Truro City 2 Chelmsford City 0 (17.03.2018)
By Truro City Football Club
Hard-earned but deserved victory...
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)