03 February 2015

Truro City 2 Burnham 1

An eighth successive home win moved City up to third in the Evo-Stik Southern premier division table, but they were given a real fight by the struggling visitors at a windswept Treyew Road. Two goals at either end of the first half by Matt Wright, which sandwiched an Adam Bernard equaliser, were enough to give City a fifth straight league victory and a tenth in their last 12 league outings. But they had to put in a tremendous second half defensive performance against the fierce wind, after missing the chance to give themselves a cushion when Craig Duff blasted over a penalty at the start of the second period. In the end though they held firm and with rivals Corby losing 1-0 at Paulton , moved up a place to third just two points behind leaders Poole, whose game was called off. And the Dorset side are the next visitors to Treyew Road on Saturday February 21. Before then City go to Frome and Banbury in the league, though on Tuesday they are at Poole in the Red Insure Cup quarter-finals. The game could hardly have started any better for City as Wright gave them a third minute lead when he charged down a attempted clearance by Burnham keeper Alex Lynch and walked the ball into the empty net. But the Buckinghamshire visitors were deservedly back on level terms when Bernard converted a left wing cross midway through the half. City did not really use the wind to their advantage, but in first half stoppage time Wright’s low drive from the edge of the area found the bottom corner to give them a precious 2-1 interval lead. But three minutes into the second half they wasted a glorious chance to open a two goal lead when Issac Vassell was fouled in the box, but Duff’s spot kick flew well over the bar. The visitors buoyed by the let off, pushed forward, pumping the ball into the City area at every opportunity, but the home defence was resolute, led by man of the match Arran Pugh, though it needed a great save by keeper Charlie Burns with his legs to keep his side in front. And as the half wore on they looked more comfortable as they continued their seemingly inevitable march to at least the end of season play-offs. CITY: Burns; Farkins, Palmer, Pugh; White, Green, Ash (capt), Duff (Afful 58), Greenslade; Wright (Sullivan 78), Vassell (Hayles 90+1). Subs (not used): Moore (GK), Brett. Yellow card: Palmer. Goals: Wright (3) 1-0, Bernard (21) 1-1, Wright (45+1) 2-1. BURNHAM: Lynch; Josh Webb (capt), Gray, Page, Joshua Webb, Gordon, Montgomery (Dickens 66), Foggarty (Risbridger (87), Davies, Artwell (Lossaso 61), Bernard, Yellow card: Joshua Webb Crowd: 362. Referee: David Ricketts Man of the match: Arran Pugh (Truro City) http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-eighth-straight-home-victory/story-25954164-detail/story.html

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