27 December 2015

Bath City 0 Truro City 3

Two late first-half goals from Truro left Bath City with a deficit they never looked likely to come back from.
The Cornish side went ahead when Dan Green put the finishing touch on a free-kick that City had failed to adequately deal with.
The second arrived within two minutes as neither Dan Ball nor Steve Phillips took control of a seemingly innocuous long pass to hand Isaac Vassell a tap-in.
And Ryan Brett notched the third less than a minute into the second half to virtually kill off any hopes of a revival, with Truro even wasting a penalty.
With neither side forcing play in wide areas, the first ten minutes were relatively devoid of goalmouth action, barring a close-range Truro header that Phillips held.
Sekani Simpson's strength allowed him to fight through a challenge and feed Kaid Mohamed, who had wandered narrowly offside, before Truro came back with a shot of their own from Cody Cooke that Phillips dropped sharply to save.
City came agonisingly close to going in front when Frankie Artus floated in a free-kick from the left that Jack Batten headed off the foot of an upright.
Ben Adelsbury charged in for the follow-up, but was kept out by visiting keeper Martin Rice at point-blank range.
Nick McCootie also came close as he stretched for a shot that Rice kept out. Had his touch been better from the initial long ball, he could have been clear in behind.
Truro passed up an excellent chance when Brett headed over a cross from Vassell, who had teased away from Andy Gallinagh, while Cooke would also drill a shot into the side netting from a back-post cross.
The visitors continued to edge possession for much of the half, but failed to create any threatening efforts on the City goal.
However, they would take the lead on 38 minutes. Ball clattered into the back of Cooke, with Brett's subsequent free-kick diverted back towards the right-hand post for Green to turn home.
City had not been outplayed by that point, yet found themselves two-goals behind on the back of a diabolical defensive mix-up.
Ball looked to shepherd a long pass back to Phillips, who came charging out from his line. The keeper slid in, but missed the ball, allowing Vassell to walk it into an unguarded net.
Within a minute of the second half kicking off, City's deficit became three as Truro worked the ball for Brett to drill home.
McCootie squirmed through and had a shot blocked by Rice from a tight angle, with the Truro stopper frustrating him again minutes later as he tipped a low shot past the post.
Those chances aside, the third goal appeared to completely deflate an already withering Romans display.
The visitors did press aggressively, although too many passes still went astray.
Chas Hemmings and Gallinagh were also robbed of the ball to hand Truro a couple of half-chances that went begging.
Even the introduction of former Truro favourite Andy Watkins – one of City's form players until he was left out of the Ebbsfleet win with illness – could not enliven the hosts.
Truro were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left to run when Simpson barged over substitute Les Afful, only for Shane White to blaze his spot kick into the depths of the Bristol End.
There were a handful of dead-ball opportunities for the Romans, but the best they could muster was a soft overhead kick from Watkins that was caught by Rice and a direct effort from Adelsbury that was pushed wide.

Bath City: Phillips; Simpson, Batten, Ball, Gallinagh; Hemmings, Williams (Pratt HT), Adelsbury; Artus, McCootie (Watkins 64), Mohamed (Bowman 80).
Subs not used: Smith, Coupe.

Truro City: Rice; White, Riley-Lowe, Brett (Dawson 81), Richards, Pugh, Knowles, Green, Wright (Gill 65), Vassell (Afful 72), Cooke.
Subs not used: Ash, Mitchell.

Referee: Savvas Yianni.
Attendance: 801.

21 December 2015

TISA Statement on Silver Bow

TISA calls upon TCFC Chairman, Peter Masters to keep his word reportedly given at a meeting of Truro City Council on May 18th 2014 with regard to the relocation site for TCFC that The football ground itself would be put into a proper trust so it would never be allowed to be sold off.”  and that he consults with ALL TCFC fans to agree how that shall be achieved.

