29 January 2014

Truro City denied victory by last gasp Stourbridge equaliser (by Rhod Mitchell, West Briton)

Stourbridge 2 Truro City 2

City conceded a soft late equaliser to miss out on their first Calor League premier division win of 2014 on Tuesday evening.

Ben Watson’s goal nine minutes from time, to give City the lead for the second time, looked enough to clinch the points after a long trip to the West Midlands..

But a misjudgment by Arran Pugh, who had been struggling with a gashed leg, allowed Kayleden Brown to score his second goal of the night to deny the visitors victory.

It was City’s fifth draw in their last eight games, only one of which they have lost, and again showed the team’s improvement in recent months.

City had not been in action since drawing 1-1 at home to Stourbridge on January 11 and not surprisingly they looked a little rusty early on and had to ride their luck in the first half, as the home side twice hit the bar through Billingham and Richards.

But City defended well and took the lead after 27 minutes with a great strike by man of the match Olly Brokenshire, who was playing in a new role just behind Watson, with Jamie Lowry not travelling because of a family illness.

And it was a lead they held until the 53rd minute when Brown got a slight head on to Ben Billingham’s free kick to beat Grant Fisher.

City continued to play well and after Watson’s goal looked odds on to win.

Both Watson and Brokenshire had the chance to make the game safe immediately before Stourbridge salvaged that last gasp equaliser.

And it all left City boss Steve Massey happy with his team’s performance but frustrated that against they had been unable to get the win.

He said: “The performance was very good but it is frustrating to come so close again and not win, but it just shows how far we have come as a team.”

City have another long trip this Saturday when they travel to play Redditch Utd (3pm).

City (4-4-1-1): Fisher; Tully, Pugh, Kendall, Daw (White 60); Cooke, Broad, Green, Afful; Brokenshire; Watson. Subs (not used): Sims, Copp, Eddy, Gildin (gk).

Goals: Brokenshire (27) 0-1, Brown (53) 1-1, Watson (81) 1-2; Brown (89) 2-2.

Crowd: 260

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