29 August 2017

Truro City 2 Weston-super-Mare 1

See match highlights here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850496

THE WHITE Tigers made a return to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Weston Super Mare on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
It was the visitors who had a great chance to take an early lead from the penalty spot, but Tom McHale, who was in such inspired form in the previous game, saved the spot-kick.
It gave us a real boost and Tyler Harvey went close to opening the scoring at the other end with ten minutes on the clock, however, he dragged his effort just wide.
We started to get into our stride as the half went on and posed a couple of questions until we won a penalty of our own on 33 minutes.
Harvey stepped up and made no mistake to open the scoring as he sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Despite the hot conditions, it was a lively encounter with plenty of endeavour from both sides.
Holding a single-goal lead going into the second half, we were searching for the all-important next goal and it duly arrived courtesy of Cody Cooke who found the net on 64 minutes.
It gave us some breathing space until our visitors managed to reduce the arrears with ten minutes to go and it made for a tense ending to the game.
McHale was called into action on a couple of occasions as Weston searched for a leveller, but we held firm to take all three points and move up to seventh place in the table.


Chelmsford City 2 Truro City 0

Matthew Johnson's header on the hour-mark put the home side ahead after a dominant frst half.
Christopher Dickson's deflected shot on 79 minutes sealed the victory, Chelmsford's fourth of the season, and ensured the Clarets remained second in the League.
City boss Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that won at Wealdstone a week ago; Ashley Miller started for the Clarets instead of Elliot Omozusi, while Mark Haines occupied Chris Bush's spot after the defender signed for Ebbsfleet United on Friday.
The hosts almost found themselves ahead early on, but Michael Spillane could not keep his header down while Scott Davies' deflected shot forced an impressive save from Tom McHale.
Chelmsford continued their pressure in the search of an opener, but Dickson could only watch as his two chances went agonisingly wide.
The visitors had a rare chance of their own midway through the first half but Andrew Neal's shot was tame and easily dealt with by Sam Beasant.
Dickson almost had an early claim for the Goal of the Season award, but his impressive over-head kick from Johnson's cross was well held by McHale.
Beasant did well to tip Ed Palmer's curled freekick over the bar, with Mark Haines receiving a yellow card for the foul just outside the box.
Spillane's poor defensive header fell to the feet of Cody Cooke in the Clarets' box, however the White Tigers' striker was unable to net from close range.
Dickson marginally missed a golden chance to score as the ball flew milimetres past his head, but two minutes later the Clarets were ahead. A fierce curled corner from Michael West met Johnson's head and the midfielder powered a header home on the hour-mark.
The home side continued to dominate towards the end of the second half, with McHale being requied to stop Lee Barnard's low driven shot.
But the Truro goalkeeper could not stop Chelmsford's second. Substitute Anthony Church did well to pull the back to Dickson and the City striker applied enough pressure to beat McHale's one-handed attempt at a save.
Shaun Batt almost had a goal of his own but, after running the length of the pitch, a low save from McHale denied the City striker.
Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Craig Braham-Barrett
4. Mark Haines
5. Michael Spillane
6. Scott Davies
7. Michael West
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Lee Barnard
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Kudus Oyenuga
12. Anthony Church (72', on for Scott Davies)
14. James Stevenson
15. Luke Daley
16. Shaun Batt (80', on for Lee Barnard)
17. Daniel Green (58', on for Kudus Oyenuga)
Truro City:
1. Tom McHale
2. William Palfrey
3. Connor Riley-Lowe
4. Ed Palmer
5. Ben Gerring
6. Jamie Richards
7. Tyler Harvey
8. River Allen
9. Andrew Neal
10. Cody Cooke
11. Ben Harding
12. Chris Todd
14. Stewart Yetton (80', on for Andrew Neal)
15. Arron Lamont (76', on for Jamie Richards)
16. Noah Keats
17. Niall Thomspon (76', on for Ben Harding)
Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: 43' Mark Haines, 46' Scott Davies.
Truro City: None.
Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Truro City: None.
Chelmsford City: 60' Matthew Johnson, 79' Christopher Dickson
Truro City: None.
Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 0-0 Truro City
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 2-0 Truro City
Attendance: 730


