22 April 2014

Weymouth 2 v Truro City 5

Weymouth punished by hungry Tigers
By Dan Rose
WEYMOUTH'S final home game of the season petered out with a whimper, as a weak second-half showing proved the Terras’ downfall against Truro City.
In an encounter that had chances in abundance throughout, it summed up how up and down Jason Matthews’ men can be at present, as Steve Tully’s Tigers ran out winners against Weymouth for the second time in less than two weeks.
With Matthews naming an unchanged team, it didn’t take long for the same group to carry on the momentum they gained at Redditch United on Saturday, as they found the net with just three minutes gone.
A mix-up in the City defence gave Isaac Vassell the opportunity to stride down the left-hand side and square the ball to Stewart Yetton, who couldn’t miss from three yards out to give the hosts the lead.
But that advantage lasted only three minutes as Weymouth were caught out from the first corner of the contest.
After Warren Daw delivered a viscous in-swinger into the six- yard box, defender Paul Kendall was first to react to a knock down and poked home the equaliser.
And before the Terras could regroup from conceding once, the Tigers then took the lead through ex-Dorchester Town man Ben Watson, who gave his markers a torrid afternoon throughout.
Under pressure from Cody Cooke, Matthews couldn’t gather a towering high ball on the edge of his six-yard box, which allowed Watson to comfortably head his team into the lead and cap a frantic opening 10-minute spell.
It was then Cooke’s turn to attempt to grab a goal moments later as he was given space to shoot just wide of a post from 12-yards out.
But with 24 minutes gone, Weymouth responded again, and it was the Vassell and Yetton partnership that paid dividends once more.
After the former was brought down on the counter-attack by Truro’s Jake Ash, which in turn earned him a yellow card, Vassell then picked himself up and moved swiftly down the left once again to receive the ball and slide in Yetton, who snatched his second to make it 2-2.
The Terras’ top marksman then nearly claimed a first-half hat-trick after his left-footed volley on the turn went close.
Minutes later, Steve Colwell set Jake Green free down the right wing, who delivered a pinpoint cross for Vassell to meet the ball at the far post with a powerful header which cleared the crossbar.
In a highly entertaining opening period, attacks from both sides continued and but for a superb reaction stop from Matt-hews, Truro would have gone in with an advantage.
After another ex-Magpie Dan Green rifled a cross in that Michael Walker could not avoid, the Weymouth goalkeeper stuck out his right mitt on pure instinct to stop the ball ricocheting into the net. But with the first chance of the second-half, Matthews’ charges fell behind once more.
Neil Slateford, who bagged the winner when the sides met less than two weeks ago, sauntered his way through the Weymouth defence and found the bottom corner with a precise low strike, which Matthews was helpless to prevent.
And after George Rigg flashed a header over from Jake Green’s centre, the Terras gave themselves a mountain to climb thanks to some more suspect defending from set-pieces.
With the home side unable to clear another Truro delivery into the box, the ball eventually found its way to Kendall who headed into the path of Watson to notch his second strike of the afternoon on 58 minutes.
Weymouth then tried to shuffle things up in the midfield as they swapped Steve Colwell for Adam Kelly, which nearly had an instant impact on proceedings.
On his return from a hamstring injury, Kelly charged on to Michael Walker’s cushion header and hit the ball with power narrowly over.
But as the home side threw men forward in search of a reply, if anything, it was Truro who were more likely to snatch a fifth on the break, and they did just that.
Arran Pugh, another former Dorchester man, waltzed through the home side’s deflated backline and the ball fell loose for replacement Liam Eddy to nudge home a scruffy fifth and sum up the Terras’ miserable second half showing.


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.