27 December 2014

Truro City 5 Bideford 0

BIDEFORD were brushed aside by Truro City in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division as they lost 5-0 in the Boxing Day clash.
Shane White, Cody Cooke and three ex-Bideford players – Matt Wright, Ben Gerring and Craig Duff – did the damage as the White Tigers extended their winning run in the league to six games.
After seven minutes, Chris McGrath’s clearance was picked up by Shane White and the wing-back slotted home to give Truro the lead.
The former Bideford partnership of Rob Farkins and Gerring looked solid at the heart of the home side’s defence as they kept close tabs on Ben Watson.
The pace of Isaac Vassell, another who has turned out for Bideford, proved menacing throughout and 25 minutes in the forward snuck past Matt Villis. His shot was parried by goalkeeper Grant Fisher but Wright poked the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0.
The Robins had several good opportunities from set-pieces but they failed to provide a threat on goal before the close of the half with a lack of aerial presence.
In the second period Truro set about killing the game off as Cooke found himself free in the box and beat Fisher, who was frozen on his line, to make it 3-0 on 49 minutes.
The fourth came five minutes later as Gerring headed home from a set-piece, showing the Robins how it is done.
Truro made three substitutions on 65 minutes and the game fizzled out as Biddy steadied the ship at the back with Nick Milton replacing Sam Chaney.
But a minute from time substitute Les Afful threaded through Duff to neatly tuck away the ball and claim a romping 5-0 win for Truro who climb to fourth while Bideford remain sixth from bottom.


CITY: Burns; Farkins, Gerring, Pugh; White, Ash (capt), Duff, Cooke (Green 65), Greenslade; Wright (Hayles 65), Vassell (Afful (65).
Subs (not used): Tully, Moore (GK).
Yellow cards: Duff.

BIDEFORD: Fisher; Sampson, Reed, Veal, Villis, McGath, Groves, Parcell (Barker 80), Watson (Squires 76), Chaney (Milton 51), Wood, Squires. Sub (not used): Harrison.
Yellow cards: Groves, McGath,

GOALS: White (7) 1-0, Wright (25) 2-0, Cooke (50) 3-0, Gerring (53) 4-0, Duff (90+1) 5-0.

Referee: Matt Eva.               

23 December 2014

Truro City 7 Histon 2

CITY came back from the shock of conceding an early goal to make it five league wins in a row as their promotion challenge continued to gather pace.
A hat-trick from Isaac Vassell, two from substitute Les Afful and one apiece from Matt Wright and Cody Cooke gave City’s fans an early Christmas present.
The home side’s performance was even more creditable as the squad had been stricken with a sickness bug during the week which had prevented them training and kept Niall Thompson and Dan Green out of the squad.
And a number of the players who did start were still suffering from the after effects.
Certainly, City made a slow start as the Cambridgeshire visitors went ahead after seven minutes, with Nick Freeman finishing well following a quick break.
However, City quickly regrouped after a dodgy 20 minutes, with Vassell heading them level after 24 minutes from Shane White’s right wing cross.
Buoyed by the goal,  City took went ahead with excellent Matt Wright’s first time near post finish from another White cross.
It got better for City before the break, with Vassell on hand to make it 3-1 after Histon keeper Denzal Gerrar lost the ball under challenge from Wright.
City began the second half in electric style with Vassell forcing the ball over the line for his hat-trick when  Gerrar found Cody Cooke’s shot too hot to handle.
Vassell, who was feeling unwell, was then replaced by Afful and he made an immediate impact, volleying home for his first goal of the season from Wright’s knock down.
At 5-2 up, City were home and dry and they  continued to create chances before Histon pulled a goal back with 17 minutes left  thanks to a smart  finish from Ashley White.
City though were far from finished as Afful and Cooke both found the net to complete another impressive win for City, who stay seventh in the Evo Stick Southern premier division table ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Bideford (3pm).
CITY: Burns; Farkins, Gerring, Pugh; Ash, Duff; White (Carlisle 71), Cooke, Greenslade, Vassell (Afful 52), Wright. Subs (not used): Tully, Moore.
Yellow cards: None.
HISTON:  Gerrar; McDonald, White, Key, Wall (capt) ( Relizano 56), Rubens, Fulcher (Libertucci 56), McGeorge, Phillips, Lowe (Clark 56), Greeman. Subs (not used): North. McCoy.
Yellow card: White.
Goals: Freeman (7) 0-1, Vassell (24) 1-1, Wright (28) 2-1, Vassell (36) 3-1, Vassell (46) 4-1, Afful (54) 5-2, White (73 ) 5-2, Afful (82) 6-2, Cooke (84) 7-2.
Crowd: 366.
Referee:  Mark Derrien.

