09 August 2018

TISA to Explore Options for Fans

Message from JP Creba – TISA Chairman

 At TISA’s AGM on Saturday August 4th those present reflected on the perilous state of Truro City following its move to Torquay and the how the club seems more removed from the Cornish community than ever with the fan base seemingly now completely disenfranchised.   It was agreed that TISA should focus on doing whatever it can to ensure that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community.  Of course this can happen in a number of ways ranging  from moving successfully into the Stadium for Cornwall in the next 18 months as a National League side or taking an enforced relegation down several steps and ground sharing with another Cornish club.  The current owner has confirmed recently in the media that he is still in a dialogue with someone with a view to selling the football club so it’s plain to see that Truro City is facing massive change and it seems right that the organised supporters groups recognise this and structure themselves in a way that gives them most influence in the clubs direction in these changing times.

Currently the two supporters groups are perceived to be at polar extremes with the Truro City Supporters Club committee acting as a PR machine for the football club owners and doing little to provide a forum or benefits for its members and TISA seemingly opposing the football club in all it does but providing well for its members.  Neither of these perceptions is the full truth but if things are going to change then now must be the time.  In considering how things might change TISA are considering restructuring as a Supporters Trust affiliated to Supporters Direct.  TISA recognises however, that to attempt to do this it must  grow its membership and widen the debate.  We therefore invite expressions of interest to participation in an open meeting to explore this initiative and debate the options.  At the same time, in order to broaden our membership we are inviting everyone to apply for membership of TISA which would be FREE in the first year.  Application for membership of TISA is open to everyone including existing Truro City Supporters Club Members.  You don’t need to join TISA to take part in the open meeting but if you wish to then send us a message at https://twitter.com/TISAboys.  As TISA is currently an Association we do need to have an application process and this is detailed on our website at http://trurofans.blogspot.com/ .

At the end of September, if there are sufficient expressions of interest then we will send out details of the open meeting.

In summary then, should you apply for membership you will be applying to join an association which is proposing to support however it best can “ensuring that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community.” and to participate in that debate.

23 July 2018

TISA Statement on Truro City Ground Share with Torquay United

Today marks a tragedy for Cornish sport and Truro City fans in particular as they face their club being moved to Torquay for an indeterminate amount of time, perhaps forever. It’s a disgrace that in the near six years under the current ownership that the owners have failed to obtain a location either permanent or temporary even within the boundary of Cornwall let alone Truro itself.  We now find ourselves voluntarily vacating Treyew Road without even the completed business case required to enable the Government to consider providing the funds required to start work on the Stadium for Cornwall, a project which the current owners spent much of their tenure ridiculing rather than supporting.

Much has been said about the current owners stepping in to save the club six years ago but the reality is that whilst they have managed to maintain Truro City’s place in step 2 of the footballing pyramid, the heart and soul of the club has been ripped out as we have seen the reserve and ladies team abolished, a failure to establish youth development scheme, the closure of the social club and a general alienation of its fans and the Cornish footballing community.

If the current owners were to walk away from the club today they would do so without losing a penny of their own money, having been repaid by the developers who now gain from the city’s loss.

The current tragic situation represents a dereliction of duty and failure of custodianship by the current owners.  Of course we desperately now hope that Stadium for Cornwall comes to fruition but the question for Truro City fans is, will they even have a football club by the time that happens.  A total failure to deliver for Truro City. A very sad day indeed!

06 May 2018

Hampton & Richmond Borough 3 Truro City 1 (AET)

THE WHITE Tigers slipped to an extra-time play-off defeat at the hands of Hampton & Richmond Borough.There was early joy for The White Tigers when the ball found the net with nine minutes on the clock as a long throw-in caused problems for the 'keeper under pressure from Rocky Neal for a goal totally out of the blue. Neal was credited with the goal amongst a crowd of players.It stunned the crowd and as the home side looked to hit back straight away, a fantastic save from Joe Wollacott denied Kretzschmar as the young 'keeper pushed away his rasping drive.The on-loan ‘keeper then denied the same player in the next attack with another top-drawer save from close range.An effort from Kiernan for the home side was deflected just wide and from the resulting corner, Ben Gerring did well to head clear amongst the crowd.Ben Harding tried his luck from distance but was off target whilst at the other end, Wollacott did well to save from Jeffers.The White Tigers had to defend for our lives when Roberts delivered a teasing ball into the area and Baptiste’s strike was blocked.With ten minutes to go until half-time, the home side levelled matters when Baptiste’s effort was deflected into the path of Cook who fired home.The goal gave the home side a real boost as they started to up the pressure and play with momentum but we went in at the break with the score level at 1-1.There were appeals for a White Tigers’ penalty but the referee was unimpressed and then booked Gerring for dissent.Some neat link-up play between Cody Cooke and Neal saw the latter denied by a timely intervention from Cook as we started the second half brightly.A free-kick in a promising position from Ed Palmer rattled the crossbar with the ‘keeper motionless.As we stepped up the tempo, Neal had a great chance to put us back in front only for Wynter to throw himself in front of the ball to block. Moments later Gerring was brought down inside the area by Wassmer for a penalty. Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up and his spot-kick was good but superbly saved by Dieng in the home goal.Good build-up play from the hosts saw Jeffers do well out wide before feeding Kiernan who was off target.There was a great late chance for The White Tigers but Cooke failed to capitalise in front of goal.It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages and Wollacott produced another stunning close range save to keep us in it as it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and meant that we went into extra-time.The home side edged in front on 99 minutes when Hudson-Odoi did well before firing into the far corner of the net to make it 2-1.Despite battling hard to get back into the game, we found our hosts in stubborn mood as they ran the clock down before grabbing a late third goal when Charles played through substitute Hudson-Odoi who netted his second of the evening.There was no way back for us after that but we end what has been a season of real progress with our heads held high.WHITE TIGERS: Wollacott, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Hartridge, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Neal, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Palfrey, Yetton, Harvey, Keats, Allen.BOOKING(S): Gerring, Thompson, LamontGOAL(S): NealATTENDANCE: 922