24 August 2017

Truro City 0 v Eastbourne Borough 1

By Kevin Anderson
It is a long, long road to Truro City – and an even longer road back unless you have something to show. But after 88 minutes of stalemate, Ryan Worrall’s (pictured) late goal seized the three points for Eastbourne Borough and ensured a happy trip home.
Jamie Howell’s side is taking shape and finding some decent form. After two early defeats, the Sports have now taken five points from three games, and their manager was understandably upbeat.
“Today has been a good day – it’s a very happy bus this evening!” commented the Gaffer, speaking from somewhere on the M27. “I’m delighted for all involved. Everyone has worked really hard over the past few weeks - we had to dig in at times, but this result allows us to now settle into a more relaxed rhythm of Saturday games, with some time to work on things in training. But that is for next week - today we can enjoy the success."
The Sports had travelled on Friday, staying in Plymouth overnight, and it was the first real chance for this newly-assembled squad to get some bonding time. Gary Charman and Will Hendon were sidelined after their Hampton red cards, but player-coach Ian Simpemba returned to produce a superb performance, at the heart of a Borough defence which withstood some battering spells from the home side.
The White Tigers had started the season strongly, and are always a tough test on their home patch. But with minimal tweaks, and without sacrificing the Borough style, Howell has introduced a bit more steel into his side, and they reduced Truro to long shots and half-chances. Bailey Vose kept the Sports goal intact with one excellent save, point-blank from striker Cody Cooke in City’s best chance of the half.
Meanwhile Charlie Harris, the former Albion 21-year-old who is catching the eye in the Eastbourne midfield, produced a blazing strike which cannoned off the Truro crossbar and away. Then a Taylor shot was deflected narrowly wide, and from the corner Simpemba’s header was saved.
After the break, Borough still looked composed and organised, although they survived one scare when City substitute Tyler Harvey struck the post.
Then, with the final whistle looming, Worrall struck the killer blow. Pouncing on a loose ball on the right side of the penalty area, he drilled a perfect shot across the keeper and into the far corner of the net: a smashing goal to cap off a heartening team performance.
Borough: Vose; Khinda-John, Simpemba, Drage, Redwood; Worrall, Torres, Harris (Ransom 71), Odubade (McCallum 45), Pinney, Taylor (Street 78). Unused subs: Horlock, Crittenden.
Referee: A. Blake Att: 412
Borough MoM: Ian Simpemba – immense at the heart of defence


21 August 2017

Truro City 1 Bath City 2

Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850464

THE WHITE Tigers slipped to our first defeat of the season at the hands of Bath City despite putting in a performance full of spirit and endeavour.
It was our visitors who had the first opportunities when a couple of free-kicks in promising positions failed to trouble Tom McHale.
Our first real chance came on the quarter-hour mark when a shooting opportunity opening up for Rocky Neal but he blazed over.
The opening goal arrived just before the half-hour mark and it was Cody Cooke who got his name onto the scoresheet.
It was a deserved goal for The White Tigers but it wasn’t long before our visitors were given a route back into the game from the penalty spot and Lemonheigh-Evans made no mistake to level matters.
We refused to let our heads drop and Cooke thought he had bagged a second as half-time approached only for his effort to be ruled out.
Things were starting to get a little scrappy as the opening period came to a close and Neal was given a yellow card amongst it all.
With a large and vocal crowd giving the team fantastic backing, the early action of the second half saw McHale save well as Bath came out of the blocks with real purpose.
It wasn’t long before they had the lead when Straker found the net on 48 minutes to give McHale no chance.
There was a booking for Keats as frustration got the better of the former Bath player. He almost grabbed an equaliser when McHale’s long free-kick from deep was headed on to him but he couldn’t beat the ‘keeper.
A free-kick from Ed Palmer wasn’t properly dealt with by the visiting ‘keeper but he managed to get away with it as the loose ball was scrambled clear.
The White Tigers made a couple of changes as we kept the pressure on in search of a leveller. There was good tempo to our play and it was giving our opponents plenty to think about.
To their credit, Bath defended resolutely to frustrate us and hold on to their lead as we tasted defeat for the first time this term.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey (Thompson 64), Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Keats, Allen, Neal (Yetton 72), Cooke (Harvey 72), Harding. SUBS NOT USED: Hartridge, Lamont


Concord Rangers 2 Truro City 2

Match Highlights here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850446

A LAST-gasp equaliser denied The White Tigers all three points at Concord Rangers.
It was the home side who came out of the blocks the brightest and they almost took the lead straight away when they had an effort cleared off the line.
We started to get a foothold in the game as the opening period went on, but it remained goalless at the break.
The second half began with a penalty for City but Rocky Neal's effort was well saved.
It gave the home side a boost and they went on to take the lead through Lewis Taaffe who finished off a neat move.
We refused to let our heads drop and got our reward as the clock ticked down when Niall Thompson played in Noah Keats who managed to guide the ball over the line on his League debut for the club.
More joy was to follow in the final minute when Thompson turned provider again, this time to set up Stewart Yetton who headed home.
There was to be a sting in the tail, though, as Taaffe popped up to make it 2-2 with virtually the last kick of what had been an entertaining second half.
Despite missing out on all three points, it extends our unbeaten start to three games.


