03 May 2017

Bishop's Stortford 4 Benidorm 0

THE WHITE Tigers ended the season with a disappointing 4-0 reverse at already-relegated Bishops Stortford.
It was a slow start for Lee Hodgesside and we fell behind on nine minutes when Sam Ford found the net.
As we looked to get back on level terms, Aaran Pugh went close when he met a corner with a towering header that went over.
The home side managed to double their advantage on 24 minutes when some more sloppy defensive play allowed Elliot Ronto to find the back of the net.
Our afternoon got worse as the interval approached when the home side won a penalty and Evans Kouassi stepped up to make it 3-0.
It was a case of game over just a minute later when Aaron Greene made it four against a Truro side without the spirit of the previous game when we secured our National League South status.
The opening exchanges of the second period saw The White Tigers trying to regain some pride as Tyler Harvey put an inviting ball across the face of goal before an acrobatic effort from Rocky Neal landed just over.
With the clock ticking down, Les Afful, on in place of the injured Harvey, went close with a strike but in truth the game was starting to peter out as we ended the campaign with a 4-0 reverse.

Truro City 2 Hemel Hempstead 1

No report available

17 April 2017

Welling United 3-2 Truro City

Coming into the game, both Welling United were keen to pick up the points that would allay any doubt surrounding their future participation in the Vanarama National League South.

At the end of the ninety plus minutes, it was Welling that were able to celebrate their survival having completed a come from behind victory.
Setting out with a 4-4-3 system, the White Tigers took the game to their hosts in the early stages of the game but the Welling defence proved hard to penetrate.
It took twenty minutes for either side to create a goal scoring opportunity, but Chris Todd was well off target with what turned out to be their only goal attempt in the first half.

Eventually, Welling came into the game and Dan Walker twice created opportunities for Alex Cathline. The first was a first time near post effort that flew wide. The second was on target but lacked the power to trouble Tom McHale.
As Welling continued to look for an opening and went ahead from a free kick. Rhys Murrell-Williamson delivered and Ben Martin rose to head home.

Sam Hatton fired over an Walker had a shot saved before Welling shot themselves in the foot two minutes before the interval. Niall Thompson found Andrew Neal and he crossed into an area of uncertainty that resulted in Martin passing back beyond goalkeeper Chris Lewington and into his own net.
Four minutes into the second half it went from bad to worse for Welling  A good swift Truro break ended with Neal finishing from Dan Smith’s low cross.

Hatton fired a shot in that was cleared off the line just out of the reach of Phil Walsh then Murrell-Williamson had a free kick saved.
Danny Waldren and Walker were off target for Welling and in a rare raid at the other end Cody Cooke also failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

An increasing number of Truro fouls eventually proved costly when Murrell-Williamson curled a free kick into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, Welling went ahead when substitute Tyrone Marsh burst through and fired home in style.
Smith fired well wide for Truro before Alex Cathline struck the post deep into injury time with McHale well beaten.

Victory took Welling up to fourteenth in the table, the highest they have been all season.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Martin (Hayles 46), Walsh, Walker (Crawford 85), Waldren, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Marsh 62), Murrell-Williamson.
Subs not used: Leacock, Richards.

Truro City: McHale, Bentley, Hartridge, Todd (Afful 86), Richards, Smith, Adelsbury (Yetton 86), Cooke, Neal, Harvey (Allen 65), Thompson.
Subs not used: Pugh, Brett.

Welling United:
Goalscorers : Martin (32), Rhys-Williamson (74), Marsh (76).
Yellow cards: Waldren, Crawford.
Red cards: None

Truro City:
Goalscorers: Martin o.g. (42), Neal (49)
Yellow cards: Todd, Hartridge, Cooke.
Red cards: None

Referee: Paul Kelly
Assistants:.Michael Marsh and Simon Finnigan

Attendance: 526

Welling star player: Phil Walsh
Pictures supplied by Dave Budden.

