26 August 2012

Truro City v Salisbury City match report

Ryan Brett’s second half-equaliser kept Salisbury City’s unbeaten run going in the pouring rain at Treyew Road, writes Joel Holt, Salisbury City.

Kieffer Moore put the home side ahead with an early tap-in, but his strike was cancelled out by Brett’s equaliser in the 66th minute.

On a slippery surface and in a strong wind on the bank-holiday weekend, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock.

Truro, who recently lost their chairman and are struggling financially, raced into a seven minute lead after Moore stuck home Dan Green’s cross from two-yards out.

But the visitors, in their colorful yellow and blue away strip – should have replied soon after, as Brian Dutton’s glancing header was blocked by Tim Sandercombe.

Another chance went begging as Chris McPhee played the ball into the path of Jamie White who steered his attempt inches wide.

The Whites should have then been punished for some sloppy defending minutes before the break.

Firstly, Moore drove an effort straight into the body of Willem Puddy, and then a lob from Andy Watkins, nearly found its way into the bottom corner.

Straight into the second-period the visitors brightened up. Substitute Theo Lewis teed up White, who at full-stretch pointed his header slightly wide.

Salisbury pushed men forward in search of a response and it finally arrived on the 66th minute.

McPhee whipped in a cross, which White attacked from Dan Fitchett’s knock-down and that forced a low save from Sandercombe, but he could not prevent Brett from smashing home the rebound in front of the travelling supporters.

The visitors pressured the Truro goal again, this time White fired a header wide.

A controversial decision in the closing stages could have changed the overall outcome. White was clipped inside the area by Lee Hodges, but was denied a strong penalty claim.

And aside from Brett’s late effort sailing over the bar, both sides had to settle for a point.

Boss Darrell Clarke said: “I thought the game was there for the taking and that’s why I’m a little bit disappointed and frustrated.”

“The quality at times and decision making was a little bit poor, yet we still created enough decent chances to win the game.

“Fair play to the boys, its their third game in a week, and got seven points out of nine, so I can’t be too harsh on them.”

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