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Truro City
Braintree Town
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 521

Truro City 1 Braintree Town 2 (21.04.2018)

Disappointing home set-back...

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 just 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

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