28 October 2013

Cambridge match report by Rhod Mitchell

Truro City 0 Cambridge City 1

Truro’s search for their first home Calor League premier division win of the season goes on after they went down to fifth defeat in seven games at Treyew Road.

An early goal by Josh Dawkin was enough to give the visitors the win, which moved them up into fourth in the table.

City battled hard for an equaliser, but the ball just would not run for them in front of goal.

They probably deserved a point from the game, but the result leaves them fourth from bottom of the table ahead of Tuesday night’s massive home game against fellow strugglers AFC Totton.

And under pressure City boss Steve Massey after the game blasted a handful of “uneducated” supporters who had criticised him as he left the pitch.

“No one is more disappointed than me and the players,” he said.

“I thought we played really well against a top six side and showed what we are capable of.
“In the second half I honestly thought it was going to come.

“This is the time for everyone to stay strong. We all believe what we are doing. There is some thing very special in that dressing room and we will prove it in time.”

Truro began brightly enough, with Les Afful heading over from Liam Eddy’s right wing cross, while Cody Cooke brought a good save out of Enol Ordonez and Paul Kendall headed over.

But from their first meaningful attack after 11 minutes Cambridge went ahead when Dawkin beat Ollie Chenoweth with a rather scuffed shot into the bottom corner.

The goal knocked City out of their stride and Dawkin went close to a second, with Chenoweth denying top scorer Adam Marriott.

In the second half, with the wind at their backs, City had the lion’s share of the pressure.

Eddy shot into the side netting, while Cooke shot over from 12 yards with Ordonez denying both Afful and Eddy in hectic finale with Kendall heading wide of the far post at the death.

The visitors also had their chances as City left gaps at back, with Chenoweth denying Marriott and Will Lawton having a shot deflected just over.

But it was City who were left frustrated at the final whistle and will hope their luck in front of goal changes against AFC Totton.

Truro City: Chenoweth; Tully, Pugh, Kendall (capt), White (Sims 85); Lowry; Cooke (Slateford 77), Broad, Brokenshire (Evans 77); Afful, Eddy. Subs (not used): Copp, Watson.
Yellow cards: None
Cambridge City: Ordonez; Ramm, Brighton, Lawton, Chaffey (capt), Farrell, Lewis, Beech, Marriott, Beasant, Dawkin (Allen 64). Subs (not used): Prada, Pepper, Midgley.
Yellow cards: Lewis.
Half-time: 0-1.
Goals: Dawkin (11) 0-1.
Crowd: 350.
City man of the match: Steve Tully.
Referee: Andrew Quin (Plymouth).

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