20 July 2011

Truro still await first win of season

Barry Hayles in action last night at Tiverton Town
 Tiverton 3-1 Truro City

Truro are still without their first win of their preseason campaign after losing to Tiverton 3-1 on Tuesday evening. The score was perhaps unfair on the Blue Square South visitors who started the game strongly with Andy Watkins making a run down the left and squaring the ball to the awaiting Andy Taylor, only for the ball to be cleared. The resulting corner found the head of Arran Pugh but the ball was cleared off the line. Marcus Martin then shot wide after being set up by a lovely flick from Barry Hayles.
The home side then took the lead on seven minutes when Goalkeeper Tom Brooks could only direct a save into the feet of Jules Emati-Emati.
Truro then took control with Ash, Hayles and Pugh having attempts on goal before Dan Smith forced two great saves by Ryan Draper. The first came when some neat passing play fed Smith through on the left forcing Draper into making a big save. Five minutes later walker crossed the ball from the right for Smith to hit a low ball into the left corner, if not for the safe hands of Draper.
Tiverton then doubled their lead a few minutes before half time when a ball down the right found Ian Sampson who slotted past the oncoming Brooks.
Truro found themselves having the majority of the possession in the first half but trailing by two goals.
The score line was made worse for Truro when within a minute of the restart a Tiverton corner was headed by a Truro player into the path of Paul Kendall to tap home.
Truro then resumed control with Martin, Walker and Watkins having plenty of opportunities to adjust the score but the final touch seemed to be lacking from the Truro attack.
Both managers made several substitutions but the tempo of the game didn’t seem to change with Truro having most of the possession but Tiverton taking their chances.
Truro finally got a consolation goal on 82 minutes when Les Afful was fouled for Scott Walker to smash the penalty home.
The crowd of 144 including seven Truro supporters (not including players family’s) saw a good game of football which could have ended so differently had Truro been able to add some finishing touches. Credit to Tiverton though, who will certainly do well in the Evostik South and West league this year.
Brooks, Ash(S.Hayles 74), Walker, Pugh, Adams(Rhead 74), Clay(Broad 71), Taylor, Martin(Yeoman 62), Watkins(Yetton 83), B.Hayles, Smith(Afful 60)
James Rhead and Ryan Yeoman are from Lee Hodge’s Plymouth Under 18 team.
Stephen Hayles was just playing as Barry asked Lee if it was ok as he was around.
Would like to see more of these players but I thought they were looking good especially Yeoman.

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