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Truro City players to quit after two more games unless a buyer is found - Hodges

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

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City player-manager Lee Hodges says he and the players will only stay at Treyew Road  for two more games unless a buyer is found for the club which went into administration earlier this month.

After watching his side crash out of the FA Cup, against the club City beat to win the 2007 FA Vase final,  Hodges said the uncertainty over the club's future, with the players still not being paid had gone on long enough.

Truro travel to Chelmsford in Blue Square South next Saturday and then entertain Bath  City on Tuesday week which could be the club's last game,  at least at this level.

He said: "I said to the players in the changing room give me Saturday at Chelmsford and  then Bath at home and if  there is no money that's it.  It's all    over.

"We have two  games left unless we get a buyer

 "We are not training and its showing. If we were training twice a week we would   have  beaten them.

"We can't' keep listening that people   are interested (in buying the club)  and not doing anything  about it.

"Other clubs are intertested in the players but  they are holding out. They want to stay and do it but say something has got  to happen and quickly."

The administrators  say there are interested parties but none have yet made a firm offer for the club and with the players' making a stand, time is rapidly running out.

In the second qualifying round tie itself, City were poor in the first half and were fortunate to trail just 1-0 at the break with  Richard Gillespie converting Michael Gosney's cross midway through the half.

The Hampshire side had earlier missed a penalty when Gosney shot wide from the spot.

The second half began disastrously for the home side with  Dave Allen lobbing Tim Sandercombe to make it 2-0 after just 36 seconds of the second period.

But  a Stewart Yetton header, from a free-kick by  Hodges,  gave City hope and the home side svereal times  threatened an equaliser before a horrible defensive mix-up allowed Gosney to head home from a Gillespie cross to make it 3-1 with seven minutes to go.

Although Ben Williams pulled a goal back in stoppage time, it came too late to  matter as City missed out the chance of winning much needed £4,500 in prize money.

Now their fight is to try and just survive.

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  • Sarah_Jones11  |  September 26 2012, 11:41AM

    Geez is this story still going on ? Put everyone out of their misery and close the thing down, flog anything worth selling, and pay those who are out of pocket at any time in the supposed glory years of the Heaney empire.

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  • Truro_England  |  September 26 2012, 10:51AM

    This is how I see it and what willl happen-- A certain Mr H who signed over the ground to the Salisbury City chairman did this 'behind closed doors deal' knowing the club would soon fall on its sword. Think of it, if theres no football being played on that ground than what else is there to do but build!!

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  • Truro_England  |  September 26 2012, 10:51AM

    This is how I see it and what willl happen-- A certain Mr H who signed over the ground to the Salisbury City chairman did this 'behind closed doors deal' knowing the club would soon fall on its sword. Think of it, if theres no football being played on that ground than what else is there to do but build!!

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  • doowopper  |  September 24 2012, 11:03AM

    Who will buy the club if the ground's owner won't get in contact? Why put money into a club when you don't know what the ground's owners want for a rent or even say that they won't extend the current lease beyond the present 5 seasons left.

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