Truro City 1 Eastbourne Borough 0

Truro City will go into the Christmas programme a very impressive eighth in the National League South table, after Shane White's penalty, just before half time, earned them victory against the Sussex visitors who ended the game with nine men.
Spot-kick specialist White converted the all-important penalty seven minutes before the break, after Isaac Vassell was brought down by Eastbourne keeper Lewis Carey as he tried to go past him after cutting in from the right.
The visitors' No1 saw red and stand-in keeper Bouwe Bosma had no chance as White found the net to give City a priceless lead in the difficult conditions.
And it was enough to see they ended their 2015 league programme, unbeaten at home since losing to Oxford City 6-0 at the end of August - a remarkable achievement for Steve Tully's side after winning promotion.
White's penalty in the week had given City a 1-0 FA Trophy win at Cirencester Town and of course his spot-kick won the promotion play-off final at the end of last season .
The home side though were unable to kill the game off in the second period, even after Craig Stone was also sent off in the final ten minutes for picking up a second yellow card.
And the home fans had to endure a few anxious moments, with a Jack Evans free-kick rattling the bar, as the visitors pressed for an equaliser, before they could celebrate the win.
For the game, Tully made two changes with Vassell and Cody Cooke recalled and Jake Ash and Craig Duff dropping to the bench.
With the strong wind and heavy pitch making good football difficult, there was little between the sides in the opening stages. For City, Jamie Richards headed over Ryan Brett's free kick and Cooke also found the net, but it was ruled out for offside, while at the other end Evans forced a good save out of Martin Rice with a free-kick and Darren Lok shot just wide.
Vassell was the greatest threat for City with his searing pace and it was that pace that helped set up what proved to be the game's only goal, as he burst clear down the right and was then fouled by keeper Carey ,who received his marching orders from referee Steven Plane in the turning point of the game.
White calmly dispatched the spot kick, leaving Truro, perhaps a trifle fortunately, ahead at the break in what had been until then had been an even game.
At the start of the second half, Matt Wright was denied by the legs of stand-in keeper Bosma who was not really tested a much as he should have been.
Eastbourne were far from finished and after Evans's free kick had shaken the bar they continued to cause problems for the home defence.
City needed a second, but it just would not come.
Even when Stone saw red for pulling back substitute Les Afful, after earlier being booked for dissent, City still could not relax, with substitute Cameron Gill, on his City debut after signing on loan from Exeter City, shooting over and Vassell hitting the post in a terrific goalmouth scramble, both unable to put the result beyond doubt.
In the end though City managed to see the game out and will now look forward to the double header against Bath City in confident mood.
Truro City: Rice; White, Pugh, Richards, Riley -Lowe; Knowles, Green, Cooke (Afful 64) , Brett (Ash 79), Wright (Gill 83), Vassell.
Subs (not used): Duff, Mitchell.
Yellow cards: Cooke, Knowles, Pugh
Eastbourne Borough: Carey; Stone, Beale, Evans (Haysman 77), Simpemba, Khinda-John, Hamilton, Collier, Romain (Pinney 60), Lok (McCallum 60), Bosma.
Subs (not used): Baptista, Worrall.
Red cards: Carey (38), Stone (82 (two yellows).
Yellow cards: Simpemba.
Goal: White (pen 38) 1-0.
Man of the match: Isaac Vassell - his pace terrorised the Eastbourne defence and won the crucial penalty which in the end decided the game.
Referee: Steven Plane (Worcester).
Crowd: 339

Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-v-Eastbourne-Borough/story-28394330-detail/story.html#ixzz3uwgIqhG2

16 December 2015

Cirencester 0 Truro City 1 (FA Trophy)

Cirencester Town suffered a heart-breaking exit from the FA Trophy as Truro City scored a controversial late penalty.
An evenly-contested first round replay appeared to be heading to extra-time until goalkeeper Glyn Garner brought down Isaac Vassell – the cousin of former England and Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell - and referee Anthony Coggins pointed to the spot despite Cirencester protests that the foul took place outside the box.
Shane White scored from the spot to deny the Centurions a potential plum second round tie at home to Macclesfield Town, whose replay against Ashton United was postponed.
Cirencester manager Brian Hughes named an unchanged team to the side that drew 2-2 in Truro, deciding once again not to risk Charlie Griffin's hamstring with Jamie Reid, the late hero from that game, also on the bench.
The wind can play a big part at the Corinium Stadium and within the first minute Truro goalkeeper Martin Rice had to be alert to tip Zack Kotwica's corner over the bar as it swung in late.
Cirencester used the elements to their advantage when a goal kick from Garner kept on travelling over the top of the Truro defence and the pacey Ross Langworthy latched onto it, but Rice came out to save at his feet.
Truro began to settle, though and created three chances in quick succession – A deflected Dan Green effort went over the bar, Craig Duff glanced wide from a corner and the best chance fell to Matt Wright, who had just Garner to beat after being sent through on goal by Duff but the ball stuck on the soggy surface before he curled his shot wide.
Cirencester then produced a lovely move to conjure up another good chance for Langworthy, with Kotwica getting on the end of a sumptuous Brad Hooper pass and sending in an inviting low cross, only for the striker to be thwarted by Rice again.
That was all in a frantic first 13 minutes but it went quiet after that as both sides struggled to create chances and went into the break all square.
The battle for supremacy continued early in the second half, Ellis Dunton dragging an effort wide for Cirencester and Ryan Brett's fierce striker coming off a defender as it went over at the other end.
Neither team looked like scoring until Truro were handed a penalty in the 86th minute. Connor Riley-Rowe sent a ball down the left channel and Vassell used his pace to get there ahead of Garner, who brought the substitute down.
The goalkeeper received a booking and White then stepped up to send him the wrong way.
Keen to make amends for his error in judgement, Garner came up for a Cirencester corner in stoppage time and got his head to it but the ball went over the bar.
Cirencester Town: G Garner, S Anson, A Bennett, E Dunton, R Langworthy, L Henry (c), M Liddiard, J Mortimer-Jones, B Hooper (A Connolly, 72), O Knight (C Griffin, 64), Z Kotwica. Subs not used: J Reid, S Farr, M Lloyd.
Truro City: M Rice, S White, C Riley-Lowe (P Mitchell 90), J Ash (c), J Richards, A Pugh, O Knowles, D Green, M Wright, C Duff (I Vassell, 70), R Brett (C Cooke, 62). Subs not used: L Afful.
Referee: Anthony Coggins.
Attendance: 123.
Star man: Ellis Dunton.               