30 April 2018

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Truro City 1

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850879

If Truro City are going to win promotion from National League South into the National League they are going to have to do it the hard way - away from their Treyew Road home.
Saturday’s crucial 1-1 draw at Hampton and Richmond Borough in their final game was enough to give City the seventh and final play-off place and they will now have to return again to the Beveree Stadium on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) for their elimination play-off game against the Middlesex side, who have lost just once there in the league all season. If they win through that tough test they would then again have to travel for the semi-final next Sunday to Essex to play third-placed Chelmsford City.
And victory would earn them a place in the promotion final on Sunday May 13, but as the lowest placed play-off qualifier, they would yet again definitely be away.
But all that is not worrying manager Lee Hodges, especially as City have the fourth best away record in the league.
He was just delighted his team had reached the play-offs after only avoiding the drop last season with a game to spare.
He said: “The pressure is off us now. Before the start of the season, everyone expected us to be relegated and I received a lot of criticism.
“We have massively over-achieved and it is some achievement to reach the play-offs. The players have been brilliant. The whole group has played its part.”
And the City manager had no worries about returning to play Hampton & Richmond Borough, who City beat away in the FA Cup earlier in the season to reach the first round proper for the first time in the club’s history.
He added: “It is just one more game and all the pressure is on them now. They were already in the play-offs today, whereas we needed a point to make sure of our place.”
City got off to the perfect start at the Beveree Stadium when midfielder Tom Owen-Evans headed them ahead after just three minutes, following great work by skipper and man of the match Ben Gerring.
Showing no fear, City continued to take the match to the home side and really should have been further ahead by half time.
“We dominated the first period and could have been up by a couple more goals, but we did not take our chances,” said Hodges.
Aaron Lamont was denied by home keeper Sent Dieng, while Rocky Neal and strike partner Tyler Harvey also went close.
The second half though was a different affair as the home side pushed for an equaliser, which duly arrived just after the hour mark when Jack Cook powered home a near post header.
“We then had to dig in and were on the back foot, though we did get out when we could,” said Hodges.
City were also indebted to young on-loan Bristol City keeper Joe Wollacott who made a stunning late save to keep out a great Taurean Roberts strike.
So both teams will have to do it all again on Wednesday, which will be the second time they have met each other in successive games this season, after drawing 1-1 at Treyew in the league, before City’s FA Cup triumph seven days later back in October.
Hodges hopes to have a full strength squad to chose from, with striker Cody Cooke coming on for the final 20 minutes in place of Harvey after being out with a hamstring twinge.
City: Wollacott; Gerring (capt), Palmer, Hartridge; Thompson, Harding (Keats 90), Lamont, Owen-Evans, Riley-Lowe; Harvey (Cooke 70), Neal (Allen 85).
Subs (not used): Palfrey, Yetton.
Yellow cards: Gerring, Lamont, Thompson.
Goals: Owen-Evans (3) 0-1, Cook (64) 1-1
Crowd: 1,014.


26 April 2018

Weston-Super-Mare 0 Truro City 2

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3391240
          The White Tigers were content to defend deep and counter attack for much of the game, and profited from two weakly-defended set pieces either side of half time to keep their hunt for the playoffs alive.
The result made it eight defeats in 10 league games for McGregor’s side, and a promising season has faded with a whimper leaving the Seagulls in the bottom half.
He said: “I’m flabbergasted how we conceded two goals. At this level you should not concede two goals from corners.
“I don’t understand how we’ve lost that game. We were in control and good on the ball, and should have scored twice in the first half.
“If you defend like that you’re not going to beat teams like Truro. That’s what they’re good at and we allowed them to defend and they defended in numbers.”
Weston dominated possession throughout, but their failure to be clinical in both boxes cost them dearly once again.
Truro took the lead on 32 minutes when Connor Riley-Lowe’s whipped corner went straight in to Luke Purnell’s net.
And the game was put to bed 12 minutes after the break when another corner caused havoc in the Weston box, and Aaron Lamont reacted fastest to score.
Despite the result, and the lengthening run of poor form, McGregor praised the efforts of his squad.
He said: “We’re a little bit short on numbers. Centre-back George (Morris-Edwards) has come in and done brilliantly but it’s a quick-tempo game and he’s got to get used to it. Playing these games will help him for next year.
“We’re looking at additions to strengthen the squad, and we will be in a stronger position.
“Danny Greenslade has done brilliantly. His ankle is swollen up and he got through 90 minutes for me.
“He and other lads with knocks have given everything for this club this year, and we should be proud of that. We’re just a bit low on numbers and that’s what we need to address for next year.”


23 April 2018

Truro City 1 Braintree Town 2

See Match Highlights Here: To Follow.......
THE WHITE Tigers slipped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow play-off chasers, Braintree Town.It was a nervy start to the game as Tom McHale had to save well early on before the visitors drew first blood on seven minutes when The White Tigers failed to properly clear our lines and the ball fell to Wyatt who made no mistake to make it 1-0.Some alert defending from Ben Gerring saw him thwart another raid from the visitors whilst Thompson also went close for the men from Essex as they looked to double their advantage.The White Tigers levelled matters jut before the half-hour mark when a header from a Connor Riley-Lowe corner rattled the woodwork and Jamie Richards was alert to the rebound to find the net at the far post.It was the visitors who ended the opening strongly by posing a number of questions of our back-line, but we went in at the break with the scores’ level after what had been a nervy first half.There was an early melee in the second half as players from both sides came together and tempers started to boil over, but it was soon under control.An effort from Okoye went into the side-netting before the visitors and it was, in fairness, a rather scrappy started to the second period.
The visitors regained the lead on 65 minutes when a clearance was charged down allowing Thompson to break through before he slotted home beyond the reach of McHale.It was proving to be a frustrating afternoon as we searched for a way back into the game only to see our final ball let us down time and time again.With the clock ticking down, we pushed for an equaliser only to find our opponents in stubborn mood to keep us at bay and it ended in a disappointing 2-1 home reverse at the hands of a fellow play-off contender.WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Neal (Yetton), Keats (Thompson), Harding (Todd). Subs not used: Hartridge, Copp.
GOAL(S): Richards

