26 July 2012

Carl Fletcher hails Truro and performance from his players in 'decent workout' in Cornwall

Source: This is Plymouth, Evening Herald.

CARL FLETCHER was full of praise for Truro City and their manager Lee Hodges after Argyle beat them 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Treyew Road on Tuesday.

Truro have been beset by financial difficulties over recent times, and the future of the Conference South club is still uncertain.

As a result, several of City's most experienced players, such as former Argyle striker Barry Hayles, have moved on.

Hodges, a former promotion-winning midfielder with the Pilgrims, is now trying to rebuild his squad.
The 38-year-old, who was a second half substitute against Argyle on Tuesday, is expected to use his close contacts at Home Park to add a couple of loan signings.

Goalkeeper Ollie Chenoweth and winger Isaac Vassell, both Cornish-born products of the Pilgrims' youth set-up, had spells with City last season.

Fletcher thought Truro gave Argyle a good test on Tuesday, and was particularly impressed with the state of the playing surface.

The Pilgrims' boss told Herald Sport: "We have a good relationship with Hodgie and the pitch was fantastic.

"Hodgie told me a few of the fans came and sorted it out for them because he was worried about it.
"That's great team spirit for your club from the local community."

It was the sixth successive pre-season that Argyle had played Truro, and they have won all of the contests.

Fletcher said: "We know when we come to Truro it's always a tough game for us. I made the players aware of that.

"The workrate was there, so I was pleased with that. I thought we kept the ball reasonably well, created a few chances and could have had more goals.

"It was a good, decent workout for the lads, I think."

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