12 February 2017

Bath City 4 Truro City 0

Bath City went from almost letting slip a leveller to routing Truro City in the space of 17 frenetic second-half minutes.
A goal to the good courtesy of Axel Andresson's first-period penalty, the Romans centre-half gave up one to the visitors himself in the closing stages.
But he was left owing goalkeeper Max O'Leary a drink or two, as the goalkeeper kept out fouled party Niall Thompson's penalty to spark City back into life.

And within a flash the advantage was doubled through Billy Murphy before Andy Watkins closed out the game with a quickfire brace to reach double-figures on the season.
With the result, City totted up their third straight win and made it seven games without defeat.

The struggling visitors, who had already conceded five at Hungerford Town on Monday night, were rarely given a sniff in a fairly lifeless first period.
Watkins linked up with Marvin Morgan early in the piece and had the opening shot blocked out as the Romans looked liveliest from the off.
The ball only spent time on the ground sporadically as both sides failed to take full control of the game.
But defensively-mind Truro, playing with a three-man defence, would create only one half-decent shooting opportunity by the break.
Gradually City grew into the game, although without testing visiting keeper Martin Rice.
Frankie Artus fired over, before an excellent midfield turn from Murphy set George Rigg away down the right and clear to whip a cross over.
It took two bites to get a ball in, his second delivery just too high for McCoulsky to get on top of.
Watkins also failed to hit the target after excellent build-up from Nick McCootie, who rode a challenge, burst to the byline and slipped in a low ball the top scorer could only send into the side-netting.
The penalty decision itself was somewhat innocuous as Artus' volley bounced into the ground and back up at Arran Pugh.
Referee Will Finnie was nevertheless happy to point to the spot, with Axel confidently slotting the ball just out of Rice's reach.
More excellent approach play from the hosts came and went unrewarded, the Truro defence regularly scrambling, but their custodian only called into action to punch clear a Watkins cross and keep out a tame McCootie dig.
All Truro could muster by the break was a rangy hammer from Connor Riley-Lowe, from a sweeping Tyler Harvey pass, that sailed into the depths of the Bristol End.
There was little change come the second half as City immediately went on the front foot.
Rice slashed a terrible clearance behind for a corner, from which McCoulsky flicked a header past the far post.
Artus blazed over the crossbar from a presentable 15-yards out, having latched onto a deft Morgan dink over the last defender.
Eventually Truro began to rally and force the hosts backwards, with ex-Roman Ben Adelsbury forcing O'Leary into a sprawling save with a header at a corner.

The fouled party stepped up to take the penalty himself and sent it straight down the middle, and low, for O'Leary to save and smother.
That spurred City to get back on track and make the final result comfortable and they got the second when Murphy's long-range effort deflected past a wrong-footed Rice.
The next soon arrived as Watkins jagged in from the left flank, exchanged a lightning-quick one-two with McCootie and slotted in.
Rice made a double save to keep City at bay as he parried a McCootie strike out to McCoulsky before faintly touching the follow-up header wide.
In the end there was no denying the Romans number four. Artus found Watkins in acres of space on the left with a perfect cross-field ball to net his tenth of the season and round off the scoring.

Bath City: O'Leary; Rigg, Batten, Andresson, Welch-Hayes, Artus, Watkins, Murphy, McCootie, Morgan (Hemmings 77), McCoulsky (Hunter 90+2).
Subs not used: Hutchinson, Simpson, Diallo.

Truro City: Rice; Adelsbury, Richards, Riley-Lowe, Bentley, Pugh, Knowles, Harvey, Neal (Thompson 63), Smith (Yetton 80), Allen (Byrne 63).
Subs not used: Brett, Booth.

Referee: Will Finnie.
Attendance: 543.
Chronicle star man: Max O'Leary.