20 April 2018

Truro City 2 Hungerford Town 1

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3174142

THE WHITE Tigers battled out a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Hungerford Town on what was a positive day for the club.
The opening exchanges were evenly-matched as both sides looked to get into their stride. Our first effort came from Cody Cooke whose strike was straight at the ‘keeper.
As we started to get a foothold in the game, Aaron Lamont fizzed an effort just wide before Cooke was just off target with another strike.
At the other end our visitors created an opening for Leigh-Gilchrist put his effort hit the side-netting.
After Tyler Harvey was forced out of the action through injury, we continued to press with Rocky Neal added to the forward-line but we were finding our visitors in stubborn mood.
There was a let-off for our visitors when a neat move saw Neal presented with a chance and his flicked effort hit the inside of the post before bouncing into the arms of the grateful ‘keeper.
With five minutes to go until the break, there was another injury concern for The White Tigers when Cooke limped off to be replaced by Niall Thompson.
The opening period ended goalless as we saw more of the ball without finding a breakthrough.
We started the second half in a positive fashion but continued to find our opponents in stubborn mood.
The breakthrough finally arrived on 56 minutes when we won a penalty, the 16th that our visitors have conceded this season, and Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up to convert.
Rather than let their heads drop, Hungerford used the disappointment of going a goal behind to galvanise them and they started to pose a few questions.
It was a nervy closing to the game as we battled to hold on to our single-goal lead until Thompson bagged a crucial second goal with just over ten minutes to go when he broke down the left before cutting inside and firing home.
As the clock ticked down, Thompson went close to grabbing his second of the evening when he effort flashed just wide of the target.
In stoppage time, the visitors managed to pull a goal back through Lynch to reduce the arrears but it was too little, too late as we held on to claim a hard-earned three points.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Harvey (Neal), Cooke (Thompson), Harding (Hartridge). Subs not used: Copp, Keats.
GOAL(S): Riley-Lowe, Thompson


16 April 2018

Chippenham Town 2 Truro City 0

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850854

CHIPPENHAM Town boss Mark Collier says the Bluebirds are full of confidence after seeing off play-off candidates Truro City 2-0 at Hardenhuish Park.
The 2-0 home win was their seventh in their last nine outings, as Chippenham continue to strengthen their grip on National League South survival.
In the first half it was a fairly even contest and looked as if neither team would break the deadlock before going into the interval.
However, veteran Town striker Andy Sandell had other ideas as he put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time.
The second instalment saw Chippenham dominate but fail to make the most of their ascendency until the 84th minute, when Mike Jones sealed the win for Collier's side.
The result leaves Chippenham 14th in the league standings and almost guarantees National League football for the Bluebirds next season.
"It was a very good result and I reminded the players before the game that we haven't lost at home to any of the teams in the top eight," said Collier, whose side now cannot finish in the bottom three.
"That was going to stand us in good stead, even though Truro were coming to us in good form, and could have moved up to third place if they'd have won. They almost have a play-off spot secured.
"The first half was tight and cagey, having said that, (goalkeeper) Jared Thompson made some very good saves from Truro's front two but we had a few decent chances as well.
"Five minutes before the break I said to (assistant) Gary Horgan that I would be happy to go in with the score being 0-0 because the game always changes in the second half.
"Then suddenly we are 1-0 up as Nick McCootie played in Sandell, who was able to finish in style.
"Then our whole team talk changed because we were a goal in front. it was a great time to score."
Collier's starting XI also showed some deviation from what some may have expected as he looks to experiment with his squad until the end of the season.
"We played Jon Beeden at left wing back because we thought he could do a job there, then we had Dean Evans playing slightly out of position as a right wing-back," he added.
"Beeden hasn't played as a left wing-back before, so there is an option there and he has done well for himself and McCootie played up front with Sandell for the first time too, so we had a little change up top too."


13 April 2018

Truro City 2 Concord Rangers 0

There was a dream start for The White Tigers when straight from kick-off an inviting cross from the left by Connor Riley-Lowe found the head of Cody Cooke who made no mistake.The opening goal came within the opening 20 seconds but the visitors looked to get back into the game straight away with a couple of half-chances that came to nothing.An effort from Tyler Harvey took a deflection which forced a good save out of the visitors’ ‘keeper as we looked to double our advantage.We were looking the most likely side as the half went on and we managed to double our advantage on 27 minutes when Ed Palmer curled home a free-kick with much aplomb to give the ‘keeper no chance.The White Tigers always looked in control during the opening period as we played with plenty of endeavour and determination without creating too many further scoring opportunities.There was a half-chance for the visitors on the stroke of half-time when Knight’s header was easily gathered by Tom McHale as we took a two-goal advantage into the second period.It was a bright start to the second half from The White Tigers with some nice passages of play and our first sight of goal saw Cooke draw a smart save from the ‘keeper.There were chances at either end as Harvey went close as he lifted the ball just over. We were looking solid as a unit to keep our opponents at bay despite their best efforts.As we entered the final 20 minutes, a free-kick from the visitors found the head of Knight who was off target as Concord enjoyed a spell of pressure as they searched for a way back into the game.Ben Gerring was forced out of the action late on as we held our two-goal advantage and secured a precious three points.WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring (Hartridge), Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Harvey (Neal), Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Copp, Keats, Thompson.

BOOKING(S): Harvey
GOAL(S): Cooke, Palmer


09 April 2018

Truro City 1 East Thurrock United 2

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850848

A SAM Higgins double helped East Thurrock United upset play-off hopefuls Truro City to move onto 50 points for the season.
Rocks were up against a side gunning for promotion from the National League South this season but, despite securing their league status, were not heading south to go through the motions.
The away side broke the deadlock midway through the first half and it was little surprise that it was division top scorer Higgins that got it.
The striker finished well to take advantage of some hesitant home defending to put Rocks in charge and they were to take an even more commanding lead into the second half.
After Ryan Scott was denied a second goal in as many matches thanks to an alert save by Tom McHale, Higgins doubled the advantage.
A long ball was picked up by the striker and he blasted into the goal before half-time.
Truro improved after half-time, Cody Cooke was denied a goal by the offside flag and Andrew Neal headed over.
Tyler Harvey set up a nervy finish when he scored from the penalty spot – but it wasn’t to be enough.
East Thurrock United: Lidakevicius, Sammons (Christou 74), Harris, Wright, Darling, Clark, Phipps (Agyemang 66), Peddie, Higgins, Cornhill, Scott (Honesty 81)


