16 March 2012

That's the City I know - Hodges

Source: Rhod Mitchell, thisiscornwall

Superb set of images of the Boreham Wood game here > RICHARD AUGARDE

TRURO City player-manager Lee Hodges at last had something to smile about as the Tigers went a long way to ensuring their place in Blue Square Bet South for next season with a crucial 2-1 win at home to Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening.

Goals by Marcus Martin and a classic second half strike by Stewart Yetton, gave City only their second win in 11 games in 2012 and was enough to take them seven points clear of the relegation places.

Speaking to the background of raucous cheers from the City supporters as he came off the pitch after playing a full 90 minutes, Hodges said: "That's the Truro City I know and came here for. The boys were on the front foot, getting tackles in and putting their bodies on the line.

"Before the game I didn't have to say much. They knew they let themselves down (at Hampton & Richmond on Saturday) and I am proud of each and every one of them tonight.

"We did really well as a team. We closed them down, put the ball in the right areas and I think we deserved the win.

"It was what we needed. Out of the last three or four games we deserved something, but did not get anything."

Hodges was also delighted with the contribution of City's man of the match Yetton. He said: "Stewart has been looking fit in training and he was disappointed that he did not start on Saturday. But he came in tonight and was brilliant and got us the winner."

Hodges knows however, that the job is still not done, with City probably needing a couple more wins at least from their remaining nine games to be sure of a second season of Step Two football.

He said: "Let's hopes it a turning point tonight, but there is still work to do."

He also praised the club's supporters for getting behind the side, saying: "I thought they were brilliant from the first to last minute and made lots of noise."

City now have two tough away games in the space of four days, with a trip to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday and a rearranged game at Basingstoke Town on Tuesday evening. But Arran Pugh and Barry Hayles are available after serving two match bans.

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