09 April 2014

Truro City ensure league survival and Tully confirmed as manager for next season (By Rhod Mitchell)

Truro City 2 Weymouth 1

It was a big night, both on an off the pitch for City, as they earned the win which secured their Calor League premier division status, which was followed by the news that Steve Tully will be in charge at Treyew Road next season.

Chairman Pete Masters confirmed to me after the match that Tully would be continuing as City boss next season after replacing the sacked Steve Massey with ten games of the campaign left.

Tonight’s well deserved win, courtesy of first half goals from Les Afful and Neil Slateford, after former City favourite Stewart Yetton had given the Dorset side an early lead, was only the second under Tully.

But the City chairman has obviously seen enough to give the former Exeter City and Torquay United defender the job permanently, a decision which has delighted Tully and assistant Wayne Carlisle.

And after Saturday’s poor performance in losing to Chippenham Town 3-1 at home, it was a remarkable turnaround.

The game had started disastrously for City as a cross from the left by former City player Isaac Vassell deceived Grant Fisher in the home goal hitting the bar and fell kindly for former City favourite Stewart Yetton the easiest of finishes for his 26th league goal of the season with only eight minutes gone.

But the home side quickly recovered their composure, producing some fine attacking football.

And they deservedly equalised after 23 minutes when a deep Jamie Lowry free kick was headed back by Arran Pugh for Les Afful to score with a stooping header at the near post.

City continued to push forward and deservedly took the lead just before half time with a rasping left footed Neil Slateford drive into the roof of the net.

And in the second half, City should really have added further goals as they continued to take the game to a Weymouth side who were second best for much of the half.

City squandered several great chances to make the game safe and were indebted to keeper Grant Fisher for a couple of smart saves to deny Yetton, to ensure a priceless three points.

The visitors ended the match with ten men after Jake Green was sent off late on apparently for comments made to the assistant, but by then they were a beaten side.
The win, coupled with AFC Totton losing 3-0 at home to Redditch Utd, meant City are safe from the drop.

And with more performances like this City fans will dream of being much higher up the table next season.

CITY: Fisher; Parcell, Kendall (capt), Pugh, Daw; Lowry, Green, White, Slateford (Watson 66); Cooke (Eddy 77), Afful. Sub (not used): Berrow, Copp.

Yellow cards: White (54), Lowry (65), Green (80).

WEYMOUTH: Matthews; Sharpe (Ford 74), Colwill, Hutchings, Kelly (Poole 87), Jagger-Cane (S Walker 62), Yetton (capt), Riggs, Vassell. Subs (not used): McConnell, M Walker.

Yellow cards: Jagger-Cane (23), Green (80), Riggs (88).
Red card: Green (87).
Goals: Yetton (8) 0-1, Afful (24) 1-1, Slateford (41) 2-1.
Referee: Ian Roberts (Redruth).
Crowd: 346.

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