Read more: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cirencester-Town-knocked-FA-Trophy/story-28372840-detail/story.html#ixzz3uVlTTx2S

13 December 2015

Truro City 2 Cirencester Town 2 (FA Trophy)

Jamie Reid emerged from "the most difficult year of his career" to grab an injury time equaliser as Cirencester came from 2-0 down to earn an FA Trophy replay.
Supersub Reid, only just back from a bad knee injury,had only been on the field for seven minutes when he played a diagonal cross to the far post - and saw it carry on the wind and dip over Truro goalkeeper Martin Rice's head into the net.
It sparked wild celebrations among the players and coaching staff, but that bit of good fortune was no more than Brian Hughes' side deserved as they were the better side in the second half.
Reid only came back into the Cirencester squad for last Tuesday's win over Kettering and had played a few games for Hardwicke in the County League after recovering from his injury.
"I love this club and they have stuck by me during the injury," he said. "I am grateful to the manager Brian Hughes and the chairman Steve Abbley for keeping me involved with the club.
"We showed great spirit and deserved the draw and I thought we more than matched them and we have definitely got a chance in the replay."
Cirencester had gone into the game without leading scorer Charlie Griffin, who was not fit enough to start after going off early in the midweek Kettering victory.
That meant a reshuffle, with Ross Langworthy taking a central striker's role, flanked by Zack Kotwica and Ollie Knight.
Hughes' men gave as good as they got against the Vanarama National League South side for long periods, but were grateful to goalkeeper Glyn Garner for a couple of smart stops to thwart pacy striker Isaac Vassell.
They did have the ball in the net when Kotwica slipped Matt Liddiard in to fire past Rice, but he was denied by an offside flag - and Truro went ahead soon after, in the 41st minute.
Vassell broke into the box and although he seemed to be fouled by Ellis Dunton he managed to nudge the ball past Garner.
That lead was doubled in first-half stoppage time when Arran Pugh headed home Richard Brett's corner almost unchallenged at the far post, and it seemed a long way back for Cirencester.
But they took the game to Truro after the break, and Dunton went close with a diving header before he was fouled in the box by substitute Jake Ash after 65 minutes.
Kotwica stepped up to send Rice the wrong way from the spot for his eighth goal of the season to give Cirencester a foothold back in the game.
Truro were playing on the counter attack as Cirencester pressed for an equaliser.
Ex-Forest Green man Les Afful had a shot deflected wide and Brett's free-kick hit the post, while Cirencester were causing a few problems from set-pieces, but it seemed Truro would edge through until Reid earned that merited second bite at the cherry back at the Corinium tomorrow night.
Truro: M. Rice; S.White, A. Pugh, J. Richards, C.Riley-Lowe; O.Knowles, D. Green, C. Cooke (J. Ash 64), R. Brett; M. Wright (L. Afful 57), I. Vassell (C. Duff 82). Subs not used: D. Barrow, P. Mitchell.
Cirencester: G. Garner; S. Anson, L. Henry, E. Dunton, A. Bennett; O. Knight, B. Hooper (J. Reid 84), J. Mortimer-Jones, M. Liddiard, Z. Kotwica; R. Langworthy. Subs not used: C. Griffin, M. Pritchett, J. Bevan.
Referee: R. Hulme.
Attendance: 302
Star Man: Ellis Dunton (Cirencester).