01 April 2018

Truro City 3 Hemel Hempstead 3

Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850826

THE WHITE Tigers came from behind three times to share the spoils with Hemel Hempstead Town in an entertaining Good Friday clash at Treyew Road.
It was a purposeful start to the proceedings for The White Tigers as a teasing cross from Niall Thompson was dealt with by the ‘keeper, whilst at the other end, a free-kick from Parkes failed to trouble Tom McHale too much.
As the visitors started to get into their stride, a slip by Ed Palmer almost let in Sanchez-Watt but his cross into the danger zone was gathered by an alert McHale.
The deadlock was eventually broken on the quarter-hour mark when a ball in from the left by Oliyide found its way beyond the reach of McHale as Moyo made his presence felt.
With the bit between their teeth, our opponents pushed for an instant second as we were forced to defend in numbers to clear the danger.
Despite finding ourselves under increasing pressure, we managed to find a leveller when the ball broke loose just inside the area and loan man, Tom Owen-Evans, was on hand to guide the ball home with his left foot.
As you would expect from a game involving two teams so close together in the table, it was proving to be an end-to-end affair as Owen-Evans went close for The White Tigers before shortly afterwards at the other end, Jamie Richards did well to deny the lively Oliyide.
It was developing into an entertaining encounter as the opening period went on. The visitors managed to regain the lead seven minutes from the break when Moyo was on hand to head the ball home to make it 2-1 following a free-kick from Parkes.
With half-time approaching we grabbed another equaliser when Owen-Evans did well to carve out a chance for Jordan Copp who made no mistake as he slotted home as both teams went in at the break on level terms.
There was a cagey opening to the second half. A free-kick from Connor Riley-Lowe crept just wide of the target as we looked to get our noses in front for the first time in the game.
We fell behind for the third time in the afternoon on 65 minutes when Oliyide found the net at the second attempt after McHale saved his initial effort to make it 3-2.
As the clock ticked down we pressed for the leveller but also had to be wary of the threat of our opponents on the break.
A late corner from Riley-Lowe caused all kinds of problems inside the opposition area and as the ball was only half-cleared, a strike from the edge of the area flew just over.
There was drama in stoppage time when Tyler Harvey found himself in the right place at the right time to guide the ball home and break Hemel Hempstead hearts to make it 3-3!
It was a fitting end to what had been an enthralling contest as both sides shared the spoils.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer (Neal), Gerring, Richards, Lamont (Keats), Copp (Harvey), Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Hartridge, Palfrey.
GOAL(S): Owen-Evans, Copp, Harvey

25 March 2018

Eastbourne Borough 1 Truro City 3

See Match Highlights Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnBExpYTP54

In the United States, Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd. At Priory Lane, it is any given Saturday. Yet again, Eastbourne Borough under-performed at home in front of their long-suffering supporters, as Truro City rode away with three National South points and a 3-1 victory.
Borough's dreadful home record still leaves them nervously close to the drop zone, while City, eager and physically strong, have now won four on the spin, and are looking as good a bet as any other club in the wide-open play-off race. A post-match glance at other results gave some relief for the Sports: with Whitehawk and Bognor all but relegated, six clubs including Borough are "contesting" the final relegation place, and only Chippenham picked up points.
Frustrations with the final score aside, it was not a bad game. City's gruelling journey was rewarded not only with the result but with a generous Priory Lane welcome - including the new tradition of a second-half tannoy announcement and a warm round of applause right around the ground, for the White Tigers squad and their followers.
Individual Borough performances were modest rather than dreadful. Positioning seemed to catch Smith out on the goals; Jim Haran was the best of a back line which, ironically, had a relatively quiet afternoon; and further forward, the finishing rather than the approach work was the problem, at least at first glance.
Tactically, Borough need to work out how to tackle nine-man defences via ten-man attacks. Edwards, Pickering and in a late cameo Hendon were sometimes joining in porposefully from the full-back positions, but the supply to the strikers – themselves surrounded by defenders built like security guards – needs somehow to be cuter. There are reasons why the Sports are more potent away from home.
Borough did win the count of scoring chances by more than three to one – the reverse of the actual scoreline. But the White Tigers pounced with deadly effect in a curious match, after Eastbourne had dominated the opening stages.
The Sports could have been out of sight by the half-hour mark. They dominated the ball early on, and on 14 minutes Lloyd Dawes with a fifty yard dash sweetly set up Yemi Odubade, whose shot across keeper Tom McHale found the bottom corner.
McHale then saved fabulously from Jamie Taylor, and Dawes fizzed one just wide from a perfect position (although in fairness it was a chance he created himself, despite being tugged back illegally by centre-back Ed Palmer). Odubade's curler didn't curl quite enough and missed the top corner by inches, and Gavin McCallum's slicing run and goalbound strike was blocked for a corner.
But Truro struck lethally twice in four minutes. Tom Owen-Evans caught the home defence flat, superbly lobbing keeper Mark Smith for the 31st minute equaliser. Then from a corner Smith point-blank saved Owen-Evans' header but Jamie Richards smashed the loose ball in after some frantic pinball. And just six minutes after the break Cody Cooke caught Borough cold from a quick throw-in and a smart assist from midfield to make it 3-1.
It was to be City's last scoring chance of the afternoon, but they had done enough. The home side pressed and pressed, with strong leadership from Kane Wills and relentless running from Sergio Torres, but the damage had been done and – like so many other Priory Lane visitors – the mountainous City defenders were strong enough and canny enough to keep Borough at a safe distance.
There were glimpses of goal, but blunt or wayward finishing cost the Sports dear. Odubade, McCallum and substitute Shaun Okojie all came close, and when the effervescent Taylor pinged a final volley just wide from a dazzling build-up, the Priory Lane faithful gave a collective sigh: Groundhog Day all over again.
Borough: Smith; Pickering, Haran (Hendon 81), Ransom, Edwards; Taylor, Wills, Torres, McCallum; Dawes (Harris 53), Odubade (Okojie 67). Unused subs: Simpemba, Khinda-John.
Referee: a cheerfully competent Lloyd Wood - a little lenient in some eyes, but Lloyd kept the game flowing.
Att: 465
Borough MoM: a tough call. Jimmy Haran got a lot right, JT was tirelessly prompting. Gavin claimed the sponsors' bubbly. Kane Wills – battling for the cause - edges it for the press officer....


