22 March 2018

Truro City 1 Havant & Waterlooville 0

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THE WHITE Tigers were at their well-organised best to complete the double over League leaders, Havant & Waterlooville, with a 1-0 win.
It was a scrappy opening to the game as neither side was able to get hold of the game.
After the visitors had enjoyed a spell of pressure, some sloppy play from them presented The White Tigers with our first chance as Cody Cooke seized upon the loose ball only to be denied by a timely intervention from Woodford.
There was a let-off for us when Strugnell cut inside and rattled the woodwork as Prior was denied by Tom McHale as he looked to capitalise on the rebound.
With the visitors looking the most likely side, Prior saw an effort whistle just past the post.
The game had a good tempo as the opening period went on with the final ball letting us down, although Niall Thompson did get in a strike that forced Young into a save.
Opportunities were proving to be few and far between at either end as both sides looked well-organised and difficult to break down and as such we went in at the break with the scoreline locked at 0-0.
The second period started with a free-kick in a promising position for The White Tigers which was delivered by Connor Riley-Lowe onto the head of Ed Palmer who went close.
With Tyler Harvey on in place of Jordan Copp, we started to ask a few more questions of our opponents and it wasn’t long before we took the lead when an inviting cross from Connor Riley-Lowe picked out the head of Harvey and he made no mistake.
It was a purposeful start to the second half by The White Tigers as our opponents were unable to get into their stride.
Carter got in a shot on the turn that Tom McHale did well to palm away as the visitors looked to find a way through a well-drilled White Tigers’ back-line.
As the clock ticked down, Hayter was brave with a header and as the ball rebounded back into his path, his low drive through a crowd of players was scrambled away from in front of goal as we breathed a sigh of relief.
We continued to frustrate our visitors who were throwing everything at us in search of a leveller, but it was not to be for them. 
This was such a well-organised and well-drilled display with everyone doing their job and working their socks off.
The victory made it three wins – and three clean sheets – in a row against three high-flying sides.WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp (Harvey), Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Yetton, Booth, Neal, Palfrey.
BOOKING(S): Owen-Evans
GOAL(S): Harvey

20 March 2018

Truro City 2 Chelmsford City 0

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THE WHITE Tigers battled out a hard-earned but deserved 2-0 victory over fellow high-flyers, Chelmsford City.
There were a few snowflakes in the air as the game got underway at a chilly Treyew Road.
It was Truro who made the brighter start in the opening exchanges and we got our reward in the seventh minute when a powerful free-kick from Ed Palmer flew into the net to open the scoring.
In the wake of the goal our visitors started to up the pressure in search of a way back into the game as Church saw his strike bravely blocked by loanee, Tom Owen-Evans and then in the next raid, Fenwick got in a stinging effort that brought the best out of Tom McHale.
The strong challenges were flying in from both sides as the opening period went on. Palmer did well to thwart a Church header and had to receive treatment as a result, whilst at the other end, Ben Harding’s strike took a deflection as Beasant saved well with his legs.
There was danger just before the half-hour mark when McHale pulled off a fine save and from the resulting corner, the ‘keeper failed to deal with an inviting ball into the area and had Ben Gerring to thank for making a vital clearance.
In the next raid Oyenuga tried his luck as the ball flew over and he was involved in the next action when he positive forward run was ended in no uncertain terms by Jordan Copp who was booked. 
The resulting free-kick was pushed away by McHale and from the corner there was a scramble in front of goal as the ball was eventually cleared.
It was becoming very much a stop-start game with the tackles flying in and Cody Cooke saw yellow for a robust challenge.
The closing stage of the first half saw Palmer become the sixth booking of the game, whilst McHale had to scramble across his goal to deny Church as we went in at the break one goal to the good.
Soon after the restart McHale was called upon to make another outstanding save to keep our lead intact.
We found ourselves under plenty of early pressure at the start of the second half and Barnum-Bobb was deny with a timely block as he got in a strike at goal.
An inviting cross from Oyenuga finds the head of Fenwick who directs his header goalwards only for McHale to make another vital save.
Some good play between Owen-Evans and Niall Thompson saw the latter denied by the ‘keeper in what was our first real effort of the second half with 66 minutes on the clock.
We were able to double our advantage when Smith was adjudged to have handled inside the area and Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up to slot home and make it 2-0.
After a raid from the visitors broke down, a long ball set Cooke away but he elected to shoot rather than pick out Rocky Neal and the ‘keeper was able to gather without too many problems.
As the clock ticked down, Harding saw a strike saved before some good running from Neal ended with him teeing up Cooke who was denied.
In the end we held out to claim a hard-earned but deserved three points against another side with play-off aspirations.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp, Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Yetton, Harvey, Booth, Neal, Palfrey.
BOOKING(S): Copp, Cooke, Palmer
GOAL(S): Palmer, Riley-Lowe (pen)

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


28 February 2018

TISA Statement on Latest Stadium for Cornwall News

We are dismayed but sadly not surprised at today’s announcement by the Stadium for Cornwall partners that they need up to £6m public funding in order that the stadium can be completed by August 2019  which is necessary to secure the future of Truro City Football Club.  What is surprising is that Cornwall Council, knowing that the S4C project was precarious and that the future of TCFC depended on it, should the developers be allowed to redevelop Treyew Road, still went ahead and approved that application.

