THE White Tigers crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup after a 5-2 defeat to National League North side Hereford, despite leading 0-2 at Edgar Street.
Goals from Ryan Law and Niall Thompson put us in the driving seat after just sixteen minutes but the hosts responded well in the second half scoring four times and booking their place in the next round of the competition.
Left back Ryan Law gave us a perfect start as he latched onto a Luke Jephcott pass before firing a low shot across goal into the bottom corner for 0-1 after just ten minutes on the clock.
Things then got even better for the White Tigers six minutes later as Niall Thompson bundled the ball in after a scramble to double our advantage.
The hosts pulled one back within five minutes. The hosts were awarded a penalty for a suspected hand ball which Reece Styche took and despite the best efforts of James Hamon got his side right back in the game.
We had a big chance moments before the break to make it three although both Law and Thompson saw the ball cleared off the line as we went into the break ahead.
Hereford started the second half bright and quickly got their equaliser. Rowan Liburd did well down the left hand side before picking out Jordan Nicholson who tapped home to level the scores on 51 minutes.
Keats then picked out Thompson who saw a shot rattle the bar before that chance came back to punish us. Liburd was picked out from a free kick and he fired past a helpless Hamon to put the hosts in front for the first time in the contest.
Hereford made it four after Hamon made a brilliant close range save but Mike Symons was on hand to tap home and to kill the tie with five minutes to go.
The home side then got a late fifth as they were awarded their second penalty of the encounter in added time. Peter Vincenti went right down the middle to wrap up the tie.
We now have a week to recover before we welcome Hayes and Yeading to Treyew Road next week in the Southern League. (KO 3pm)
TRURO: Hamon, Davis, Law, Ward, Gafaiti (Rooney 85), Richards ©, Dean, Booth, Keats (N’Diaye 77), Thompson, Jephcott.
Unused substitutes: Stedman, Garside, Yetton, Mbayo, Battle.
Bookings: Gafaiti, Dean
Match report and photo by Cameron Weldon