15 April 2017

TISA Statement on Stadium for Cornwall Ground Share

Truro Independent Supporters Association(TISA) cautiously welcomes the news today that there has been at last a degree of clarity about where Truro City will play its football in the years to come.  Whilst it was always preferable for TCFC to have its own purpose built stadium, sadly this was not something that the clubs owners could deliver. The next best option is to be part of the exciting Stadium for Cornwall project which will hopefully help the football club integrate more successfully with the Cornish community.  We also welcome the fact that rather than having to play outside of the county in Torquay until the new Stadium for Cornwall is built, instead we will be playing at Bodmin Town’s ground which will also benefits them by making lasting improvements in their ground infrastructure.  This is something that TISA pushed for in our ‘Keep Truro in Cornwall’ campaign last year and we are glad that common sense has at last prevailed.

Simon Birch - TISA Secretary

11 April 2017

Truro City 1 Ebbsfleet 1

Sam Deering’s second-half equaliser replicated the score from Treyew Road of last season but the single point saw Fleet slip a further two behind Maidenhead United at the top of the table. Fleet, who were denied by the woodwork, some last-gasp defending and heroic goalkeeping, must now hope to gain maximum points from Easter’s double-header and hope Truro prove as redoubtable when they host the league leaders.
Daryl McMahon’s side were unchanged from the eleven that eased past Welling 5-1 last weekend and actually turned up at the ground before some of Truro’s own players who were caught in traffic, a fate that befell many of the travelling Ebbsfleet support as well.
On a blustery but warm afternoon in Cornwall, the game took a little while to get going with Fleet adopting their usual measured approach, trying to pick apart the home defence. The white shirts weren’t sitting back, however, and seemed more than capable of testing the Fleet’s back line.
They twice tried their luck from distance in the opening exchanges, Ben Adelsbury seeing a leg deflect his shot over the bar and then full back Alex Hartridge also tested his range, sending another effort over the bar.
Former Plymouth front man Tyler Harvey was proving to be something of a nuisance and he drew a save from Nathan Ashmore before going even closer when a clever effort over the Fleet goalkeeper needed the attentions of Kenny Clark to clear out of the six-yard box.
Sam Deering then saw a shot turned behind from a Jack Connors pass, while Danny Kedwell diverted the corner into the box against a Truro hand but the referee was unconvinced by the penalty appeal.
Truro went close again on 21 minutes when a long throw almost caught out Clark with the ball skipping off his head and against his own crossbar. At the other end, Fleet weren’t finding the target and Kedwell saw a header fly over the bar from an Anthony Cook delivery.
The home side picked up a couple of bookings for fouls in midfield but it was from a Fleet infringement that Truro took the lead three minutes before half-time. Adelsbury was 25 yards out but sent a fine free-kick soaring over Ashmore before dipping under the bar to leave Fleet with it all to do.
After a fairly shot-shy first 45, Fleet’s determination shone through in the second half, with Bradley Bubb brought on at the break in place of Darren McQueen. But the visitors’ drive came at a cost as they lost skipper Kedwell to a suspected broken arm seven minutes after the restart, the No.9 colliding with Truro centre back Ben Gerring and immediately requiring treatment.
Sean Shields was his replacement and before the Fleet could start to feel sorry for themselves, the substitute’s introduction was timely. Two minutes after coming on, Shields got into space courtesy of a foray down the flank and delivered a cross that Deering of all people met with head to steer it past goalkeeper Tom McHale.
With that goal, Fleet’s tails were up and they went at Truro, doing everything but score a winner. Bubb fired just over after his one-two with fellow sub Shields carved open the home defence and then Jack Powell’s ambitious drive from distance clattered off the crossbar.
Straight after that, on 63 minutes, his midfield partner Andy Drury let fly with another effort which also came back off the crossbar, falling for Bubb who connected but saw the ball smothered by a desperate block from McHale. Powell then curled a free-kick just over after Cook was fouled on the edge of the box, but Fleet fans were baying for a spot kick, convinced it was inside the line.
Truro struggled to fashion a chance at the other end and when they did get it forward, Fleet looked dangerous on the break. With 15 minutes left, Bubb’s diving header from Shields’ cross was kept out by an excellent save by McHale while the goalkeeper was relieved as time ticked away when a defender cleared Clark’s header off the line. And still the keeper thwarted the visitors’ efforts when he pulled off another superb save from Drury’s 15-yard shot as Fleet’s final chance went begging in five minutes of time added on.
EUFC: Ashmore, Cook, Connors, McCoy, Phillips (Winfield 46), Clark, Powell, Drury, Kedwell (Shields 52), McQueen (Bubb 46), Deering. Subs: Jordan, Rance
TCFC: McHale, Bentley, Hartridge, Gerring, Richards, Smith, Adelsbury, Cooke, Neal, Harvey, Thompson (Afful 78). Subs: Todd, Yetton, Brett, Allen
Attendance: 501