22 March 2018

Truro City 1 Havant & Waterlooville 0

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3059725
THE WHITE Tigers were at their well-organised best to complete the double over League leaders, Havant & Waterlooville, with a 1-0 win.
It was a scrappy opening to the game as neither side was able to get hold of the game.
After the visitors had enjoyed a spell of pressure, some sloppy play from them presented The White Tigers with our first chance as Cody Cooke seized upon the loose ball only to be denied by a timely intervention from Woodford.
There was a let-off for us when Strugnell cut inside and rattled the woodwork as Prior was denied by Tom McHale as he looked to capitalise on the rebound.
With the visitors looking the most likely side, Prior saw an effort whistle just past the post.
The game had a good tempo as the opening period went on with the final ball letting us down, although Niall Thompson did get in a strike that forced Young into a save.
Opportunities were proving to be few and far between at either end as both sides looked well-organised and difficult to break down and as such we went in at the break with the scoreline locked at 0-0.
The second period started with a free-kick in a promising position for The White Tigers which was delivered by Connor Riley-Lowe onto the head of Ed Palmer who went close.
With Tyler Harvey on in place of Jordan Copp, we started to ask a few more questions of our opponents and it wasn’t long before we took the lead when an inviting cross from Connor Riley-Lowe picked out the head of Harvey and he made no mistake.
It was a purposeful start to the second half by The White Tigers as our opponents were unable to get into their stride.
Carter got in a shot on the turn that Tom McHale did well to palm away as the visitors looked to find a way through a well-drilled White Tigers’ back-line.
As the clock ticked down, Hayter was brave with a header and as the ball rebounded back into his path, his low drive through a crowd of players was scrambled away from in front of goal as we breathed a sigh of relief.
We continued to frustrate our visitors who were throwing everything at us in search of a leveller, but it was not to be for them. 
This was such a well-organised and well-drilled display with everyone doing their job and working their socks off.
The victory made it three wins – and three clean sheets – in a row against three high-flying sides.WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp (Harvey), Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Yetton, Booth, Neal, Palfrey.
BOOKING(S): Owen-Evans
GOAL(S): Harvey

20 March 2018

Truro City 2 Chelmsford City 0

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THE WHITE Tigers battled out a hard-earned but deserved 2-0 victory over fellow high-flyers, Chelmsford City.
There were a few snowflakes in the air as the game got underway at a chilly Treyew Road.
It was Truro who made the brighter start in the opening exchanges and we got our reward in the seventh minute when a powerful free-kick from Ed Palmer flew into the net to open the scoring.
In the wake of the goal our visitors started to up the pressure in search of a way back into the game as Church saw his strike bravely blocked by loanee, Tom Owen-Evans and then in the next raid, Fenwick got in a stinging effort that brought the best out of Tom McHale.
The strong challenges were flying in from both sides as the opening period went on. Palmer did well to thwart a Church header and had to receive treatment as a result, whilst at the other end, Ben Harding’s strike took a deflection as Beasant saved well with his legs.
There was danger just before the half-hour mark when McHale pulled off a fine save and from the resulting corner, the ‘keeper failed to deal with an inviting ball into the area and had Ben Gerring to thank for making a vital clearance.
In the next raid Oyenuga tried his luck as the ball flew over and he was involved in the next action when he positive forward run was ended in no uncertain terms by Jordan Copp who was booked. 
The resulting free-kick was pushed away by McHale and from the corner there was a scramble in front of goal as the ball was eventually cleared.
It was becoming very much a stop-start game with the tackles flying in and Cody Cooke saw yellow for a robust challenge.
The closing stage of the first half saw Palmer become the sixth booking of the game, whilst McHale had to scramble across his goal to deny Church as we went in at the break one goal to the good.
Soon after the restart McHale was called upon to make another outstanding save to keep our lead intact.
We found ourselves under plenty of early pressure at the start of the second half and Barnum-Bobb was deny with a timely block as he got in a strike at goal.
An inviting cross from Oyenuga finds the head of Fenwick who directs his header goalwards only for McHale to make another vital save.
Some good play between Owen-Evans and Niall Thompson saw the latter denied by the ‘keeper in what was our first real effort of the second half with 66 minutes on the clock.
We were able to double our advantage when Smith was adjudged to have handled inside the area and Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up to slot home and make it 2-0.
After a raid from the visitors broke down, a long ball set Cooke away but he elected to shoot rather than pick out Rocky Neal and the ‘keeper was able to gather without too many problems.
As the clock ticked down, Harding saw a strike saved before some good running from Neal ended with him teeing up Cooke who was denied.
In the end we held out to claim a hard-earned but deserved three points against another side with play-off aspirations.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp, Owen-Evans, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Yetton, Harvey, Booth, Neal, Palfrey.
BOOKING(S): Copp, Cooke, Palmer
GOAL(S): Palmer, Riley-Lowe (pen)

14 March 2018

St Albans 0 Truro City 1

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THE WHITE Tigers got back into winning ways with a hard-earned and battling 1-0 win at fellow play-off hopefuls, St. Albans City.
There was a cagey opening to the game as both sides looked to find their feet in the early exchanges.
It was the home side who launched the first raid when Merson did well out wide before putting in an inviting cross into the danger zone which was cleared by Ben Gerring who was alert to the danger.
We went close with ten minutes on the clock when a free-kick picked out Aaron Lamont who had found space at the far post but he directed his header just the wrong side of the post.
A strike from Murrell-Williamson was well saved by Tom McHale before we took the lead with 25 minutes on the clock as we won a penalty for a foul by the ‘keeper. Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up and calmly slotted home to make it 1-0.
Boosted by the goal we looked to add to our tally with Cody Cooke and new-boy, Tom Owen-Evans, in particular causing concern for our hosts.
A long throw-in from Merson caused problems but we managed to scramble clear, then a corner from Noble saw McHale confidently punch clear through a crowd of players.
The half ended with our opponents seeing more of the ball but finding no way through The White Tigers’ back-line which was looking solid and well-organised.
Right at the end of the opening period, we went close when an effort was well kept out by Snedker in the home goal.
It was the home side who started the second period on the front-foot as they searched for a leveller. Banton linked up well with Merson but his eventual strike lacked the necessary power to trouble McHale too much.
The Saints were looking purposeful and a free-kick caused more problems but was dealt with as we cleared out lines before launching a counter-attack that ended with Cooke denied by the ‘keeper.
We were looking a threat on the break as the home side pushed on in search of a way back into the game.
Another teasing free-kick from Noble saw McHale take charge of the situation to make a claim before the next foray forward ended with Moore-Azille putting his deft header wide of the target.
A long range strike from Murrell-Williamson sailed over for the hosts as we introduced the fresh legs of Rocky Neal.
There were a few passes going astray as the clocked ticked down and the game became a bit scrappy on a heavy surface.
The home side had load appeals for a penalty as Herd went down inside the area but the referee was unimpressed and allowed play to continue.
It was a resolute display from The White Tigers full of hard work and commitment as the players stuck to their roles and battled hard for everything.
There was a let-off late on when Bender put an effort from a good position wide and then Walker did the same when he got on the end of a high cross into the danger zone.
It was backs-to-the-wall defending in the dying minutes but we managed to survive some real pressure to secured an impressive and hard-earned victory and clean sheet against a fellow play-off hopeful.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Copp (Neal), Owen-Evans (Hartridge), Cooke, Harding. Subs: Hartridge, Harvey, Booth, Palfrey.
GOAL(S): Riley-Lowe (pen)