TISA lobbied the Council, asking that if they were to approve the planning application they should at the very least, place a 106 condition on Helical Retail to place the original Silver Bow budget of £4.8m into a fund ring-fenced by the Council to go towards either the S4C or in the event that this project did not proceed, towards another permanent relocation site for TCFC.

Regrettably, the Council only required Helical to pay £2m into a ring-fenced fund allowing a payment of £2m+ to be paid directly to TCFC. 

Astonishingly, within only 48 hours of the planning application being approved, TCFC’s owners effectively put the club up for sale claiming it to be a “debt free” football club.  This leaves us to believe that the £2m+ paid by Helical to TCFC has (or soon will be) used to repay the two owners the money they put into the club in the form of directors loans.

If we are correct then, as predicted and as we warned the Strategic Planning Committee, that money rather than being available to help secure the future of Truro City is now in the pockets of departing owners, leaving the Council now expected to either conjure up a new stadium for TCFC with only £2m in the pot, or fork out up to the £6m requested today, to build the Stadium for Cornwall.

The final consideration Cornwall Council has to make is regarding the section 106 condition to approve the ‘Temporary Relocation Facility Scheme’ which could effectively move TCFC out of Cornwall to Torquay United which may in so doing, be the final nail in the Truro City Football Club coffin, with a permanent home of their own in Cornwall looking like a the faintest glimmer of hope.
Truro Independent Supporters Association (TISA)

20 February 2018

Truro City 2 Oxford City 3

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850759

For the second successive week, City surrendered a half-time lead at Treyew Road as their National League South play-off hopes suffered another serious blow.
They led relegation-threatened Oxford City 2-0 at half time, through goals by skipper Ben Gerring and Aaron Lamont, but then capitulated in the second period conceding three goals without reply to slump to another deeply disappointing defeat.
However, amazingly they are still in the seventh and final play-off spot, but there needs to be a massive improvement, starting with next Saturday’s trip to leaders Dartford, if their season is not to fade away.
Again City began well, taking an early lead when Gerring headed home Connor Riley Lowe’s corner at the far post.
And when Aaron Lamont made it 2-0 with an astute lob over Oxford keeper Craig King, after being put through by Tyler Harvey, they looked on course for a vital three points.
But despite trailing 2-0, Oxford were the better side in the first half and City’s lead flattered them.
The visitors created a number of openings in that first period, with substitute Zac McEachran crashing a shot against the bar and then Godfrey Poku’s follow-up effort was deflected over.
Tom McHale had to save well from Joe Oastler’s header and Riley-Lowe somehow cleared a Frankie Musunda effort off the line.
The closest Truro came to a third was when Harvey was just wide after being slipped in by fellow striker Rocky Neal.
City though as they did against Wealdstone last week at Treyew, then proceeded to fall apart after the break.
Oxford soon pulled a goal back when Austen Booth was adjudged to have fouled McEachran from behind and Matt Paterson converted the penalty.
City seemed at sixes and seven and it was soon 2-2 when the dangerous Samuel Nombe was granted far too much space to find the top corner with a terrific finish.
The home side were shell-shocked and when the normally reliable Jamie Richards disastrously slipped out on the left Nombe took full advantage to race clear and put Oxford 3-2 ahead.
The White Tigers tried to get back into the match without too much conviction, with Ben Harding heading over from a corner and substitute Noah Keats having a shot blocked the closest they came to an equaliser.
But in truth Oxford, who started the day in 17th, were worthy winners with City looking like a well beaten side at the final whistle as the rain poured down.
Truro City (3-5-2): McHale; Gerring (capt), Richards (Thompson 78), Hartridge; Palfrey, Harding, Lamont (Keats 81), Booth, Riley-Lowe; Neal, Harvey (Yetton 88).
Subs (not used): Todd, Copp.
Yellow Cards: Harding, Harvey.
Oxford City (3-4-3): King; Musunda, Oastler, Godwin-Malife; Jones, Fleet, Poku (capt), Grant; Nombe (Fofana 78), Paterson, Sinclair (McEachran).
Subs (not used): Forde.