05 April 2017

Margate 2 Truro City 1

THE WHITE Tigers slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Margate.
It was Truro City who came out of the blocks the quickest as we posed a number of early questions of the hosts’ rear-guard and had the ball in the net on nine minutes only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul in the build-up.
However, shortly afterwards Margate had their noses in front somewhat against the run of play when Akindayini found the net.
We failed to let our heads drop and went close on 20 minutes with a header that crept just wide of the target before Cody Cooke was unlucky with a strike from distance.
Just past the half-hour mark and Ben Adelsbury tried his luck with a powerful effort that was well saved by the home ‘keeper.
As a niggle started to creep into the game, Tyler Harvey saw yellow but there was joy for The White Tigers as half-time approached when that man Rocky Neal notched the equaliser.
Going into the second half back on level terms, it didn’t take long after the restart for us to fall behind again when Akindayini grabbed his second goal of the game to beat Tom McHale.
It proved to be a big blow for The White Tigers, particularly as we had worked so hard to level matters.
As the clock ticked down, it was Margate’s turn to have a goal ruled out as the closing stages become edgy.
Try as we might, we just couldn’t find an equalising goal. A free-kick right at the death went close before stoppage time saw a teasing ball launched into the area where Ben Gerring met the ball with a towering header at the far post that landed inches over.
There was still time for a flick-on to reach Niall Thompson with virtually the last touch but his downward header was well saved as Margate held on to claim a vital three points in their quest to escape the relegation zone.
TRURO CITY: McHale, Bentley (Smith 82), Hartridge, Richards, Gerring, Adelsbury, Cooke, Allen (Brett 75), Neal, Harvey, Yetton (Thompson 62). Subs not used: Knowles, Todd.

30 March 2017

TISA Committee, Constitution and Rules

TISA Committee

Chairman-                 Tim Mitchell
Vice Chair -              JP Creba
Secretary-                 Simon Birch
Treasurer-                 Dave Rowarth
Social Secretary -     Thomas Birch
Travel Secretary-      Paul Condon
General Member -    Colin Carter
General Member-     Ray Jennings

Honorary President- Brian Thompson

Truro Independent Supporters Association (TISA) - Constitution
(Mission Statement – “Support of the Team, Support of Ourselves”)
 The association shall be called Truro Independent Supporters Association, hereinafter referred to as TISA.

 2.1 – To enable supporters of Truro City FC to have an independent voice on all things relating to TCFC.
 2.2 - To provide members with affordable travel to TCFC away fixtures.
 2.3 - 2.4 - To organise social events for the benefit of TISA members.
 2.5 - To raise funds for Cornish and National Charities.

