unchanged side for the third successive game for their last home league match until Dartford visit on October 8.
Thankfully the torrential rain, which was accompanied by thunder and lightning, eased before the kick before stopping all together for the crowd of just over 300.
The game began slowly, with neither keeper really tested in the opening 20 minutes, though there were promising signs for City with Ryan Brett prominent, though the final killer pass proved elusive.
After Luke Roberts shot well wide for the visitors, Niall Thompson had an effort easily held by Poole keeper Nick Hutchings.
The best chance of the half fell to City after 27 minutes, when Hutchings could not hold onto Thompson's low cross from the right, but Rocky Neal's close range effort was deflected over for a corner.
That was the closest either side got, though Neal did find the net just before the break, but Thompson had already run the ball out of play.
The main Poole threat came from free kicks, but City's defence looked very solid as the half ended goalless.
Truro began the second half well, with the influential Ollie Knowles finding Thompson down the right.
His shot from a difficult angle was parried by Hutchings, with Cooke's follow up strike cleared off the line.
For Poole, on loan AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge was just wide with a curling free-kick, but it was a rare threat from the visitors.
City continued to press, with Cooke and Ben Adelsbury both shooting wide, while a Brett free-kick was headed on by Arran Pugh before being deflected for a Brett corner, which Aaron Bentley headed wide.
A great save by Nick Hutchings then denied Cooke what would have been a deserved winner five minutes from time, but the crucial goal just would not come.
It was a good all round performance by City who looked like a real team and one that is going to be difficult to beat.
They will now hope to maintain their good form at Winchester City on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup.

CITY: McHale; Bentley, Pugh (capt), Smith, Richards; Cooke, Adelsbury, Knowles, Brett, Thompson (Afful 81), Neal.
Subs (not used): White, Fallon, Allen, Basso.
Yellow card: Knowles (41), Neal (57).
POOLE TOWN: Hutchings; Lindsay, Spetch, Walker, Whisken (capt), Gleeson, Burbidge, Devlin, Sunridge (Wort 63), Roberts (Gillespie 88), Baggie (Granger 66).
Subs (not used): Rees, Case.
Referee: Adam Ricketts.
Crowd: 302.

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12 September 2016

Oxford City 1 Truro City 1

Truro gained a useful point at Marsh Lane as they edged further away from the wrong end of the National League South table.
City boss Lee Hodges named an unchanged side from the one that beat Hungerford Town 2-0 in the week, with Brazilian keeper Adrian Basso returning on the bench.
After a goalless first half, City went ahead after 56 minutes with right back Arran Bentley scoring with a good far post header from a corner by Ryan Brett, with the home side soon leveling through a controversial Scott Davies penalty and that was how it stayed.

City boss Lee Hodges was pleased with his team's solid performance, but unhappy with the penalty awarded against Jack Smith for his challenge on Joel Ashby.
He said: "We were nice and solid and resolute. And after last week (when City lost. 6-0 at home to East Thurrock Utd) it's good to have taken four points from two games.
"It was back to basics, though the game wasn't a classic.
"It was a clean challenge by Jack, but the referee could not seem to wait to give the penalty.
"Everyone in the ground was laughing. I thought when we scored we would go on and win
".After the penalty they got a bit of a head of steam but we defended well and Tom McHale made a couple of important late saves."
The result leaves City 17th in the table four points clear of the relegation places.
They are next in action at home to Poole Town on Tuesday evening.
City: McHale; Bentley, Pugh, Smith, Richards; Thompson, Knowles, Adelsbury, Brett, Cooke, Neal. Subs: Fallon, White, Allen, Afful, Basso
Crowd: 214