20 April 2018

Truro City 2 Hungerford Town 1

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3174142

THE WHITE Tigers battled out a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Hungerford Town on what was a positive day for the club.
The opening exchanges were evenly-matched as both sides looked to get into their stride. Our first effort came from Cody Cooke whose strike was straight at the ‘keeper.
As we started to get a foothold in the game, Aaron Lamont fizzed an effort just wide before Cooke was just off target with another strike.
At the other end our visitors created an opening for Leigh-Gilchrist put his effort hit the side-netting.
After Tyler Harvey was forced out of the action through injury, we continued to press with Rocky Neal added to the forward-line but we were finding our visitors in stubborn mood.
There was a let-off for our visitors when a neat move saw Neal presented with a chance and his flicked effort hit the inside of the post before bouncing into the arms of the grateful ‘keeper.
With five minutes to go until the break, there was another injury concern for The White Tigers when Cooke limped off to be replaced by Niall Thompson.
The opening period ended goalless as we saw more of the ball without finding a breakthrough.
We started the second half in a positive fashion but continued to find our opponents in stubborn mood.
The breakthrough finally arrived on 56 minutes when we won a penalty, the 16th that our visitors have conceded this season, and Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up to convert.
Rather than let their heads drop, Hungerford used the disappointment of going a goal behind to galvanise them and they started to pose a few questions.
It was a nervy closing to the game as we battled to hold on to our single-goal lead until Thompson bagged a crucial second goal with just over ten minutes to go when he broke down the left before cutting inside and firing home.
As the clock ticked down, Thompson went close to grabbing his second of the evening when he effort flashed just wide of the target.
In stoppage time, the visitors managed to pull a goal back through Lynch to reduce the arrears but it was too little, too late as we held on to claim a hard-earned three points.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Harvey (Neal), Cooke (Thompson), Harding (Hartridge). Subs not used: Copp, Keats.
GOAL(S): Riley-Lowe, Thompson


16 April 2018

Chippenham Town 2 Truro City 0

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850854

CHIPPENHAM Town boss Mark Collier says the Bluebirds are full of confidence after seeing off play-off candidates Truro City 2-0 at Hardenhuish Park.
The 2-0 home win was their seventh in their last nine outings, as Chippenham continue to strengthen their grip on National League South survival.
In the first half it was a fairly even contest and looked as if neither team would break the deadlock before going into the interval.
However, veteran Town striker Andy Sandell had other ideas as he put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time.
The second instalment saw Chippenham dominate but fail to make the most of their ascendency until the 84th minute, when Mike Jones sealed the win for Collier's side.
The result leaves Chippenham 14th in the league standings and almost guarantees National League football for the Bluebirds next season.
"It was a very good result and I reminded the players before the game that we haven't lost at home to any of the teams in the top eight," said Collier, whose side now cannot finish in the bottom three.
"That was going to stand us in good stead, even though Truro were coming to us in good form, and could have moved up to third place if they'd have won. They almost have a play-off spot secured.
"The first half was tight and cagey, having said that, (goalkeeper) Jared Thompson made some very good saves from Truro's front two but we had a few decent chances as well.
"Five minutes before the break I said to (assistant) Gary Horgan that I would be happy to go in with the score being 0-0 because the game always changes in the second half.
"Then suddenly we are 1-0 up as Nick McCootie played in Sandell, who was able to finish in style.
"Then our whole team talk changed because we were a goal in front. it was a great time to score."
Collier's starting XI also showed some deviation from what some may have expected as he looks to experiment with his squad until the end of the season.
"We played Jon Beeden at left wing back because we thought he could do a job there, then we had Dean Evans playing slightly out of position as a right wing-back," he added.
"Beeden hasn't played as a left wing-back before, so there is an option there and he has done well for himself and McCootie played up front with Sandell for the first time too, so we had a little change up top too."