 3.1 - Membership of TISA is gained when the membership policy (Appendix A) has been successfully followed.
 3.2 - All TISA members are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
 3.3 - All TISA members are entitled to stand for election to serve on the TISA committee, providing they give a notice period (as determined by the TISA Secretary) ahead of the AGM of their intention to stand. Notice of intention to stand should be made to the Secretary in writing, by post, via e-mail or Text (SMS) message.
3.4 - Any TISA or TISA branch  member whose conduct is considered detrimental to TISA or its reputation, or who conducts themselves in a manner considered unacceptable by the majority of the committee, may have their membership terminated or suspended if voted by the majority of the committee. In the event of an equal vote, the chairman shall have the casting vote.

 4.1 - The TISA committee shall be made up of no less than four and no more than Ten TISA members.
 4.2 - On an annual basis, and at the AGM, either four or one half (whichever is the lower) of the committee seats will, as a minimum, become available for re-election.
4.3 - Candidates for the role of TISA chairman must be TISA committee members, with a minimum of twelve months' continuous service, a satisfactory attendance record, and not subject to any TISA restrictions.
 4.4 - The chairman will be elected by the full membership at the AGM.
4.5 - In the event of a tied vote involving the previous year's chairman, the previous year’s chairman will prevail and serve for the next year.
 4.6 - Where more than one candidate contests the role of chairman, with none having served in that role before, and a tied vote occurs, then the chairmanship for the coming year will be decided by the casting vote of the outgoing chairman, should they still hold a position. Should this not be the case, the casting vote will be made by one of the other existing honorary officers, in order of precedence: vice chairman, secretary, treasurer. Should the election still be unresolved, the chairman will be elected by the drawing of lots.
 4.7 - The committee will also elect a vice chairman, secretary and treasurer using the same voting procedure as that for chairman but without the 12 month serving restriction.
 4.8 - Any serving committee member whose conduct is considered detrimental to the TISA or its reputation, or who conducts themselves in a manner considered unacceptable by the majority of the committee, may be forced to relinquish their position if voted by the majority of the committee. In the event of an equal vote, the chairman shall have the casting vote.
 4.9 - Should committee members be unable to attend any meeting, they must give their apologies in advance to the secretary. In the event of a committee member failing to attend two out of three consecutive committee meetings, without satisfactory reason, the committee will consider removing the committee member from the committee.
 4.10 - If the post of any committee member should fall vacant during a term, the committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy, subject to a majority vote, until the next AGM.
 4.9 - The TISA committee will meet at least twice during the year and the meetings will be minuted by the secretary, or other committee member.
 4.10 - Each meeting of the TISA committee must be attended by a quorum of in excess of 50% of the committee members.

 The TISA committee will
 5.1 - Provide support, advice and represent alongside, if requested, any member involved in disciplinary procedures instigated by TCFC.
 5.2 - Make all best efforts, using all available media, to collect the views of the majority of the membership.
 5.3 - Represent the interests of the membership in all aspects of attending games, both at home and away.
5.4 - Organise events to encourage the positive social aspects of TISA membership.

6.1 – Any branch of TISA must be formulated and conducted in accordance with the “Conditions of Branch Association” (Appendix B).

 7.1 - At least 21 days’ notice shall be given of the TISA AGM, which will be held in July each year.
 7.2 - The AGM will receive from the Treasurer the annual report and accounts.
 7.3 - An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called upon the request of 25% of the members.  Notice of the intention to hold an EGM and the reason should be served on the secretary in writing or by email.  The EGM must be held no later than 21 days following receipt of this notice.
 7.4 - The chairman of the committee shall hold both a deliberative and a casting vote at any TISA meeting.
 7.5 - Any change to the TISA constitution shall require a two thirds majority acceptance vote of those members present at the vote.
 7.6 - Any proposal to change the constitution must be submitted in writing to the secretary within seven days of the announcement of the AGM. The secretary must then publicise the proposal(s) in the remaining fourteen day period, allowing these to be submitted for discussion and vote at the AGM.

 The TISA is a non-profit making organisation. No profit or surplus will be distributed other than to another non- profit making body on a winding-up or dissolution of the TISA.

