14 March 2018

St Albans 0 Truro City 1

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THE WHITE Tigers got back into winning ways with a hard-earned and battling 1-0 win at fellow play-off hopefuls, St. Albans City.
There was a cagey opening to the game as both sides looked to find their feet in the early exchanges.
It was the home side who launched the first raid when Merson did well out wide before putting in an inviting cross into the danger zone which was cleared by Ben Gerring who was alert to the danger.
We went close with ten minutes on the clock when a free-kick picked out Aaron Lamont who had found space at the far post but he directed his header just the wrong side of the post.
A strike from Murrell-Williamson was well saved by Tom McHale before we took the lead with 25 minutes on the clock as we won a penalty for a foul by the ‘keeper. Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up and calmly slotted home to make it 1-0.
Boosted by the goal we looked to add to our tally with Cody Cooke and new-boy, Tom Owen-Evans, in particular causing concern for our hosts.
A long throw-in from Merson caused problems but we managed to scramble clear, then a corner from Noble saw McHale confidently punch clear through a crowd of players.
The half ended with our opponents seeing more of the ball but finding no way through The White Tigers’ back-line which was looking solid and well-organised.
Right at the end of the opening period, we went close when an effort was well kept out by Snedker in the home goal.
It was the home side who started the second period on the front-foot as they searched for a leveller. Banton linked up well with Merson but his eventual strike lacked the necessary power to trouble McHale too much.
The Saints were looking purposeful and a free-kick caused more problems but was dealt with as we cleared out lines before launching a counter-attack that ended with Cooke denied by the ‘keeper.
We were looking a threat on the break as the home side pushed on in search of a way back into the game.
Another teasing free-kick from Noble saw McHale take charge of the situation to make a claim before the next foray forward ended with Moore-Azille putting his deft header wide of the target.
A long range strike from Murrell-Williamson sailed over for the hosts as we introduced the fresh legs of Rocky Neal.
There were a few passes going astray as the clocked ticked down and the game became a bit scrappy on a heavy surface.
The home side had load appeals for a penalty as Herd went down inside the area but the referee was unimpressed and allowed play to continue.
It was a resolute display from The White Tigers full of hard work and commitment as the players stuck to their roles and battled hard for everything.
There was a let-off late on when Bender put an effort from a good position wide and then Walker did the same when he got on the end of a high cross into the danger zone.
It was backs-to-the-wall defending in the dying minutes but we managed to survive some real pressure to secured an impressive and hard-earned victory and clean sheet against a fellow play-off hopeful.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp (Neal), Owen-Evans (Hartridge), Cooke, Harding. Subs: Hartridge, Harvey, Booth, Palfrey.
GOAL(S): Riley-Lowe (pen)


02 March 2018

Dartford 4 Truro City 1

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THE WHITE Tigers were well beaten at League leaders, Dartford, as we slipped to a 4-1 defeat.
We started with a corner within the opening minute which was cleared by our hosts as we played with the wind at our backs during the first half.
The conditions were tricky as we looked to get a foot-hold in the game early on but the opening 15 minutes were pretty evenly-matched with neither side able to take the initiative.
With Mills starting to see more of the ball for our hosts, he was posing a number of questions and was involved in the build-up to the opening goal which saw Pugh fire home from distance into the top-corner.
The goal gave Dartford a boost but we almost hit back when Cody Cooke’s effort was deflected just wide.
A cross-come-shot from Mills went just wide before the same play saw his effort fall into the path of Pavey who went close.
We were struggling to find a way to unlock the home defence in what was proving to be a frustrating afternoon.
There was a chance for the home side when Harris put in an inviting cross that saw Mills head into the path of Pavey who failed to take advantage.
A free-kick for The White Tigers with five minutes to go in the first half was fired over from a good position, whilst at the other end, Hayes’ cross was headed wide by Mills from a good position.
It was the home side that ended the opening period on top but only had one goal to show for their efforts.
Within seconds of the restart, Dartford doubled their advantage when Hayes set up Brown who made no mistake.
Worse was to follow on 48 minutes when our sluggish start to the second period was further punished as the home side made it 3-0 when Mills used the windy conditions to fire home from out wide.
We looked at sixes and sevens when Pavey broke through shortly afterwards only to fire wide and then Mills went close with a strike.
It was one-way traffic as Pugh was the next to go close as we just couldn’t get our game together.
After Hayes went close, we launched a raid at the other end but Tyler Harvey and Rocky Neal were both thwarted by a well-organised home rear-guard.
The game started to get a bit scrappy late on with too many passes going astray from both sides. The home side had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for offside.
They did get another goal late on when more tricky play from Mills ended with him causing problems and ball found its way into the net via a deflection off a Truro knee.
It summed up our day as Mills went close again in the next attack but we did manage to pull a goal back right at the death when substitute, Niall Thompson, found the net from the edge of the area to make it 4-1 and that is how the scoreline stayed.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards (Neal), Lamont (Keats), Hartridge, Harvey, Cooke (Thompson), Harding. Subs not used: Yetton, Booth.
BOOKING(S): Palmer
GOAL(S): Thompson