09 August 2017

Gloucester City 0 Truro City 3

Video Highlights here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850433

It was an evening to forget for Gloucester City as a clinical Truro City took advantage of of a wasteful Tigers side, writes Kelsey De Maria . Reece King was brought into the side to replace the injured Karnell Chambers, with Tim Harris favouring Zack Kotwica over Joe Parker.
Truro made a blistering start as Gloucester went behind early on for the second time in two games.
Sam Avery was adjudged to have fouled Niall Thompson after the two fell over each other, before Ed Palmer fired a vicious free kick that Alex Harris couldn’t keep out.
It was another slow start from Tim Harris’ side but City pressed hard to get back into it.
A lull in the game followed, before Sam Avery robbed possession in midfield and tried a shot from 30 yards but he dragged his effort well wide of the target.
The play opened up in front of Mullings in space who obliged the fans calls to shoot but scuffed the strike wide.
Hanks almost caught McHale in No Man's Land from a very deep free kick as it nearly dipped under the crossbar, with the Truro stopper scrambling.
Truro had doubled their advantage with just their second shot on target. This one was a simple free header from a corner by the Truro skipper Ben Gerring.
City were lamenting what looked like stone-wall penalty not given after Ed Williams was dragged back in the box.
Kotwica found the net with a stunning volley across the goalkeeper but the play was pulled back for offside.
After the break the Tigers had a chance to get back into the game as the referee pointed to the spot after a handball in the penalty area by Gerring.
However, the penalty was tame by Ethan Moore and McHale saved easily, which really summed up the Tigers night up to that point.
Ed Williams, one of the lone bright sparks in the Tigers team tried an effort in space from 30 yards but the effort drifted over the bar.
The miserable night was compounded for City as they were caught out on the break in the final quarter of an hour led to a simple pull back for Copp to well and truly finish the game.
City kept plugging away until the very end and were denied a second penalty after more penalty shouts for handball were turned down by the referee.
The Tigers will look to put things right on Saturday when Wealdstone are the visitors to the Jubilee Stadium.

Gloucester City: Harris, Thomas (capt), Parselle, Hamilton, Avery, Mullings, Hanks, King (Cundy 72’), Moore (Morford 67’), Kotwica (Mbunga 72’), Williams. Subs not used: Parker, Forsyth

Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Palmer, Gerring (capt), Richards, Lamont (Copp 46’), Allen, Thompson (Neal 63’), Cooke (Yetton 85’), Riley-Lowe. Subs not used: Booth, Harding.


07 August 2017

Truro City 3-2 Welling United

See video here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850430

New look Welling United will be going home wondering how they left Truro City empty handed.

Having done well to come back from two down, they fell to the sucker punch of a late goal that was totally against the run of play.
Even in the early stages they had looked bright yet went behind from Truro’s first attack when Aaron Lamont tricked his way through some half hearted challenges before firing home with the aid of a deflection.
Christian Nanetti might have equalised immediately but probably hit his shot too sweetly and Tom McHale was able to save.

McHale was a relieved spectator soon afterwards when Joe Healy’s shot flashed just the wrong side of the post after Nanetti had again been too hot for the right side of the Truro defence.
Defensive frailties then came to the fore when short centre forward Niall Thompson was allowed to bring a long ball down unchallenged before turning and looking at his options. His shot that went wide may not have been the best choice.

Chris Lewington then had to be watchful as a River Allen shot took a nasty bobble in front of him and he had to see it out for a corner.
Healy had a shot blocked, Ben Jefford had a cross that was caught in the wind and had to be taken by McHale, and Tom Bradbrook headed over from Connor Dymond’s cross as Welling looked for an equaliser.
Having failed to level, they went further behind just before the break when they again allowed Thompson to bring a long ball down unopposed. This time he did not waste the opportunity and found Allen whose crisp first time pass sent Cody Cooke free to finish with aplomb.

Stunned Welling could have conceded again when Lamont fired over from the edge of the area.
At half time, player-manager Jamie Coyle made a substitution that allowed Dymond more freedom and as a result, Welling bossed the second period.

Almost immediately, McHale made a stunning save from Bradbrook who had redirected Bradley Goldberg’s shot.
Coyle then pulled one back five minutes into the second half when heading home Nanetti’s corner. Nine minutes later, he equalised with another header from Nanetti’s long free kick.

Although chances were few and far between, Welling enjoyed more of the possession and substitute Alfie Pavey caused a threat every time it came to him.
Ian Gayle was disappointed not to hit the target with a header from a Dymond corner but that paled into insignificance when Truro went ahead in stoppage time with a bizarre goal. Allen’s hopeful deep cross caught in the wind and held up enough to clip the top of the far post and go in.

There was no time for a response and the final whistle blew consigning Welling with a long journey home with nothing to show for it.

Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Todd, Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Neal 67), Allen, Thompson (Yetton 67), Cooke (Copp 67), Harding.
Subs not used: Booth, Riley-Lowe.

Welling United: Lewington, Dymond, Jefford, Parkinson, Coyle, Gayle, Nanetti (Pattisson 80), Healy, Bradbrook (Pavey 66), Goldberg, Ajala (Durojaiye 46).
Subs not used: Joseph-Dubois, Francis.

Truro City:
Goalscorers: Lamont 10, Cooke 45, Allen 90
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None

Welling United:
Goalscorers: Coyle 50, 59
Yellow cards: Parkinson, Durojaiye, Healy
Red cards: None

Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Ciaran Barlow and  Scott Robertson

Attendance: 506

Welling star player: Connor Dymond
Pictures supplied by Dave Budden.