Appendix A -                  TISA and Branch Membership Policy

1.    TISA and all its branches shall share the same membership form, policy and process.   All new applicants and members who wish to renew but have not previously submitted the approved TISA membership application form, will be required to complete a form and submit it for consideration of the main TISA committee.  NON-Cornwall based applicants will be given the option (not mandatory) to select membership of the appropriate branch by ticking the relevant box.

2.    All renewing members (who have previously had application forms approved by TISA main Committee) shall pay the agreed membership fee with 30 days of the date of the last AGM or they will be required to submit a fresh application which will require approval of the main TISA Committee.

3.    The main TISA Committee shall consider each application which must be approved by a simple majority of Committee members.  If the successful applicant has selected the option to join a branch then that branch will be given the approved membership form and will be responsible for collecting the membership subscription from their new member for their branch funds.

4.    Applicants who are refused shall have right of appeal in writing to the committee who shall consider the appeal and make a final decision.

5.    Any individual who has not complied with the above process cannot be considered as a member of TISA or any of its branches.

Appendix B -                  Conditions of Branch Association

Any existing branch or proposed new branch of TISA shall be required to:

1.    Submit their proposals for formation of new branch to the main TISA Committee who will, if approved, make a proposal to the next AGM to accept the new branches formation.

2.    Agree to accept the TISA membership policy and follow the agreed membership process.

3.    Hold elections within Three months of the date of the last AGM, to a branch sub-committee. The minutes of this meeting, or a report on the election process must be submitted to the main TISA Committee immediately on completion.

4.    Agree to be autonomous only in such matters that impact only on members of that branch.  All other matters must be referred to the main TISA Committee.

5.    Not reproduce in any form or media, the TISA crest, in part or full image without the express permission of the main TISA Secretary.

6.    Comply with all decisions of the main TISA Committee or proposals as agreed at a full general meeting of TISA members.

7.    Provide to the main TISA Committee on request and to the AGM a detailed report on the financial accounts of the branch.

8.    Branch Chairman to become member of the main TISA Committee and attend meetings as scheduled or nominate a branch delegate with delegated authority.

9.    Comply with all relevant legislation.  Particular attention should be paid to the Equalities Act 2010, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Note:  Any branch deemed by the main TISA Committee to be in breach of any of the above conditions of association may (on the decision of that Committee) be disassociated from TISA and in such circumstances all of the members of that branch would automatically transfer to TISA main group.  In the event that this action is taken, a full Committee report shall be made to a full meeting of general members.

Appendix C -                  TISA Members Code of Conduct

The following code of conduct applies to all members of TISA and its branches and is a condition of membership.

TISA recognises that its members are passionate about Truro City Football Club and wish to be vociferous in demonstrating that support with singing and chanting in such a way that it promotes and provides a positive atmospheric environment for other fans and players of the club.  TISA firmly believes that demonstrating support in this way is welcomed by and beneficial to the Truro City players and contributes towards a positive result on the pitch.

TISA recognises it must not negate other supporter’s enjoyment of the game and therefore the following are rules of membership:

TISA Members Shall Not:

•     Use racist, homophobic or religiously offensive language;

•     Display any racist or otherwise obscene emblems or banners;

•     Threateningly use foul, abusive or insulting language or gestures;

•     Throw missiles;

•     Enter the pitch area without permission of the appropriate authorities;

•     Behave in a manner likely to jeopardise the safety and enjoyment of others;

TISA Members Should:

•     Follow directions and instructions given by stewards and club officials;

•     Report breaches of our code to the TISA Secretary or other TISA committee member;

•     Report breaches of our code which by their nature present a danger to others, immediately to a steward or club official;

•     Support Truro City Football Team loudly and proudly and in a manner that offends no-one!

Note:  TISA recognises the right of TCFC to have in place its own enforceable ‘Ground Regulations’ and whilst breach of such regulations may also result in a breach of this code and (visa versa), this shall not be presumed.

