17 October 2013

Fans and club united after forum success (by Lee Hall of the West Briton)

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'WE'RE all in this together'.

That was the message from Truro City chairman Peter Masters when he met supporters at a fans' forum at Treyew Road on Tuesday night.

Masters chaired the open meeting, where he was joined by vice chairman Philip Perryman, manager Steve Massey, and coaches Glynn Hooper, Graeme Kirkup and Deba Sidhu.

On the whole, supporters were very happy with what they heard in an open a frank discussion, as a number of issues were raised during the course of the evening.

Masters began by telling fans that the move from Treyew Road was 'inevitable', but with discussions ongoing, there were no guarantees when that might be. He was vociferous, though, in stating the club would only leave 'if the deal was right' and again threw his support behind the 'Stadium for Cornwall' campaign.

Masters was equally passionate when it came to supporting his manager, who has been under pressure in recent weeks after a poor run of results.

But Masters, who was among the 60+ visiting fans who watched City end their five-match losing streak at Banbury on Saturday (match report page 116), has vowed to stick by the manager.

He said: "There has been pressure on Steve, but we are on a journey together and we will finish it."

Massey was also asked about the role of striker Liam Eddy, who came off the bench to score the winning goal on Saturday.

The City boss, who has used Eddy seven times from the bench this season, insists the player has a big future at the club.

He said: "Liam has come up from four steps below. That's like one of our players going up to play in League Two for Exeter or Plymouth.

"His goal on Saturday summed up the potential he has. He has pace, power and he can finish.

"It does take time, the pace of the game is quicker, but he is learning all the time.

Impact:

"He has been much better coming off the bench as an impact player. I don't see him as that sort of player in the long term, but for now he's learning his trade.

"Ben Watson has been with us two or three games and Liam is already learning from him.

"He is going to be a great star for this football club."

Supporters were also keen to know more about the club's transfer policies, and as he was throughout the evening, Masters was frank and honest.

He said: "Steve has been very careful with who we have under contract, and he's not threw money at it.

"We have a good budget, but if Steve wants to make another signing we would have to move a player out."

Massey confirmed that former Exeter City full-back Steve Tully remains a target, but discussions are ongoing.

At the end of the meeting a minute's silence was observed in memory of the club's former president Ricky Prosser, who died at the weekend (full story on page 116).

Speaking to West Briton Sport after the forum, Massey felt the forum was a big success.

He said: "I thought it was a really positive evening. People who wanted to have a say had a say, which is what it's all about.

"It was nice to put our point of view across as well because some people might not have been aware of the full facts."

Massey turns his attention to the FA Trophy this weekend as City travel to Tiverton Town, who are managed by former Porthleven boss John Clarkson.

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