04 October 2015

Truro City 3 Havant and Waterlooville 0

City produced one of their best performances of the season to beat the Hampshire visitors and stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Goals from debutant Jamie Reid, centre half Jamie Richards and substitute Isaac Vassell were enough to see off the Hawks, who have now lost four matches in a row.
The win moved City up a place to 13th in the Vanarama National League South table.
The home side showed just one change, with on loan signing Jamie Reid from Exeter City starting in place of Matt Wright who dropped to the bench.
Cody Cooke also returned to take his place on the bench after injury.
Defender Rob Farkins has had to leave the club because of his army commitments and was at the game to say his goodbyes.
City and Reid got off to the perfect start with a goal in the tenth minute, when he latched onto a Conor Riley-Lowe long ball and calmly lobbed Ryan Young in the Havant goal.
But the visitors came back well, with Matt Paterson clipping the top of the bar and James Hayter having a header cleared off the line.
Truro's defence though was very solid as they went into half time still 1-0 up.
At the start of the second half it needed a great save from Martin Rice to deny Patterson before City doubled their advantage with central defender Jamie Richards heading home Ryan Brett's corner after 50 minutes for his first goal for the club.
Havant continued to press, but the home defence was exceptional led by Arran Pugh and Richards.
And they then caught the visitors out, when Vassell lifted the ball over Young to make it 3-0, after running onto a long ball.
It was effectively game over as City saw the game out without too many problems to continue their recent improvement.
CITY: Rice; Mitchell, Pugh, Richards, Riley-Lowe; Ash (capt); Green (Afful 81), Brett, Dawson; Duff (Vassell 49), Reid (Wright 65), Subs (unused): Cooke, White.
Yellow cards: Brett.
Havant & Waterlooville: Young; Boco, Clifton, Blanchett, Strugnell, Monthe, Swallow (Thomson 76), Donnelly (Capt), Patterson, Hayter, Azeez (Mullings 76). Subs (not used): Morgan, Ridge, Cummings.
Yellow cards: Monthie.
Goals: Reid (10) 1-0, Richards (50) 2-0, Vassell (73) 3-0.
Referee: Daniel Leach.
Crowd: 478.

28 September 2015

Taunton Town 2 Truro City 2

Taunton kept their Cup dream alive, coming from two down to force a replay against higher ranked Truro City in a rip-snorting FA Cup thriller at Wordsworth Drive.
The Conference South Cornishmen flew out of the traps and took the lead after nine minutes with a stunning right foot strike by Craig Duff, the ball whizzing over Lloyd Irish’s head and dipping just under the bar. They were all over the bemused homesters at this point, and almost bagged a second when Ryan Brett clipped a shot against the right-hand post.
The lead was duly doubled just after the quarter hour mark when Brett latched on to a poor clearance from keeper Irish and squared it to Matthew Wright who hooked it home at the far post.The tie may have slipped away from Taunton had they not made an immediate response. But they clawed themselves back into contention when Jordan Rogers wriggled clear down the left, drew Martin Rice, and beat the veteran shot-stopper with a delightful clip into the far corner from a narrowing angle.
From that point on, the Peacocks were the better side. They almost equalised on the half hour when a crisp move released Jamie Price on the right, but the captain drilled his powerful shot wide. The domination continued at the start of the second period with the massed ranks on the terrace at the Town End witnessing at close quarters a bizarre sequence of six home corners in barely as many minutes. From them, Owen Irish came closest to netting, his pile-driving shot somehow being beaten out by the Truro defence.
Taunton ramped up the pressure still further as the half progressed. After 66 minutes, Rogers again breached the Cornish back line, but was denied by a great low save from Rice. A minute later Jamie Short and Owen Irish linked up in a clever passing move down the right, the latter teeing up Craig Veal who spun and smashed a ferocious volley that Rice just tipped over. The keeper finally succumbed from Dale Evans’s resultant corner though, the ball finding its way to Rogers at the far post. He got a hand to the striker’s fine shot, but not enough to keep it out.
Both sides had chances in the final stages, the best falling to Truro’s Isaac Vassell who fired wastefully over. The substitute striker further compounded his ignominy by following through high and late on Lloyd Irish a few minutes later to receive a caution. Then, in injury-time, Vassell impeded Irish taking a kick to pick up his second booking and consequent red card. A somewhat silly and surreal end to an otherwise brilliant cup tie.
By James Wright
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Jamie Price (captain), Nuno Felix, Owen Irish, Jak Martin, Dale Evans, Jamie Short (Aidan Chainey 90+1), Ben Carter, Jordan Rogers, Craig Veal (Josh Klein-Davies 77), Josh Searle (Ryan Broom 61). Unused subs: Charlie Hitchings, Michael Meaker
Truro: Martin Rice, Pierce Mitchell, Connor Riley-Lowe, Jake Ash (captain), Jamie Richards, Arran Pugh, Aaron Dawson, Dan Green, Craig Duff (Les Afful 68), Matt Wright, Ryan Brett (Isaac Vassell 67). Unused subs: Shane White, Rob Farkins
Referee: Sam Allison (Trowbridge)
Assistants: Adam Fricker (Bath), Benjamin Williamson (Melksham)
Match Sponsor: Talk of the Devil
Matchball Sponsor: Friends of the late Ray Marks
Attendance: 481

