18 February 2016

Truro City 4 Hemel Hempstead 2

Another new signing Ben Adelsbury was on the bench but there was no place in the 16 for Jake Ash.
Watched by a crowd of 626, some no doubt attracted by the offer of free admission, City got off to the perfect start when they took the lead in the 16th minute.
The lively Matt Jay did well to win the ball in his own half and he launched a long ball to Vassell on the right and the in-form striker cut inside before letting fly with an unstoppable left footed drive into the far corner.
But the home side then switched off seven minutes later as they allowed Hemel captain Jamie Slabber a clear path to goal and he gave Martin Rice no chance with an assured finish.
City though continued to hold the ascendancy, producing some great attacking football, with the pace of Vassell causing the visitors continual problems.
And when, after 28 minutes, the striker latched onto another long ball, he was brought down just inside the area by a desperate tackle by Hemel defender Oliver Thorne who was booked.
Brett took the penalty and although Hemel keeper Jamie Butler got his hands to spot kick as he dived to his left, the ball found the back of the net via the post.
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Just before half time Green latched on to a bad clearance by Butler to make it 3-1 with another great strike which flew past the bemused keeper, who had an eventful evening with his forays out of goal.
In the second half though City started to sit deeper, allowing the Hertfordshire side to push forward and several times they threatened a goal with Rice making a couple of vital saves
So it was a great relief to the home fans, who had seen the team throw away a two goal lead three times in their previous home match against Maidenhead United, when great work by Vassell saw him win the ball just on the half way line

With Hemel short of numbers he surged forward before feeding Cooke to his right who lashed the ball home to make it 4-1 and wrap up the points, before a late Jamie Potton snap shot gave Hemel a consolation second goal.
Truro though were worthy winners with their first half display one of their best 45 minutes of the season and the play-offs and the prospects of a possible second successive promotion are becoming ever more realistic.
Truro City: Rice; White, Pugh, Bentley (Dawson 80), Richards, Knowles, Green, Cooke, Brett (Adelsbury 58), Vassell, Jay (Afful 72). Subs not used: Wright, Duff .
Yellow cards: None.
Hemel Hempstead Town: Butler; Richens, Thorne (Laucys 72), Hickford, Greenidge (Morgan 56), Shields, Oli, Mitchell-King, Potton, Montgomery, Slabber. Subs (not used): Smith, Forbes, Warner-Eley
Yellow card: Thorne.
Goals: Vassell (16) 1-0, Slabber (25) 1-1, Brett (pen 28) 2-1, Green (39) 3-1, Cooke (76) 4-1, Potton (84) 4-2.
Referee: Adam Ricketts.
Crowd: 626

Read more: http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Truro-City-v-Hemel-Hempstead-Town/story-28746036-detail/story.html#ixzz40W2HeXSu

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