13 April 2018

Truro City 2 Concord Rangers 0

There was a dream start for The White Tigers when straight from kick-off an inviting cross from the left by Connor Riley-Lowe found the head of Cody Cooke who made no mistake.The opening goal came within the opening 20 seconds but the visitors looked to get back into the game straight away with a couple of half-chances that came to nothing.An effort from Tyler Harvey took a deflection which forced a good save out of the visitors’ ‘keeper as we looked to double our advantage.We were looking the most likely side as the half went on and we managed to double our advantage on 27 minutes when Ed Palmer curled home a free-kick with much aplomb to give the ‘keeper no chance.The White Tigers always looked in control during the opening period as we played with plenty of endeavour and determination without creating too many further scoring opportunities.There was a half-chance for the visitors on the stroke of half-time when Knight’s header was easily gathered by Tom McHale as we took a two-goal advantage into the second period.It was a bright start to the second half from The White Tigers with some nice passages of play and our first sight of goal saw Cooke draw a smart save from the ‘keeper.There were chances at either end as Harvey went close as he lifted the ball just over. We were looking solid as a unit to keep our opponents at bay despite their best efforts.As we entered the final 20 minutes, a free-kick from the visitors found the head of Knight who was off target as Concord enjoyed a spell of pressure as they searched for a way back into the game.Ben Gerring was forced out of the action late on as we held our two-goal advantage and secured a precious three points.WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring (Hartridge), Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Harvey (Neal), Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Copp, Keats, Thompson.

BOOKING(S): Harvey
GOAL(S): Cooke, Palmer


09 April 2018

Truro City 1 East Thurrock United 2

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850848

A SAM Higgins double helped East Thurrock United upset play-off hopefuls Truro City to move onto 50 points for the season.
Rocks were up against a side gunning for promotion from the National League South this season but, despite securing their league status, were not heading south to go through the motions.
The away side broke the deadlock midway through the first half and it was little surprise that it was division top scorer Higgins that got it.
The striker finished well to take advantage of some hesitant home defending to put Rocks in charge and they were to take an even more commanding lead into the second half.
After Ryan Scott was denied a second goal in as many matches thanks to an alert save by Tom McHale, Higgins doubled the advantage.
A long ball was picked up by the striker and he blasted into the goal before half-time.
Truro improved after half-time, Cody Cooke was denied a goal by the offside flag and Andrew Neal headed over.
Tyler Harvey set up a nervy finish when he scored from the penalty spot – but it wasn’t to be enough.
East Thurrock United: Lidakevicius, Sammons (Christou 74), Harris, Wright, Darling, Clark, Phipps (Agyemang 66), Peddie, Higgins, Cornhill, Scott (Honesty 81)


01 April 2018

Truro City 3 Hemel Hempstead 3

Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850826

THE WHITE Tigers came from behind three times to share the spoils with Hemel Hempstead Town in an entertaining Good Friday clash at Treyew Road.
It was a purposeful start to the proceedings for The White Tigers as a teasing cross from Niall Thompson was dealt with by the ‘keeper, whilst at the other end, a free-kick from Parkes failed to trouble Tom McHale too much.
As the visitors started to get into their stride, a slip by Ed Palmer almost let in Sanchez-Watt but his cross into the danger zone was gathered by an alert McHale.
The deadlock was eventually broken on the quarter-hour mark when a ball in from the left by Oliyide found its way beyond the reach of McHale as Moyo made his presence felt.
With the bit between their teeth, our opponents pushed for an instant second as we were forced to defend in numbers to clear the danger.
Despite finding ourselves under increasing pressure, we managed to find a leveller when the ball broke loose just inside the area and loan man, Tom Owen-Evans, was on hand to guide the ball home with his left foot.
As you would expect from a game involving two teams so close together in the table, it was proving to be an end-to-end affair as Owen-Evans went close for The White Tigers before shortly afterwards at the other end, Jamie Richards did well to deny the lively Oliyide.
It was developing into an entertaining encounter as the opening period went on. The visitors managed to regain the lead seven minutes from the break when Moyo was on hand to head the ball home to make it 2-1 following a free-kick from Parkes.
With half-time approaching we grabbed another equaliser when Owen-Evans did well to carve out a chance for Jordan Copp who made no mistake as he slotted home as both teams went in at the break on level terms.
There was a cagey opening to the second half. A free-kick from Connor Riley-Lowe crept just wide of the target as we looked to get our noses in front for the first time in the game.
We fell behind for the third time in the afternoon on 65 minutes when Oliyide found the net at the second attempt after McHale saved his initial effort to make it 3-2.
As the clock ticked down we pressed for the leveller but also had to be wary of the threat of our opponents on the break.
A late corner from Riley-Lowe caused all kinds of problems inside the opposition area and as the ball was only half-cleared, a strike from the edge of the area flew just over.
There was drama in stoppage time when Tyler Harvey found himself in the right place at the right time to guide the ball home and break Hemel Hempstead hearts to make it 3-3!
It was a fitting end to what had been an enthralling contest as both sides shared the spoils.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer (Neal), Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Keats), Copp (Harvey), Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Hartridge, Palfrey.
GOAL(S): Owen-Evans, Copp, Harvey