General Rule of Membership:

That members should:
•     Act in a manner which does not conflict with the treasured independent status of TISA
•     Contribute to the TISA mission – ‘Support of the Team, Support of Ourselves’
•     Contribute, financially and by participation in fundraising events for TISA and its nominated charities currently Cornwall Hospice Care

Procedure to be followed on Report of any Breach:

Properly reported breaches of our code shall be investigated and considered by a full meeting of the TISA committee or sub-committee as appropriate. 

The member concerned shall be permitted to make their own statement either in writing and/or in person to the committee.

The Committee may require the member concerned to attend a meeting in person to answer questions pertaining to the alleged offence.

Should no submission be made either in writing or in person by the member concerned then the Committee reserves the right to determine the outcome of the case in such absence.

The decision of the Committee is final subject to an appeals procedure (to be agreed)

In circumstances where an offence is considered by the committee to be proved and where no appeal has been made and upheld, one or more of the following sanctions may be applied to the offending member:

•     Suspension or withdrawal of TISA membership (no refund of membership fees)

•     Stood down as Committee member until next AGM (If the offender is a Committee member)

•     Ban from any TISA organised travel to away games

•     Recommendation to TCFC that member be banned from attending future matches

•     Notification to Police or other authorities (serious breach of code)

Truro City 4 Whitehawk 2

After four consecutive defeats Truro City earned a much needed and well deserved victory over fellow relegation rivals Whitehawk.

Both teams had lost their most recent games against Poole Town and Hampton & Richmond respectively so this was a game they needed to win.
Whitehawk started the game with great intensity and could have been 1-0 up in five minutes. Truro’s goalkeeper Tom McHale prevented several shots from going over the line. As the half continued, Truro became more comfortable in their home environment. The White Tigers broke the deadlock in the 27th minute through Andrew Neal. Truro’s celebrations ended just a minute later when Ben Gerring put the ball past his own keeper to gift Whitehawk an equaliser.
Both sides were fiercely competitive as half-time approached. Tyler Harvey produced a great finish to ensure that Truro were 2-1 up at the break.
Whitehawk made a substitution at half-time as Ibrahim Akanbi came on for Christian Scales. The White Tigers started the second half as well as they ended the first. Six minutes after the restart, Neal got his second goal of the game and 15th of the season. Stewart Yetton’s effort was denied by Whitehawk goalkeeper Lucas Covolan but Neal pounced on the resulting loose ball to make it 3-1.
Cody Cooke fired home from a River Allen corner in the 66th minute. Truro were 4-1 up and Whitehawk were unable to withstand the constant pressure from the home side. Whitehawk made their second substitution of the game as Joshua Passley was replaced by Spencer Forte.
There was 15 minutes left to play and Whitehawk were forced to make their final substitution as Ramon Aldavert went off with an injury. He was replaced by Christopher M’Boungou.
Neal did not get the chance to complete his hat-trick as he was substituted for Niall Thompson. He was deservedly awarded Man of the Match for a determined and professional performance in addition to bagging a brace. Truro made their second change as Ryan Brett came on for Cody Cooke.
Daniel Mills scored a consolation goal for Whitehawk in stoppage time. It was his 100th goal for The Hawks but unfortunately the game ended in defeat for his side.
Truro City won the match 4-2 which will give them confidence as they continue to battle against the drop. Lee Hodges’ side fought hard for the victory and were worthy winners. The White Tigers are now five points clear of the relegation zone but a trip to bottom club Margate next Saturday means they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
Despite being at Falmouth University for a year and a half, I have never been to see Truro City or watched non league football before. After Truro’s match against Whitehawk and the brilliant atmosphere that accompanied it, I will definitely come back again.

