Recalled striker Liam Eddy’s eighth goal of the season gave City only their second home Calor League premier division win of the season.
It was also their first clean sheet of the season apart from the 1-0 win at Hinckley, in a game which was subsequently erased from the record books when Hinckley folded.
City then had to survive an anxious few minutes and were indebted to keeper Grant Fisher, on his home debut, for a flying late save to turn away Harvey Headley’s goalbound near post drive at the end.
It was a deserved win for a City side showing five changes form the that started at Hungerford, with Fisher, Warren Daw, Shane White, Jordan Copp and Eddy coming in for Ollie Chenoweth (unavailable), Steve Tully (injured), Jamie Lowry (unwell), Neil Slateford and Jordan Pearce who both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by new signing Dan Green.
The first half was a pretty lacklustre affair with Fisher saving well from Omari Sterling-Jones, while Les Afful struck the woodwork just before the break.
But the main talking point was an unseemly fracas involving many from both sides, following a tackle on Eddy, in front of the dug out midway through the half, which saw four players booked, including Paul Kendall and Jordan Copp.
After the break, City began to take a grip on the game and several half chances went begging before Eddy struck.
It was then a case of digging in to ensure a return to winning ways and send City three places up to 15th in the table.
CITY: Fisher; White, Kendall (capt), Pugh, Daw; Afful (Green 78), Cooke, Broad, Copp (Slateford 71), Eddy, Watson. Subs: (Not used); Tully, Pearce.
Redditch Utd: Hornby; Recci, Balinger, Oshungbure, Mutton, Slade, Price, Sammons, Headley, Patterson (Bridgwater 71), Sterling-Jones. Subs (not used); Molyneux, Catlon, Caines, McDonald.
Goals: Eddy (71) 1-0.
Referee: Andrew Bennett (Okehampton).
Selected TT Forum comments:
Somerset Spur said:
Yesterdays result gave me more satisfaction,than any other home game ,this season.
It showed me that we have learnt something this season.
We were telling ourselves that after the Bideford game ,the new squad had to adjust and get used to this League.
Against Redditch.we grew up.The Brawl in front of the dugout,and the handbags that were thrown in the Shed End,2nd half,showed that Truro City can now win ugly and will not be intimidated on or off the field.
Roll on Hemel.
MidCornwall White said:
OK - maybe not a brilliant performance, but how many times this season have we played well and come away with nothing - especially at Home ?
If you look at all the successful teams they are able to 'grind' out a result - which is exactly what City did today.
I thought that on the overall balance of play, City just shaded it - Redditch were not spectacular but were no mugs - you still have to beat the 'average' sides !
Redditch probably had the better direct shots at goal, but we played some good football at times and got more 'stuck in'.
My only disappointment was the number of bookings - never a dirty match, apart from that one flare up in the first half - I never had a close view of the incident, as I was on the other side of the ground, but someone said it was a diabolical tackle on Eddy.
Another mediocre Ref - where the heck did he lose the 5 minutes for Eddie's injury to at the end of the first half - I know they have to obey the letter of the law, but I wish some old fashioned common sense would prevail at times - Joe Broad's booking for handball for instance.
So , overall, I felt it was a more spirited, solid performance - helped by some good goalkeeping by the new 'keeper and playing 2 up front from the start - you've always got a chance then to keep a clean sheet and perhaps nick a goal or 2 up the other end.
Also, a word of credit for Steve Massey - I know he has come in for a lot of criticism ( and my jury is still out on him to be honest from the team's point of view) ,but he came over to us at the end of the game, shook our hands, and thanked us for our support - top guy in that respect !