25 March 2018

Eastbourne Borough 1 Truro City 3

See Match Highlights Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnBExpYTP54

In the United States, Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd. At Priory Lane, it is any given Saturday. Yet again, Eastbourne Borough under-performed at home in front of their long-suffering supporters, as Truro City rode away with three National South points and a 3-1 victory.
Borough's dreadful home record still leaves them nervously close to the drop zone, while City, eager and physically strong, have now won four on the spin, and are looking as good a bet as any other club in the wide-open play-off race. A post-match glance at other results gave some relief for the Sports: with Whitehawk and Bognor all but relegated, six clubs including Borough are "contesting" the final relegation place, and only Chippenham picked up points.
Frustrations with the final score aside, it was not a bad game. City's gruelling journey was rewarded not only with the result but with a generous Priory Lane welcome - including the new tradition of a second-half tannoy announcement and a warm round of applause right around the ground, for the White Tigers squad and their followers.
Individual Borough performances were modest rather than dreadful. Positioning seemed to catch Smith out on the goals; Jim Haran was the best of a back line which, ironically, had a relatively quiet afternoon; and further forward, the finishing rather than the approach work was the problem, at least at first glance.
Tactically, Borough need to work out how to tackle nine-man defences via ten-man attacks. Edwards, Pickering and in a late cameo Hendon were sometimes joining in porposefully from the full-back positions, but the supply to the strikers – themselves surrounded by defenders built like security guards – needs somehow to be cuter. There are reasons why the Sports are more potent away from home.
Borough did win the count of scoring chances by more than three to one – the reverse of the actual scoreline. But the White Tigers pounced with deadly effect in a curious match, after Eastbourne had dominated the opening stages.
The Sports could have been out of sight by the half-hour mark. They dominated the ball early on, and on 14 minutes Lloyd Dawes with a fifty yard dash sweetly set up Yemi Odubade, whose shot across keeper Tom McHale found the bottom corner.
McHale then saved fabulously from Jamie Taylor, and Dawes fizzed one just wide from a perfect position (although in fairness it was a chance he created himself, despite being tugged back illegally by centre-back Ed Palmer). Odubade's curler didn't curl quite enough and missed the top corner by inches, and Gavin McCallum's slicing run and goalbound strike was blocked for a corner.
But Truro struck lethally twice in four minutes. Tom Owen-Evans caught the home defence flat, superbly lobbing keeper Mark Smith for the 31st minute equaliser. Then from a corner Smith point-blank saved Owen-Evans' header but Jamie Richards smashed the loose ball in after some frantic pinball. And just six minutes after the break Cody Cooke caught Borough cold from a quick throw-in and a smart assist from midfield to make it 3-1.
It was to be City's last scoring chance of the afternoon, but they had done enough. The home side pressed and pressed, with strong leadership from Kane Wills and relentless running from Sergio Torres, but the damage had been done and – like so many other Priory Lane visitors – the mountainous City defenders were strong enough and canny enough to keep Borough at a safe distance.
There were glimpses of goal, but blunt or wayward finishing cost the Sports dear. Odubade, McCallum and substitute Shaun Okojie all came close, and when the effervescent Taylor pinged a final volley just wide from a dazzling build-up, the Priory Lane faithful gave a collective sigh: Groundhog Day all over again.
Borough: Smith; Pickering, Haran (Hendon 81), Ransom, Edwards; Taylor, Wills, Torres, McCallum; Dawes (Harris 53), Odubade (Okojie 67). Unused subs: Simpemba, Khinda-John.
Referee: a cheerfully competent Lloyd Wood - a little lenient in some eyes, but Lloyd kept the game flowing.
Att: 465
Borough MoM: a tough call. Jimmy Haran got a lot right, JT was tirelessly prompting. Gavin claimed the sponsors' bubbly. Kane Wills – battling for the cause - edges it for the press officer....