Read more: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cirencester-Town-hit-2-0-earn-FA-Trophy-replay/story-28354987-detail/story.html#ixzz3uD2Lo4Na

07 December 2015

Maidstone UTD 2 Truro City 1

Despite the blustery conditions, the game got off to a lively start. With nine minutes gone, Alex Brown appeared to push Les Afful over in the box but the Truro players didn’t appeal and no penalty was forthcoming either.
Not long after this, Lee Worgan made his first save of the afternoon although it was a comfortable one as he jumped to catch a rising volley from Cody Cooke who had struck the ball from about 20 yards from goal. But the visitors were to go closer still just past the half way mark. Matthew Wright managed to get his head to the ball as he bumped into Lee Worgan only for Alex Brown to make a goal line clearance.
Worgan received lengthy treatment after this incident but fortunately for the Stones he was able to carry on and he came to Maidstone’s rescue shortly afterwards. Ryan Brett slipped the ball into Afful who was one on one with the Stones’ keeper and Worgan made a fine stop with his feet.
Late on in the half, Brown’s clearance only went as far as Ollie Knowles. Knowles brought the ball down and moved forward before hitting a long range effort which brushed off the top of the cross bar. Then seconds later, Matt Bodkin got caught on the ball in midfield and Brett let fly with a shot which just went high and wide of the right hand side of the goal.
Two minutes before the break, it was the home side’s turn to go to close. Coyle lofted the ball down the line which May knocked back to Alex Flisher and his cross was met by Frannie Collin who saw his header fly just wide of the left hand post.
Shortly after the interval, the ball was worked across the edge of the area to Cooke. Cooke’s low shot looped up off Coyle and Worgan had to be alert to push the ball wide. Then from the resultant corner, Knowles picked out Matthew Wright at the back post who was stretching to reach the ball and he couldn’t keep his shot on target.
But as the second half got going, Maidstone started to create opportunities of their own. With 53 minutes gone, Collin did well to win the ball and find Alex Flisher down the left and Flisher’s dangerous cross was cleared by Jamie Richards for a corner.
Not long after this a super ball down the right from Brown came to Collin. The Maidstone striker pulled the ball back into the box where it was met by the arriving Matt Bodkin and from a good position, he fired wide of the far post.
The Stones were then nearly made to pay for this miss on the hour mark. Jack Paxman lost the ball to Knowles in midfield and Knowles quickly played it into substitute Isaac Vassell whose low effort would have gone in had it not been for an excellent stop from Worgan.
May hit a curling effort following a run forwards but the ball was at a nice height for Martin Rice to be able to push it behind. Then at the other end, Vassell got in behind Coyle and once again Worgan was able to make an important stop with his feet.
May and Vassell both had opportunities for their sides again only time May’s weak header was saved by Rice and Vassell stabbed the ball wide when well placed inside the box. But with 74 minutes gone, the deadlock was finally broken. Flisher’s corner from the right was flicked back across goal from Knowles and Coyle neatly side footed in from close range.
And just four minutes later, Maidstone pulled further ahead. Joe Healy battled hard in midfield to win the ball and he released May who ran into the box and lifted the ball over the advancing Rice.
But Truro set up a tense finish when Manny Parry brought down Cooke inside the area. The referee, Mr Brook, had no doubts it was a penalty and Shane White smashed the resultant spot kick into the net. However, despite some late pressure, the Stones saw out the remaining moments well and held to record their 12th win of the season.
Maidstone United: Jamie Coyle 74, Jay May 78
Truro City: Shane White 85
Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Alex Brown, Tom Mills, Jamie Coyle, Manny Parry, Jack Paxman (James Rogers 71), Matt Bodkin, Joe Healy, Jay May, Frannie Collin (Charles Banya 83), Alex Flisher. Subs not used: Bobby-Joe Taylor, Alex Akrofi, Adam Birchall.
Truro City: Martin Rice, Pierce Mitchell (Shane White 80), Connor Riley-Lowe, Jake Ash, Jamie Richards, Ryan Brett, Ollie Knowles, Dan Green, Matthew Wright (Craig Duff 79), Les Afful (Isaac Vassell 54), Cody Cooke. Subs not used: Danny Barrow