04 July 2013

Truro City return to training ahead of Crewe game (by Rhod Mitchell - West Briton)

IT WAS A bit like the first day back at school when Truro City returned to training last week.

There were some new "teachers" and a host of new "pupils" as well as some more familiar faces who assembled at Carnon Downs for the first session ahead of the new season.

And "headmaster", new City boss Steve Massey, was delighted with the first day back.
He said: "We had 36 players attending and there are more who could not make it for various reasons.
"And it all went very well. Our new conditioning coach Charlie Legg has designed some new initiatives and put the boys through their paces.

"He promised me there will be no fitter team in the league and that it will be like having an extra man."


Massey, who has replaced Lee Hodges, was accompanied by assistant manager Graeme Kirkup and head coach Glynn Hooper, both former City favourites.

Deba Sidhu is also carrying on as goalkeeping coach, with Ian Leigh continuing as physio in a strong-looking managerial set-up.

Massey said he was getting close to finalising his squad after the news that Les Afful was staying on and that Matt Andrew, an attacking midfielder, would be joining from Bideford. But he stressed there was still the opportunity for other players to stake their claim for a squad place.

Goalkeeper Luke Payne and defenders Calron Hall and Ben Williams would be non-contract players at present.

"It is up to players to show what they can do and perform well and earn a contract.

"I am really excited about the squad we have. Of all the players I identified from last season's squad the only one we have missed out on is Andy Watkins (who has joined Conference South Bath City)."

Truro City's first friendly is tomorrow evening when they entertain League 1 Crewe Alexandra (7.30pm) and Massey is looking forward to the game.

"I will be giving as many players as possible a run out. The pitch is looking fantastic and I hope as many supporters as possible come along."

Rhod Mitchell


  1. The pitch is looking fantastic - Well done Mark and those who volunteered to help you.


    1. Thanks Ivor but a lot of people have made a big contribution - Pete & Pep's guys have done a lot of hardwork & I'm not sure how many Southern League Chairman would be getting stuck in rebuilding the dugouts at 7.30am in the morning. Still lot to do but to quote Ally McCoist 'we don't do walking away' at this club. M.