28 January 2012

Truro City v Staines Town

Saturday 28th January 2012
Truro City 2 v 1 Staines Town
Treyew Road
3pm KO


At Treyew Road it was a beautiful sunny day, there was a blue sky, it was a bit nippy, but with no wind, the Truro faithful that had turned up knew that this was going to be an entertaining game, and that is what it turned out to be.
Focusing on the game, Truro City had resolved their goalkeeping crisis, for now at least, with the signing of 19 year old Ollie Chenoweth from rivals Plymouth Argyle on an initial one month loan deal.  Chenoweth went straight into the starting line up with former Premiership striker Barry Hayles, who started his first match since coming back from injury earlier this month.

New arrivals from the reserve team Danny Carne and Scott Palmer were on the bench alongside Marcus Martin.
From the outset, you could see that both teams were here to win the game.  Truro (who were playing towards the clubhouse end) started the game really well and from the outset piled on the pressure. Staines had brought their share of fans down and they themselves were making sure that they were heard.

In the 12th minute came one of the best passages of the game. They only downfall was that it didn’t result in a goal. The move included Barcelona-style play, with some spectacular passing to feet, the ball ended up falling to Joe Broad, who ended up having his shot saved by the Staines keeper.

As the first half went on, it wasn’t as entertaining, not from a Truro point of view anyway.  Staines had their moments in this half and they had a ten minute spell where they were creating all the pressure. As usual, Truro stuck to their task, and as they had been doing for most of the afternoon, kept the pressure going.
Into the second half and as the first half had started, Truro once again piled on more pressure.  The first ten minutes of the second half were all Truro. Staines started to find their feet, and had a good shot of their own, that was well saved by Ollie Chenoweth in the Truro goal.

The Truro fans as usual were making their voices heard, with the atmosphere through the second half as always being fantastic. It was also nice to see fans favourite Stewart Yetton join the fans in the stands, mixing in with the crowd, and he himself, despite being out injured, looked like he was having a whale of a time.

The laughter soon stopped however, as the away side took the lead.  Lack of communication at the back seeming to be the reason for a somewhat sloppy goal.  This resulted in one youngster being replaced by another, as Cody Cooke made way for Danny Carne, who was making his debut for the first team today.

Carne made a positive impact on the game as soon as he came on the field, even though he was being tightly marked, he seemed to be wriggling in and out of defenders, and looked like one to watch for the future.

Then came the turning point of the game. Truro had a corner, Les Afful took it.  The corner came swinging in, the ball was flicked on at the near post and Andy Watkins was there to bundle the ball into the back of the net, with the home fans going wild.

Shortly after the goal, Joe Broad was replaced by Marcus Martin, who as expected, made an impact and looked very comfortable playing in the middle of the park for Truro.

With ten minutes to go Truro piled on more and more pressure, looking for the winner, but despite the pressure the goal wasn’t coming, with the goalkeeper making a brilliant save on the line to deny Truro what would’ve been the winner.

With eight minutes to go, Truro decided to give the other youngster on the bench Scott Palmer a run out.  He replaced Barry Hayles. Palmer looked very quiet when he first came on, but with five minutes to go he had the chance to shine, and be a hero.

The ball fell to him, from about 12 yards he tried a bicycle kick, he messed that up, but fortunately for Truro the ball fell to Andy Watkins, who then hit a stunning volley with his left foot into the far corner of the Staines goal to give Truro a 2:1 lead, the goal had seen Stewart Yetton and the fans go wild. During the last five minutes of the game Truro looked very comfortable, but they weren’t finished yet, as a ball was sent over the top, and the ball fell to Danny Carne eight yards out, Carne attempted to bring the ball down, as he attempted to do that the ball had ran away from him, resulting in a goal kick. This didn’t spoil Carne having a great afternoon, playing so well for the club on his first appearance.

This is what seemed to be the last attacking play of the match, and referee Richard Martin brought an end to what was a very entertaining Blue Square Bet South fixture on a wonderful afternoon.

The result lifted Truro up to 11th in the Table.
MOTM: Andy Watkins – He never gave up all afternoon. He chased every ball down, used his pace effectively and scored the all-important two Truro goals.
Report by Jacob Englefield (Truro Fans Author)

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