20 September 2015

Dartford 0 Truro City 1

City clinched their first away National League South win of the season thanks to a late goal from substitute Isaac Vassell.
Vassell was in the right place at the right time at Princes Park in Kent to tuck away a cross from another substitute Les Afful.
And the win, which lifted City two places up the table to 14th, extended their unbeaten run to four matches since that 6-0 Bank Holiday Monday hammering at home to Oxford City.
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And City boss Steve Tully was delighted with his side's performance.
He said: "It was our most complete performance of the season. All over the pitch we were good and could have won by more, but Ricey made a great save at the death to ensure we got the points."
With Rob Farkins and Pierce Mitchell unavailable, there was a recall for Jake Ash who had a great game in front of the back four.
That was the only change from the side that drew 2-2 at Weston-super-Mare in the week, though Truro suffered an early blow when Cody Cooke had to go off with a groin problem to be replaced by Ryan Brett who went onto have an excellent match.
After a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes, with City looking comfortable, the visitors started to create more after the break.
Man of the match Matt Wright, who went close in the first half, headed against the bar and had another cleared off the line.
Truro though were not be denied a famous win as they continue to come to terms with life at a higher level after winning promotion last season.
Truro City: Rice; White, Richards, Pugh, Riley-Lowe; Ash; Green, Cooke (Brett 21), Dawson, Wright (Afful 83), Duff (Vassell 64) . Sub (not used): Yeoman.
Goal: Vassell (86) 0-1.
Man of the match for Truro Matt Wright
Referee: Matthew Buonassisi.
Crowd: 850.

(by Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)

16 September 2015

Weston-super-Mare 2 Truro City 2

CITY were denied a second National League South win in four days when Weston scored an equaliser three minutes from time at Winterstoke Park
After falling behind at the start of the second half City to an Ollie Barnes header, the visitors looked to have turned the game round with two quick goals by Arran Pugh and Cody Cooke.
But with time running out, a visibly tiring City side could not see the game out with Scott Wilson firing home a fine equaliser into the top corner of Martin Rice's goal.

It was tough on a Truro side, who gave a debut to new signing Jamie Richards in central defence in place of the suspended Rob Farkins, in the only change from the side that started Saturday's 2-0 home win over St Albans City.
And City boss Steve Tully said: "We just ran out of legs. Of course its disappointing we could not hold out, but I am delighted we kept our run going."

After a pretty uneventful first half, the home side who started the match bottom of the table, took the lead when Barnes headed home from a corner.
Pugh then got City level after 78 minutes, with a good finish from just inside the box following a corner and man of the match Cooke tapped in at the far post two minutes later from substitute Les Afful's cross.
However, City could not hold out and stay 16th in the table with ten points from their opening ten matches.
CITY: Rice; Mitchell, Pugh, Richards, Riley-Lowe; White (Brett); Green, Cooke, Dawson; Wright (Afful 72), Duff (Vassell 64). Subs (not used); Yeoman, Ash.
Yellow cards: Green, Pugh.
Goals: Paull (48) 1-0, Pugh (78), Cook (80) 1-2, Wilson (87) 2-2.
Referee: Dan Cook.

Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Late-goal-denies-Truro-City-second-successive/story-27804098-detail/story.html#ixzz3ltS58Bav

13 September 2015

Truro City 2 St Albans City 0

Truro City fans went home a lot happier than when they last saw their team in action at Treyew Road after today's National League South win.
Beaten 6-0 at home by Oxford City on Bank Holiday Monday, this was a chance for the home side to help erase the memories of that painful defeat and they were worthy winners against the struggling Hertfordshire side.

