18 December 2011

Truro City v Hampton images and forum comments

A series of excellent photos by Richard Augarde from the match can be found via this link : Richard Augarde  There is also one superb image of the Superman strike to make the game 3 - 3.

Tiger Talk forum comments:

Another tough game..they were no walkover whatever their league position might be and had several very useful players. They'd won six of their last eight games.
Tom Brooks started in place of the injured Tim Sandercombe

Much of the game saw the ball in the air and with Watkins and Afful up front it generally came straight back.
Ash was immense but the whole team never gave up and the last couple of minutes said it all with the missed penalty( great save!) and the equaliser direct from the corner.

Smith had a good game especially in the second half playing on the right wing. Lee Hodges passed some great balls as well. Everyone played their hearts out.

Overall very good entertainment in difficult conditions from both sides.
What a strange game.

Truro played a decent passing game for the opening 20 minutes or so, taking a 1-0 lead and we looked very comfortable.

Then we changed tack, and begin hoofing it up the field for the rest of the half. Net result was that H&R took a 2-1 lead at HT.

We hit back well, Walker converting yet another penalty this season, 2-2. We pushed on and could have had another penalty (not given) and Superman narrowly missed a half-volley.

Hampton and Richmond hit us on the counter attack and worked their way into a 2-3 lead. I don't know how - their attack was pretty poor throughout the game. I reckon if we had Sandercombe, who must have been injured, and not Brooks we wouldn't have let in the 3 goals that we did.

The time wore on, the referee gave us 3 very strange and questionable free kicks all around the halfway line. From a corner we won a penalty which Walker missed. From the resultant corner we managed to lash in a very late - Fergie late - equaliser. 3-3 but I felt we should have won.

Lee Hodges played well again coming off the bench, so did Dan Smith who is improving all the time but the star was clearly Jake Ash.

Lee Hodges came off the bench and made an immediate impact

A decent save to keep a Scott Walker penalty out, the poor guy was distraught after we equalised!!  I didn't think we played that well but the guys dug in and battled and deserved to be applauded off the pitch like last week.  There certainly aren't any push overs in this league.  

I hope Hayles is back soon, we need him up front to make the ball stick, too many long balls to our forwards just invited pressure on ourselves.  I would also like to see Dan Smith working harder to close players down, defending is everyones job, but i am pleased to see him get a run of games and i think he can develop into a good player, we forget that some players are not the finished article.


i hope we get a bumper crowd on new years day and the players can give them something to cheer about.

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