10 April 2012

City Alerts - Lee's view by Mike Truscott

Dorchester Town 2 Truro City 3

"I thought we were outstanding at Dorchester yesterday, with a really good all-round professional performance in very difficult conditions. We did well to hold on in the first half when we were playing against a fierce wind, and then when their keeper made a mistake and Arran Pugh scored for us that put us in a great half-time position.

Unfortunately, we didn't get going at the start of the second half and they equalised, but then Martin Gritton put us back in the lead with a real Thierry Henry sort of goal from an angle and Andy Watkins got the third to make the game safe.

"We were grateful to goalkeeper Tom Brooks re-signing for us for this match after Ollie Chenoweth was called back by Argyle, under the terms of his loan agreement with us. I got the call from Argyle at 11 o'clock on Easter Sunday, so it didn't exactly make for the most relaxing Easter!

Tom's re-signing was a one-off. He will be back with his present club, Bovey Tracey, this Saturday, so if Argyle still need Ollie then I will be searching for another goalkeeper.

"At Dorchester I freshened things up a bit with a number of changes. I had always planned to do that anyway, but in the event Joe Broad had a tight hamstring and Les Afful still had a really sore shoulder from Saturday.

I was able to start Cody Cooke in central midfield for the first time. That's his favoured position and he did brilliantly. You never know in football, but looking at the League table and the remaining fixtures for everyone, we should be safe for another season at this level if we beat Bromley on Saturday. Hopefully, the fans will turn up in numbers and raise the volume to see us over that final line.

"Against Havant last Saturday, I thought we deserved a point and was very disappointed by some of the refereeing decisions. Quite simply, if the penalty they got was okay then our Les should also have won a penalty when he was brought down at the other end.

I was also disappointed with the yellow card for Stewart Yetton. He won the ball, but it was another example of the sort of tackle referees seem determined to stamp down on nowadays.

Overall, it wasn't a pretty game, but we didn't deserve to lose. It was the sort of game that looked more likely to end as a draw for two teams safe from relegation."

Mike Truscott

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