02 March 2018

Dartford 4 Truro City 1

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THE WHITE Tigers were well beaten at League leaders, Dartford, as we slipped to a 4-1 defeat.
We started with a corner within the opening minute which was cleared by our hosts as we played with the wind at our backs during the first half.
The conditions were tricky as we looked to get a foot-hold in the game early on but the opening 15 minutes were pretty evenly-matched with neither side able to take the initiative.
With Mills starting to see more of the ball for our hosts, he was posing a number of questions and was involved in the build-up to the opening goal which saw Pugh fire home from distance into the top-corner.
The goal gave Dartford a boost but we almost hit back when Cody Cooke’s effort was deflected just wide.
A cross-come-shot from Mills went just wide before the same play saw his effort fall into the path of Pavey who went close.
We were struggling to find a way to unlock the home defence in what was proving to be a frustrating afternoon.
There was a chance for the home side when Harris put in an inviting cross that saw Mills head into the path of Pavey who failed to take advantage.
A free-kick for The White Tigers with five minutes to go in the first half was fired over from a good position, whilst at the other end, Hayes’ cross was headed wide by Mills from a good position.
It was the home side that ended the opening period on top but only had one goal to show for their efforts.
Within seconds of the restart, Dartford doubled their advantage when Hayes set up Brown who made no mistake.
Worse was to follow on 48 minutes when our sluggish start to the second period was further punished as the home side made it 3-0 when Mills used the windy conditions to fire home from out wide.
We looked at sixes and sevens when Pavey broke through shortly afterwards only to fire wide and then Mills went close with a strike.
It was one-way traffic as Pugh was the next to go close as we just couldn’t get our game together.
After Hayes went close, we launched a raid at the other end but Tyler Harvey and Rocky Neal were both thwarted by a well-organised home rear-guard.
The game started to get a bit scrappy late on with too many passes going astray from both sides. The home side had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for offside.
They did get another goal late on when more tricky play from Mills ended with him causing problems and ball found its way into the net via a deflection off a Truro knee.
It summed up our day as Mills went close again in the next attack but we did manage to pull a goal back right at the death when substitute, Niall Thompson, found the net from the edge of the area to make it 4-1 and that is how the scoreline stayed.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards (Neal), Lamont (Keats), Hartridge, Harvey, Cooke (Thompson), Harding. Subs not used: Yetton, Booth.
BOOKING(S): Palmer
GOAL(S): Thompson


28 February 2018

TISA Statement on Latest Stadium for Cornwall News

We are dismayed but sadly not surprised at today’s announcement by the Stadium for Cornwall partners that they need up to £6m public funding in order that the stadium can be completed by August 2019  which is necessary to secure the future of Truro City Football Club.  What is surprising is that Cornwall Council, knowing that the S4C project was precarious and that the future of TCFC depended on it, should the developers be allowed to redevelop Treyew Road, still went ahead and approved that application.

TISA lobbied the Council, asking that if they were to approve the planning application they should at the very least, place a 106 condition on Helical Retail to place the original Silver Bow budget of £4.8m into a fund ring-fenced by the Council to go towards either the S4C or in the event that this project did not proceed, towards another permanent relocation site for TCFC.

Regrettably, the Council only required Helical to pay £2m into a ring-fenced fund allowing a payment of £2m+ to be paid directly to TCFC. 

Astonishingly, within only 48 hours of the planning application being approved, TCFC’s owners effectively put the club up for sale claiming it to be a “debt free” football club.  This leaves us to believe that the £2m+ paid by Helical to TCFC has (or soon will be) used to repay the two owners the money they put into the club in the form of directors loans.

If we are correct then, as predicted and as we warned the Strategic Planning Committee, that money rather than being available to help secure the future of Truro City is now in the pockets of departing owners, leaving the Council now expected to either conjure up a new stadium for TCFC with only £2m in the pot, or fork out up to the £6m requested today, to build the Stadium for Cornwall.

The final consideration Cornwall Council has to make is regarding the section 106 condition to approve the ‘Temporary Relocation Facility Scheme’ which could effectively move TCFC out of Cornwall to Torquay United which may in so doing, be the final nail in the Truro City Football Club coffin, with a permanent home of their own in Cornwall looking like a the faintest glimmer of hope.
Truro Independent Supporters Association (TISA)