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20 December 2014

Arlesey Town 2 v Truro City 3

IF CITY are to fulfil their promotion dream they are not always going to be able to do it in style.
And Saturday's win at the Armadillo Stadium was a case in point, as Steve Tully's side made it four league wins in a row and a sixth in seven games.
The victory was not a thing of beauty on a difficult pitch, but it was all about the three points as the visitors showed the grit they will need to maintain their challenge in what looks sure to be a very tight promotion race,
Every point is going to be precious and Saturday's three points in Bedfordshire were hard earned by a City side who were rarely at their best.
After conceding an early goal, it was always going to be a tough afternoon but goals from Matt Wright, a controversial first of the season from skipper Jake Ash and one from a rejuvenated Cody Cooke took the visitors over the line.
And even manager Steve Tully admitted they had "won ugly".
He said: "We had to dig in and grind out a result. We did not play very well and that includes me, I was poor.
"When you give a team down the bottom a goal start it always makes it difficult, but I am delighted with the three points. It is always a good sign if you can pick up the wins when you are not at your best."
There were two "new" faces in the City line up and four changes in all from the team that thrashed Hereford United in their previous outing.
In came on loan young Bristol Rovers left back Danny Greenslade and a more familiar face in central defender Ben Gerring, who has signed on non-contract terms from Conference South side Hayes & Yeading.
Manager Steve Tully also brought himself into the defence, with Cody Cooke earning a starting place after his hat-trick when he came on as a sub against Hereford. Both Ed Palmer and ever present Rob Farkins were out suspended, while Ryan Brett (foot) missed out through injury and top scorer Craig Duff dropped to the bench after a quiet recent spell.
City did not make an auspicious start, as a good finish by Kim Forsythe put the home side after 12 minutes, converting a cross from Nathan Hilaire.
But the visitors managed to regroup and got back on level terms by half time with Matt Wright heading home at the near post from a Dan Green corner after 28 minutes.
That was the way it stayed until half time, but at the start of the second half City got their noses in front when Ash forced Greenslade's corner over the line, though the home side were convinced a hand had been involved.
And when Cooke made it 3-1 with fine left footed low drive, to take his tally to four in two matches, it looked like it was going to be comfortable for City.
But the visitors could not relax as Arlesey scored a second through Hallelujah Basmel with 25 minutes left.
However, this City side looks like it is made of the right stuff as they held on for another vital three points in their last away game of 2014.

ARLESEY TOWN: Thompson; Tavernier, Willett, Powell, Sage, Longdon, Hilaire, Hatch, Forsythe, Basmel (McGovern 70), Kabuye (Summerfield 83). Subs (not used): Carr, Hackney, Charles.
TRURO CITY: Burns; Gerring, Tully, Pugh, Wright, Green, Ash (Thompson 82), Cooke, Greenslade, Hayles (Duff 57), Wright. Subs (not used): Afful, Vassell, Moore.
Yellow cards: None.
Goals: Forsythe (12) 1-0, Wright (28) 1-1, Ash (46) 1-2, Cooke (56) 1-3, Basmal (62) 2-3.
Crowd: 121.
Referee: D Appleby.
City man of the match (chosen by Steve Tully): Danny Greenslade.


07 December 2014

Truro City 6 v Hereford United 0

Truro Hammer Bulls

Truro City defeated Hereford United 6-0 this afternoon with five of the goals coming in the second half.

The goals came from 42 year old Barry Hayes (2), Cody Cook (3) and Isaac Vassell.

Hereford manager Jon Taylor was 'sent to the stands' after 38 minutes  for 'some out of place comments'.
Later he was pictured just behind the dug-out. The referee then had another word or two with him after he had tried 'to relay instructions from the stand behind he dug out'.

Taylor sent to the stands but didn't have far to go. Pic - Jeff Reines, Twitter.
The defeat will be a savage blow to Hereford's aspirations to reach the play-offs this season.

According to Radio Cornwall, Hereford's day was summed by their sparse following who were singing the Beach Boys number 'I feel so broke up I wanna go home'.

Afterwards Truro manager Steve Tully gave his reaction.

"I thought the lads played really well and their second half performance deserved what happened.

"The pitch was bobbly and the way Hereford set up nullified our 3/5/2.

"We changed our formation to accomodate that and we were glad we got to 1-0 by half-time.

"And the way the lads played second half was a credit to them."

The referee gave out three yellow cards to Hereford.

However despite their defeat Hereford remain in 14th place with 29 points from 24 games.  

Attendance 421

03 December 2014

Truro City 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 (by Darren Kelly)

City’s hopes of reaching the first round of the FA Trophy came to an end as they lost a full blooded third round qualifying round tie in which both teams ended with ten men.
First to go after 67 minutes was Hemel defender Arthur Lee for a second yellow and six minutes later City’s Ed Palmer followed him for a challenge on Oliver Hawkins who was unable to continue.
All the goals had come in the first half, with the Conference South side’s skipper Jordan Parkes putting the visitors ahead after only four minutes with a superb 25 yard strike as City held off.
But Matt Wright, with his third goal in two matches, got City back on level terms just before the half hour when he forced the ball past Hemel keeper Laurie Walker as they challenged for a high ball.
However, Hemel regained the lead in first half stoppage time when Zane Banton finished off a fine counter-attack with City appealing in vain for offside.
In the second half City piled forward in search of an equaliser and went close on several occasions.
And when midway through the half Lee, who subsequently had to be helped off pitch, saw red following a challenge on Cody Cooke, having been booked earlier, City looked favourites to at least force a replay.
But Palmer soon followed him for his tackle on Hawkins , as City surrendered their numerical advantage.
And hard though they pushed the home side could not find the net as they threw everything into attack as they saw their five match winning streak come to an end.
TRURO CITY: Burns; James (Afful 81), Tully, Pugh, Farkins, White, Green, Palmer, Duff, Hayles (Cooke 58), Wright (Vassell 75). Subs (not used): Moore (GK).
Yellow cards: Wright, Farkins, Hayles.
Red card: Palmer (73).
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD: Walker; King, Lee, Parkes, Asafu-Adjaye, Diarra, Sanders, Daly, Hawkins (Connolly 76), Banton (Reynolds 54), Potton.
Goals: Parkes (4 ) 0-1, Wright (29) 1-1, Banton (45+1) 1-2.
Yellow cards: Walker, Parkes, Hawkins, Asafu-Adjaye.
Red card (Lee (67) two yellows
Crowd: 379.