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07 February 2017

Hungerford Town 5 Truro City 0

City suffered a miserable night in West Berkshire as they went down to a sixth National League South defeat in seven games. A Stefan Brown hat-trick and goals from Luke Williams and Warren Bentley eased the in-form home side to a victory at a very wet Bulpit Lane, which moved The Crusaders into fourth place in the table.
But the defeat, City's eighth on the road this season, saw them remain 17th in the table, just five points off the relegation places ahead of this Saturday's trip to ninth-placed Bath City.
Manager Lee Hodges gave a start to Connor Riley-Lowe, who has returned to the club on a second loan spell from Exeter City. But on a very heavy pitch with the rain pouring down, City soon found themselves 1-0 down with Williams scoring after seven minutes and further goals by Bentley (33) and Brown (45) put the game virtually out of sight as the home side went in 3-0 up at the break.

A Brown penalty soon made it 4-0 and he went on to complete his hat-trick a minute from time, to round off an awful night for the visitors who have now conceded 64 goals, the worst record in the league, apart from Gosport Borough who have let in one more.
CITY: Rice; Adelsbury Richards, Pugh, Bentley, Riley-Lowe, Thompson, Sole, Allen, Brett, Neal.
Subs: Afful, Smith, Todd, Knowles, Williams
Referee: Richard Hulme.
Crowd 266:


30 January 2017

Chelmsford City 2-0 Truro City

Chelmsford City geared up perfectly for this Saturday's FA Trophy test at Tranmere Rovers with a 2-0 win at home to Truro City.
The Clarets answered manager Rod Stringer's call to put their defeat at Ebbsfleet United behind them quickly by beating the White Tigers, as second half goals from Elliott Buchanan and Shaun Jeffers sealed victory for the Clarets.
Stringer made four changes from the Ebbsfleet match, with Danny Blanchett, Elliott Buchanan, Shaun Jeffers and Kane Haysman coming in for Matt Young, Chris Dickson, Max Cornhill and Bagasan Graham.
The hosts had the first chance of the half when Robbie Willmott saw his effort from a tight angle deflected out.
The next opportunity fell to the visitors, but a superbly-timed challenge from Mark Haines made sure that Niall Thompson could not supply a cross.
Thompson was involved again, when the speedy striker beat the offside trap to follow a long-ball, but his lobbed effort went wide after he spotted Ross Fitzsimons off his line.
The tactical tweak had its effect when the Clarets should have broken the deadlock. Buchanan's driven cross smacked into Jeffers, who had plenty of space at the far post, but the ball dropped just wide of the upright.
Chelmsford had loud claims for a penalty waved away when Haines' low drive hit the post before Jeffers was bundled over inside the area.
The Clarets began the second half in opposite fashion to the first, and their quick start quickly troubled the visitors but Church's rapid cross evaded Jeffers.

However, soon after City went ahead as Buchanan volleyed home Willmott's cross on 50 minutes.
The striker almost added a second as he darted between two Truro defenders, but he dragged his effort wide.
The visitors had a golden chance to equalise when Thompson squeezed his way into space on the by-line, however, his final touch knocked the ball out of play.
The fast-paced action continued in the final quarter of the game when Thompson drilled a cross past Fitzsimons but no one could tap it home.
But the result was put beyond doubt with ten minutes to go as Jeffers' shot ricocheted off Pugh before beating keeper Martin Rice.