20 February 2018

Truro City 2 Oxford City 3

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850759

For the second successive week, City surrendered a half-time lead at Treyew Road as their National League South play-off hopes suffered another serious blow.
They led relegation-threatened Oxford City 2-0 at half time, through goals by skipper Ben Gerring and Aaron Lamont, but then capitulated in the second period conceding three goals without reply to slump to another deeply disappointing defeat.
However, amazingly they are still in the seventh and final play-off spot, but there needs to be a massive improvement, starting with next Saturday’s trip to leaders Dartford, if their season is not to fade away.
Again City began well, taking an early lead when Gerring headed home Connor Riley Lowe’s corner at the far post.
And when Aaron Lamont made it 2-0 with an astute lob over Oxford keeper Craig King, after being put through by Tyler Harvey, they looked on course for a vital three points.
But despite trailing 2-0, Oxford were the better side in the first half and City’s lead flattered them.
The visitors created a number of openings in that first period, with substitute Zac McEachran crashing a shot against the bar and then Godfrey Poku’s follow-up effort was deflected over.
Tom McHale had to save well from Joe Oastler’s header and Riley-Lowe somehow cleared a Frankie Musunda effort off the line.
The closest Truro came to a third was when Harvey was just wide after being slipped in by fellow striker Rocky Neal.
City though as they did against Wealdstone last week at Treyew, then proceeded to fall apart after the break.
Oxford soon pulled a goal back when Austen Booth was adjudged to have fouled McEachran from behind and Matt Paterson converted the penalty.
City seemed at sixes and seven and it was soon 2-2 when the dangerous Samuel Nombe was granted far too much space to find the top corner with a terrific finish.
The home side were shell-shocked and when the normally reliable Jamie Richards disastrously slipped out on the left Nombe took full advantage to race clear and put Oxford 3-2 ahead.
The White Tigers tried to get back into the match without too much conviction, with Ben Harding heading over from a corner and substitute Noah Keats having a shot blocked the closest they came to an equaliser.
But in truth Oxford, who started the day in 17th, were worthy winners with City looking like a well beaten side at the final whistle as the rain poured down.
Truro City (3-5-2): McHale; Gerring (capt), Richards (Thompson 78), Hartridge; Palfrey, Harding, Lamont (Keats 81), Booth, Riley-Lowe; Neal, Harvey (Yetton 88).
Subs (not used): Todd, Copp.
Yellow Cards: Harding, Harvey.
Oxford City (3-4-3): King; Musunda, Oastler, Godwin-Malife; Jones, Fleet, Poku (capt), Grant; Nombe (Fofana 78), Paterson, Sinclair (McEachran).
Subs (not used): Forde.


13 February 2018

Truro City 1 Wealdstone 3

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850749

Wealdstone achieved a highly dramatic second-half turnaround at Treyew Road on Saturday with striker David Pratt notching a rapid-fire brace of goals to not only break his duck but also to kill off an in-form Truro City side that had looked very comfortable with a single goal lead in a scrappy first period. Stones sealed the win with another very assured Danny Green penalty.
Having made the long 300-mile trip into Cornwall on the Friday, Stones were in no mood to see the game called off due to the prevailing ‘Cornish Mist’ and Manager Bobby Wilkinson revealed after the match that he ensured he was present for the early Saturday morning pitch inspection. It appeared that the home officials wanted the game off but Wilkinson and final arbiter, Referee Samuel Allison were having none of it and the match proceeded on a soft but perfectly playable surface.
Stones opted to start the contest with a single striker up front but after a reasonable first few minutes it was apparent that this tactic was going to be hard work against a pressing White Tigers side that were finding space in the wide areas and playing three at the back.
Stones were rocked after only 5 minutes when a loose ball found Ben Harding and he lashed home past an exposed Jonathan North.
The away side’s most effective outlet, as the half progressed, was loanee Iffy Allen who teased and danced his way on the right flank but couldn’t quite make the link up with the forwards when it mattered.
City looked good value for their lead and continued to look the more positive and assured with their forward play and were winning corners as the pressure on the Stones back line increased.
Stones best chance came from a deep run from the ever-hard-working Pratt but he fired over under pressure; as the half concluded Eddie Oshodi had a header well held by keeper Tom McHale.
Whether it was the half-time Wilkinson hair dryer treatment or the change to two up front with the introduction of Dan Fitchett, Stones looked a transformed side after the turnaround.
Stones were immediately on the offensive and from an initial corner they drew level within two minutes. The relief of scoring his first Stones goal was there for all to see as Pratt turned in a scrambled opportunity as he celebrated with the fans. But he wasn’t done. From the re-start the former Chippenham Town striker broke free from a great five man build up and he fired clinically past McHale leaving the White Tigers shell shocked and trailing.
Stones then took full control but to the Tiger’s credit they still had a sting in the tails – none more so than when the excellent Marcus Johnson-Schuser cleared off the line.
But on 64 minutes Stones sealed the points.  Fitchett, whose hold up play made a telling contribution, was upended in the box and Danny Green coolly fired home the spot kick for 3-1.
City still had time to rattle North’s upright but Stones defence held firm to ensure that the long trip was very worthwhile.
Stones are in action this Tuesday evening in the Semi-Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup at The Vale and back in league action versus Dartford, also at The Vale, on Saturday, kick-off 15:00.
WEALDSTONE: North, Johnson-Schuser, Okimo, Gayle, Oshodi, Cox, Whichelow, Wellard, Pratt, Green, Allen. Subs used: Fitchett, Sellers, Goodger, Sellers. Not used: Wilson, Otudeko
By Nick DuGard