23 March 2017

Poole Town 2 Truro City 0

When Poole Town finished the first half 2-0 up, a few of their fans might have casted their minds back three days and quickly hoped history wouldn’t repeat itself.
In a way, it did. Truro have never scored at the Black Gold Stadium, let alone win, and the Cornish outfit hadn’t won on the road in eight games.
But it was a Poole collapse that worried Dolphins fans, rather than their opponents’ contribution to the game.
It never really threatened to exist, a Truro goal, and there were three proper chances in the game as a whole, and all three belonged to Poole. 
Jamie Whisken hits the crossbar with a first half header - Photo by: Andy Orman
Skipper Jamie Whisken was leading from the front when he smacked the crossbar with a header, and that was the first proper chance of relatively dull affair. 
Luke Burbidge stuck the post from inside the box, but in all truths, it was a half-chance that almost crept in via a smart strike.
The statement that Poole had better chances doesn’t truly reflect on the game as a whole. Neither side dominated, nor could create numerous opportunities. Luke Roberts was a threat down the left flank throughout, but his direct runs rarely yielded a return.
Due to the dominance of Roberts on the left, most around the ground expected he’d produce the opener but few would have been surprised that it came from the opposite side of the pitch. Burbidge eventually got the chance to stretch his legs, turning his marker, Ryan Brett, inside out in the process.
He’d then flung a low cross towards the centre of the six-yard box, where Roberts showed his quality as a poacher to turn the ball home and give Poole a slightly deserved lead. 
It was only slight, due to the fact neither side spent much time in possession, and as such, a second goal from the Dolphins seemed a long way off.
It would come via a fairly unimaginative manner, not that Poole will be too bothered. Steve Devlin delivered a pin-point cross onto the head of Marvin Brooks, who made it 7 from 8 to double the hosts’ advantage.
After the break, the game became even more stagnant, as Poole were content to deal with the weak barrage of long balls. A few opportunities on the counter arose, but nothing of particular note. 
As the game faded away, so did the players’ energy levels and whilst this sometimes leads to punishable mistakes, there was no drama as Poole saw out another win.