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09 January 2017

Truro City 3-2 Oxford City

A late City rally came too late to earn a point in Cornwall, as Truro clung on to a 3-2 victory. City came into the game having lost James Roberts and Robbie Cundy back to Oxford United at the end of their loan spells. This therefore prompted two enforced changes; Godfrey Poku replaced Cundy at centre half, and Tom Winters came in for Roberts out on the wing.
Truro started the game in the ascendancy, taking just three minutes to open the scoring, Ryan Brett receiving the ball on the left hand side of the box and smashing home confidently across Ty Belford’s goal. City then attempted to gain a foothold in the game, Tom Winters attempting a very tricky lob over ‘keeper Martin Rice, who had left his line, only managing to fire well over the bar.
Truro remained on the front foot however, a free kick from wide nearly finding Belford’s bottom corner after floating through several bodies, the City stopper pulling out a save at the last to prevent them doubling the lead. The resulting corner did see the White Tigers grab a second goal. On 15 minutes, a loose ball in the six yard box was bundled over the line by Andrew Neal, leaving City with an uphill struggle to save the game.
For the remainder of the first half, City generally held the majority of the territory and possession. A cross field ball from Josh Ashby to find Winters was a clear highlight, however a mix of wasteful attacking and a very organised Truro defence meant the hosts went into the break 2-0 up.
City started the second half as they ended the first, getting in and around the Truro box without success, this however leaving City vulnerable to the counter attack. Truro made the most of this in the 52nd minute, a run up the left wing seeing a ball find Dan Smith around the penalty spot, to slot home to put the hosts 3-0 up.
This prompted a reaction from City boss Mark Jones, who made a triple substitution after an hour, with Scott Davies, Stephane Ngamvoulou and Winters making way for Shaun MacAuley, Mike Fondop and Matt Peake-Pijnen. The latter almost made an immediate impact, getting the ball on the left and driving a ball across goal prompting an excellent clearing header which was put out for a City corner.
City were rewarded for their pressure in the 64th minute, Fondop getting on the end of a Lee Henderson ball and finding MacAuley with his back to goal. With a moment of magic, MacAuley flicked the ball through the legs of both a defender and the unsighted ‘keeper Rice to pull a goal back for City. The Hoops continued to pile the pressure on for the remaining half an hour, and whilst a few scares saw Truro break, it thankfully came to nothing, and City pulled another back in the 90th minute.
Jefferson Louis was chopped down outside the box to the left, and a whipped free kick from Peake-Pijnen found the head of Fondop who nodded it just out of reach of Rice to make it 3-2 with 5 added minutes left. City piled men forward for the remaining minutes; a half appeal for a penalty was turned down by referee Sam Purkiss, and another chance across goal ended up in the grateful arms of Rice. But time was running out and the referee soon blew up, leaving City to rue missed opportunities.
Josh Ashby was named Supporters Man of the Match after the game, for an energetic performance in midfield, and the three substitutes, Matt Peake-Pijnen, Shaun MacAuley and Mike Fondop all played their part in a spirited fight back in the last 30 minutes.
Oxford City Manager, Mark Jones, was disappointed with how The Hoops started the game:
"Overall a disappointing result for us, obviously a very very poor start to the game which really hampered us. You can't afford to be 2-0 down after 15 minutes away from home and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb."
"We dominated possession - we probably had close to 70% possession throughout the game - but I don't think we really did enough with it. The performance was littered with mistakes throughout the 90 minutes which was very frustrating and we quite often made unforced errors. I expected better, I expected more quality from us in possession of the ball but we didn't quite have it today."
"I felt that we were getting back into the game second half and the 3rd goal was always going to be crucial but then unfortunately we gave away another poor goal. Its another mistake really and then at 3-0 down you're always going to be struggling. I am pleased to say that we did show a bit of spirit to try and get back into it – we obviously managed to pull it back to 3-2, we kept going and I think that towards the end they were hanging on for dear life. They were saved by the whistle in the end – I think if the game had gone on another eight minutes or so we would have got the equaliser."
"Overall today we made too many mistakes, too many unforced errors and we had too many players who didn't really play to the levels they are capable of. That made it very, very difficult for us. It's disappointing and we now need to work really hard this week, through training, and see if we can get a good reaction against Concord Rangers next week. That's going to be a tough game because they're fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table."
The defeat sees City drop one place to 14th, but favourable results elsewhere in the league mean that The Hoops are still 8 points clear of the drop zone. City find themselves on the road again next weekend, with a trip to Canvey Island for a National League South fixture against relegation-threatened Concord Rangers
Oxford City: Belford, Ngathe, Grant, Ashby, Henderson, Poku, Ngamvoulou (Fondop 60), Fleet, Louis, Davies (MacAuley 60), Winters (Peake-Pijnen 60).
Unused Sub: Niate
Attendance: 330