Bognor Regis Town 0 Truro City 2

A serious injury to Rocks keeper Dan Lincoln overshadowed the action as Bognor lost 2-0 at home to Truro.
The goalie was hurt as he tried to prevent what proved the winning goal and needed lengthy attention for an apparent spinal problem.
An ambulance was called while stewards and club medics attended to Lincoln and made sure he was well wrapped up on a cold afternoon.
After a delay of more than half an hour, Lincoln was carefully lifted on to a spinal board and taken to hospital by ambulance.
Many thought the game could have been abandoned because of the length of the hold-up but the officials persevered and the players came back out to play the final 10 minutes.
The action and the result didn't seem to matter to anyone after the injury to Lincoln.
At the start of the afternoon, the Rocks went into the game not having won a league game in front of their own fans since August 15, and with only one National League South victory since that first month of the season.
They handed a debut to new stirker Stefan Ljubicic, an Icelandic under-19 international recruited from Brighton's academy, while Ben Swallow was back in the squad after injury but had to settle for a place on the bench.
Truro arrived in the thick of the play-off race, in seventh place.
It was a fairly bright start to the game by Jack Pearce's men as they played the ball around briskly and had the better of the early possession.
The first chance to look for the head of Ljubicic from a set-piece was wasted when a short corner failed to end in a cross into the box.
There was a lengthy hold-up while Truro midfielder Noah Keats was treated for an injury sustained in an innocuous challenge by Jimmy Muitt.
Keaton Wood was booked for a heavy tackle on Cody Cooke, while the injured Keats was forced to hobble off, replaced by Aaron Lamont.
A nice spell of pressure by Bognor ended in crosses from the right by first Dan Beck then Calvin Davies being cleared.
On the whole neither side looked particularly threatening in the final third, with the two keepers both onlookers.
Manny Adebowale's hesitation in dealing with a Truro through-ball almost cost Bognor as Tyler Harvey pounced and fired a 25-yard shot off the top of the bar, with Lincoln beaten.
Ed Palmer's header from Connor Riley-Lowe's left-sided cross was only just wide as Truro enjoyed their best spell of the game to date.
Ljubicic and Ibra Sekajja combined to set up Davies for a rocket but it was deflected for a right-sided corner on 35 minutes.
It eventually fell to Ljubicic but his overhead attempt was well wide.
Within a minute Muitt woke the crowd up with a dribble and a shot that wasn't too far wide of keeper Tom McHale's post.
A half-chance for Harvey flew wide with Lincoln not troubled after Truro were given a free-kick for a player falling over his own feet.
Palmer was booked for halting Ljubicic in a move in which the Rocks were allowed to play but Richard Gilot was crowded out after getting to the byline.
The Rocks handed possession to Truro and the west-country side almost made them pay but Cooke headed his diving header wide.
Soon Harvey got his end on a Ben Harding cross but directed it wide.
As Truro continued to build the pressure Harding curled a shot at goal that Lincoln had to dive full length to push away.
HT 0-0
The first shot on goal after the restart came from Cooke but it struck a defender and went out for a corner.
Bognor were struggling to find any fluency and when they did get hold of the ball, they were giving it away far too easily.
One gift of possession by Muitt led to Harvey having sight of goal but Lincoln got behind his shot.
Palmer was over-ambitious with a 30-yard shot that flew well wide.
The Rocks' task got a whole lot harder on 64 minutes when Ljubicic's promising and hard-working debut ended early when he was red-carded for an illegal challenge that left defender Jamie Richards pole-axed.
That's likely to bring him a three-game ban - the last thing the Rocks need in their perilous position.
Truro responded to gaining a man advantage by doing most of the pressing - as you'd expect - and Cooke was close with a header that beat Lincoln but went a couple of feet wide.
Ben Swallow replaced Sekajja with a quarter of an hour to go. Then Truro were reduceed to ten men when Palmer was shown a second yellow for a cynical foul on Muitt as he galloped down the right.
That lifted the crowd and the Rocks and Swallow was sent clear for a run down the right that ended in him cutting in and firing a low shot just wide of McHale's near post.
But it was Truro who edged in front with 11 minutes to go - with Rocks keeper Lincoln getting injured in the process.
A low ball in from the right saw Truro defender Ben Gerring slide in to poke the ball goalwards, and Davies' clearance was deemed to have come after the ball had crossed the line.
Lincoln stayed down, and it soon became evident he had suffered some kind of spinal injury.
Stewards and club medics attended to him and made sure he was well covered up, while not wanting to move him before specialist medical help arrived.
Eventually an ambulance did arrive and after another wait while paramedics assessed him and moved him on to a spinal board, the players came out to warm up for the final ten minutes to be played.
When play did finally resume at 5.35pm sub Swallow was sent through on goal down the left but hesitated and Truro cleared.
Charman, brought on in goal in place of Lincoln, then showed his prowess between the sticks with a superb low save to keep out sub Andrew Neil's header.
Another sub Lamont ran through with only Charman to beat but was thwarted by another terrific save by the stand-in.
The Rocks certainly had their tails up after ther resumption, desperate to salvage a point, but Truro sub Neil clinched it for Truro when he got away down the left, rounded Charman and stroked the ball into the empty net.
Muitt was booked for a late tackle as the Rocks' frustrations were completed.
An afternoon to forget - and certainly one when the result didn't really seem to matter as fans went home hoping the news on Lincoln's injury proves not to be as serious as it looked.
Report Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Observer.

22 January 2018

Whitehawk 3 Truro City 2

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Despite being adrift at the bottom of the table, our hosts went into the game unbeaten in three games since the turn of the year and they started the game with purpose as Marsh-Brown forced an early corner before a neat move ended with Omotayo’s effort being deflected over by Benyon.
It was developing into an evenly-matched affair as the half went on with chances at a premium at either end.
There was a booking for Chris Todd, who was back in the heart of the back-line, for a foul on Benyon as our hosts looked to launch a raid.
The home side took the lead on 21 minutes when the lively Marsh-Brown managed to get in an inviting cross to find Omotayo who in turn teed up Lyons-Foster and he fired home to make it 1-0.
The lead lasted barely five minutes before we were back on level terms when Aaron Lamont launched an attack and as the ball came back to him, he spotted the run of Cody Cooke who broke through before slotting home.
We started to up the tempo in the wake of the equaliser and on 28 minutes, Keats was unlucky to see his strike crash against the woodwork.
There was a good chance at the other end when Omotayo found space inside the area but he flashed his low strike across the face of goal and inches wide of the target.
The White Tigers took the lead when Tyler Harvey put the ball into the danger zone after some good work by Connor Riley-Lowe and following a melee, Ben Harding was on hand to guide the ball home with the ‘keeper on the floor.
Moments after the goal, Benyon went close for the hosts when his effort was deflected just over, whilst at the other end, a breakaway ended with Harvey seeing his attempt pushed out by the ‘keeper.
The early action of the second period saw Ed Palmer go into the book after he halted the progress of Benyon and from the resulting free-kick, Omotayo went close.
There was a chance for Cooke at the other end after he linked up with Harvey but he lifted the ball over the ‘keeper and just wide.
Our hosts were able to get back onto level terms when Benyon won a corner which was delivered invitingly into the danger zone where Omotayo went up for the header with Harding and the ball looped over Tom McHale and into the net to make it 2-2.
There was a chance for The White Tigers when Keates linked up with Cooke whose ball across the face of goal just evaded the reach of Harvey.
The home side regained the lead when Lamont brought Marsh-Brown down inside the area and was duly booked. From the resulting spot-kick, Omotayo saw his effort saved by Tom McHale but he was alert to guide the rebound home to put his side back in front.
A positive run from Lyons-Foster ended him with dragging his effort wide as The White Tigers struggled to regain a hold in the game as the clock ticked down.
As we approached added time at the end, McHale did well to deny Pinney before a goalmouth scramble right at the death saw the home side clear their lines to secure a first home win of the season as their impressive form continues.

WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Todd (Yetton), Richards, Lamont, Keats (Neal), Harvey, Cooke, Harding. Subs not used: Palfrey, Copp.
BOOKING(S): Todd, Palmer, Lamont
GOAL(S): Cooke, Harding