12 November 2012

City Alerts by Mike Truscott - Monday 12th Nov

UPDATES from Farnborough 3 Truro City 2

LEE CONFIRMS: "We will be making a formal complaint to the FA about the floodlight failure and requesting a replay. We all heard a massive bang at the start of the second half and that was the bulbs popping. The whole of one side of the pitch was affected. There were four stanchions down that side, each with four lights, and some or all of those lights in each stanchion weren't working in the second half.

"It was okay for the first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half, but then it became a real issue as the natural light faded rapidly. I had no problem with the officials so far as the match was concerned and we were made to feel very welcome by the Farnborough club, who did everything they possibly could for us. But at the end of the day there was a lot of money at stake in this cup fixture and it was not an even contest - it was not a level playing field, which is all we ask for.

"The outcome was disappointing and very frustrating. It was a very open game, with both sides creating a lot of good chances. Unfortunately, we were found wanting in defence again. We have got to defend better - we left too many gaps - but once again we'd had to make a number of switches at the back. Andy Watkins' goal was an absolutely brilliant strike - he hit it superbly from 30 yards. The keeper didn't move and I don't think he even saw it until he was picking it out of the net. He's in terrific form right now and is deservedly scoring goals like this one."

NEXT FIXTURES (all League): Sat Nov 17, away to Eastbourne Borough, 3 pm; Tues, Nov 20, away to Eastleigh, 7.45 pm; Tues, Nov 27, home to Dover Athletic, NB kick-off 7 pm; Sat, Dec 1, home to Tonbridge Angels, 3 pm.

IF DOVER LOSE their FA Trophy replay against Chelmsford City tomorrow, then it is anticipated that our match with them will almost certainly be brought forward to Saturday, November 24, 3 pm.
Yesterdays Truro City SUNDAY INDEPENDENT column attached.

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