Truro City manager Lee Hodges maintains his assertion that March is going to be an important month for the Blue Square Bet South club after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Eastleigh.
Hodges said: “Next month is a big month for us, starting this Saturday at home to Eastbourne Borough. We have seven matches in March and we need nine points from those seven games – that is the key.” A second 3-1 defeat in a row on the road means City slip to fifteenth in the table before Saturday’s game against Eastbourne.
The Sussex side are nineteenth, a place and a point above third-from-bottom Staines Town.
City remain nine points clear of the drop zone with a dozen matches remaining.
The Spitfires – managed by former Plymouth Argyle striker Ian Baird – leapt to sixth from eighth after Saturday’s Bradley Bubb-inspired victory in Hampshire.
On-loan Aldershot Town striker Bubb top and tailed the Spitfires’ success with goals in the 16th and 87th minutes.
In between, Danny Smith put the home side 2-0 up in the 27th minute before City skipper Jake Ash got the visitors back into the game on 65 minutes, after Scott Walker’s free-kick was helped on by central defender Arran Pugh.
Hodges fumed: “The frustration for me is that I know we have got goals in us. We proved that again on Saturday and last week and the week before that and the week before that.
“What let us down again is conceding soft goals, poor defending and that has cost us since the start of the season because we can score but we cannot seem to keep a clean-sheet.
“If we can keep a clean-sheet, I would back us to get three points because I know we have got goals in us.
“I would back us to score nine times out of ten.
“We have to concentrate on our defending and putting it right – starting next Saturday – because we want something from the Eastbourne game and we want to start the month with some points in the bag.”