By Rhod Mitchell LINK
Billericay Town 2 Truro City 1
After all their off the field problems during the summer, Truro City were denied a morale boosting opening day Blue Square Bet South point at league newcomers Billericay when the Essex side scored a last gasp winner despite being down to ten men.
It was tough on the Cornish visitors, who travelled with just 13 players and looked to have done enough to take at least a point from the game playe din swwltering heat.
But it was the home side who took the lead after 21 minutes when poor marking allowed Chris Wild to head home from close range from a corner.
City though kept in the game and drew level early in the second half when Wild, under pressure from debutant Keiffer Moore, put through his own net.
And it got better for Truro when Billericay had Sam May red carded for an off the ball incident with City skipper Jake Ash, with more than half an hour of the game to go.
However, Truro were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority and in the final minute slack defensive play by City allowed Sam Lechmere to net from close range at the far post to deny City even a point to take back on the long road home to Cornwall.
And it all left City boss Lee Hodges a very disappointed man.
He said: "I thought we dominated the game but were not clinical enough in front of goal and defensively we must improve.
"But I could not fault the boys for the effort they put in. A point would have been brilliant but we have got to pick ourselves up for Tuesday."
City start their home campaign against Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday (7.45pm).
City: Sandercombe; Green; Williams, Pugh, Cooke, Ash Kelly, Afful, Adelsbury (Carne 87), Moore, Broad. Subs: Carne, Hall.