It was also a second successive clean sheet for Steve Tully's side after that horrible defeat and the City boss believes his side are starting to come to terms with life at the higher level.
City soon calmed any nerves with an excellent first goal after 12 minutes with left back Connor Riley-Lowe's deft finish as he chipped Joe Welch to finish off a flowing move for his first goal for the club since signing on loan from Exeter City in the summer.
If that goal was sublime then City's second midway through the half had a slice of luck as Matt Wright's shot flashed across the goal from a deflection to the far post where it hit the unknowing Aaron Dawson and rebounded into the net from close range.
It was then a case for City, who gave a debut to 19-year-old new signing, former Bristol Rovers full-back Pierce Mitchell, of seeing the game out against a visiting side lacking any real penetration up front..
The Hertfordshire side had plenty of the ball as City were content to sit back and soak up the pressure, but never tested a confident Martin Rice, who captained the side, in the home goal.
There were a couple of Ade Yusuff headers, while Louie Theophanous shot over, but that was about it as City need a winless run of five home matches with their second victory of the season which lifted them a place up the table to 16th.
Before the game City completed the signing of central defender Jamie Richards from Torquay United and he will make his debut in the place of the suspended Rob Farkins at Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday evening.
TRURO CITY: Rice (capt); Mitchell, Farkins, Pugh, Riley-Lowe, White (Ash 75), Green, Cooke (Afful h-t), Dawson, Wright (Vassell 60), Duff. Subs (unused): Brett, Yeoman.
ST ALBANS CITY: Welch; Sow (Hilliard 54), Chappell (capt), Longe-King, Gayle, Locke, Krans, Comley, Theophanous, Thomas (Green 54), Yusuff.
Subs (not used): Kyriacou, Swales, Jah.
Yellow card: Comley (42)
Half-time: 2-0.
Scorers: Riley-Low (12) 1-0, Dawson (27) 2-0.
Attendance: 413.
Referee: Antony Coggins.
Star man: Aaron Dawson (Truro City)

Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-ease-second-league-win-season/story-27785233-detail/story.html#ixzz3ldpUVn3m

11 September 2015

Hit for Six again, this time off the Pitch - by Peter Masters

Last Friday we received notification that the Department for Communities and Local Government were unable to complete consideration of the planning proposals by 2nd September 2015 and in exercise of his powers under article 31(1) The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary of State directs the Council not to grant permission on the applications without specific authorisation.


This direction was issued to enable the Secretary of State for Communities to have a further period in which to consider the proposals. We as a Club are not aware of any time limits relating to the powers under article 31(1) only that “the matter will be dealt with as quickly as possible”. The decision could take weeks, months or even years and there is no guarantee of a successful outcome. We find this latest setback totally unacceptable and bitterly disappointing.
Both Philip and I feel strongly that we cannot simply standby waiting in the vain hope that someone outside of Cornwall sat in the higher arc of government will understand our position at Truro City Football Club and finally issue the planning permissions that have been passed by local government on 30th July 2015. We need to control our own destiny and success. The Club cannot return to the brink of extinction or get relegated back down to the Southern League or lower through the actions of others with only their self interest in mind.
The position now as we understand it in respect of the planning permissions passed on 30th July 2015 by the Strategic Planning Committee on Treyew Road, Silver Bow, West Langarth and S4C is wide open, nothing is settled and it appears to us that certain individuals are floundering around either trying to better their position and or make political gain, this is simply wrong. The build programme on Silver Bow has already got behind and there is now little chance of getting back on track on what already is a tight schedule.
Given this latest development we will be making our feelings known to the Secretary of State and also resurrecting the ground share option. At least being based in Devon we will be able to concentrate on football matters instead of being distracted in Cornwall by planning issues. The sad thing is that many people, particularly the younger generation will be deprived of National League football here Truro for what we fear will be a very long period of time.


We also fear for our friends, the Cornish Pirates, who face a similar dilemma like Truro City, have had their hopes raised in July and now find themselves again back in the hands of the Planning Authority and all of the bureaucracy surrounding it.
It’s a sad indictment on Cornwall’s Sporting facilities.
Peter Masters, Chairman.
September 2015.