20 March 2017

Dartford 5-3 Truro City

It was an EIGHT goal thriller at Princes Park as Dartford earned just their second win in the last 6 games to maintain their push towards the National South playoff places.
In between the goals, the play was quite scrappy as the wind played a part, and both sides looked to hit long balls, but the goals were worth the wait.
Truro hit the front after 13 minutes through Andrew Neal’s header, but a diving header from Andy Pugh levelled on the half hour, and a thunderous volley from Elliot Bradbrook gave the Darts a 41st minute lead.  Neal ghosted in for another header to level matters after 65, but the Darts hit the front again 90 seconds later through Luke Wanadio’s 9th of the season.
Jamie Richards looked as though he might have rescued a point for the Cornish visitors with 12 minutes left, but a mix-up in the Truro defence allowed Pugh to give the home side the lead in the 86th minute; a lead extended to confirm the win by Tom Murphy in stoppage time.
From the start, playing into the teeth of a strong wind, the Cornish visitors were on the front foot.  A ball over the Dartford back line almost released Cody Cooke, but ran safely through to Deren Ibrahim.  But Truro benefitted from the conditions as Dan Smith’s cross from the right was misjudged in the conditions by Ibrahim, and Andrew Neal drifted in behind the flailing keeper to head into the net off the body of the covering Keaton Wood after 13 minutes.
A couple of minutes later, it should have been two for Truro, when Ollie Knowles’ freekick from the left found Jamie Richards unmarked, but his glancing header flew past the right hand post.
Dartford were getting half-chances from set pieces; Luke Wanadio screwed a shot across goal, and good defending from Richards denied Andy Pugh a sight of the Truro goal, but the home side were gradually creeping back into the game.
The equaliser came on the half hour as a long clearance down the right wing gave Duane Ofori-Acheampong the opportunity to pressurise Richards. Ofori-Acheampong stole the ball, skipped away from the defender’s challenge, and played an inch perfect cross into the middle where Pugh met the cross with a diving header for his ninth League goal of the season, giving Martyn Rice in the Truro goal no chance.
The Truro bench were unhappy with the way Ben Gerring was being managed by the referee after an injury, but this was just distracting them at the moment Dartford took the lead in the 41st minute.  Luke Wanadio won a throw on the left and swung a cross into the box that was headed clear by Richards.  The dropping ball was controlled on his chest by Elliot Bradbrook, who hit a screaming 25-yard volley with his left foot into the right corner for his 8th League goal.
In stoppage time, the visitors had another clear sight of Ibrahim’s goal  This time though, from Tyler Harvey’s cross, the ball struck the heels of Neal when the striker had the goal at his mercy, and the ball rebounded away out of the box.
Once again, Dartford were slow to get into the second half, but were working hard to limit Truro’s chances.  Cooke, Richards and Ben Gerring all had headers that drifted wide, and Ryan Brett had a shot deflected wide, but Dartford were making the game very scrappy.
The pressure eventually told with an almost carbon copy header for Andrew Neal after 65 minutes.  Knowles swung a freekick in from the right side that drifted over the bodies in the middle, but Neal had ghosted round the back, unmarked, to head past Ibrahim.
Less than 90 seconds later, and Dartford hit the front once more.  Ofori-Acheampong did well to hold up the ball on the edge of the area and squared a pass to Wanadio.  The winger skipped past Gerring’s challenge and as Rice dived to his left, lashed a shot past the keeper’s left hand side.
Alex Brown curled a shot over, having knocked Tom Wynter over in his desperation to get to the ball, but Truro levelled matters again with 12 minutes left.  A long throw by Alex Hartridge was flicked on by Gerring into the path of Neal, searching for a hatrick, but this time Ibrahim was able to claw Neal’s header away from the top right corner.  From the resulting corner, the cross fell towards the centre of the box, where Richards hit a volley with the outside of his right foot as he was falling backwards and the shot arrowed into the same top right corner; this time Ibrahim couldn’t get across.  There was some doubt whether the goal had been awarded initially with two players grounded on the goal-line, but the referee eventually pointed towards the centre.
Both benches threw on fresh legs searching for the win, and it was Dartford who found the breakthrough.  With the Truro defence appealing for an offside decision, Ofori-Acheampong chased what appeared to be a lost cause to the deadball line, and crossed into the middle.  A mixup between keeper Rice and skipper Richards saw the ball drop out to Pugh, who swivelled and fired through the bodies to make it 4-3.
The scoring wasn’t over though as Bradbrook swept a 50-yard crossfield ball over the top of fullback Smith to release Tom Murphy, one of the substitutes, and Murphy clamly slipped the ball through the advancing Rice’s legs to make it five for the Darts with virtually the last kick of the game.
DARTFORD: Deren Ibrahim, Keaton Wood, Tom Wynter, Tom Bonner, Ronnie Vint, Alex Brown (Lee Noble 83), Ryan Hayes (Tom Murphy 90), Elliot Bradbrook, Duane Ofori-Acheampong, Andy Pugh, Luke Wanadio (Alfie Pavey 83).
Subs not used: Temi Eweka, Tony Coxall.
Goals: Andy Pugh 30 & 86, Elliot Bradbrook 41, Luke Wanadio 67, Tom Murphy 90+3.
TRURO CITY: Martyn Rice, Dan Smith, Jamie Richards, Alex Hartridge, Cody Cooke (Ben Adelsbury 83), Ben Gerring (Arran Pugh 78), Ryan Brett, Tyler Harvey (Niall Thompson 83), Stewart Yetton, Ollie Knowles, Andrew Neal.
Subs not used: River Allen, Les Afful.
Goals: Andrew Neal 13 & 65, Jamie Richards 78
Cautions: Ben Gerring 72
Attendance: 936
Referee: Mr Josh Smith
Assistants: Mr Ashley List and Mr Christopher Reeson