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Truro City manager reflects on an 'extraordinary' weekend for the club in his latest exclusive column

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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IT CERTAINLY was another extraordinary weekend in the fortunes of Truro City football club – celebrations, disappointments, frustrations and resignations – it had it all.

We (Southern Premier team) gave a wonderful performance against a side favourites for a play-off spot, writes STEVE MASSEY.

Our display was excellent and we should have taken all three points. The feeling in the dressing room was one of real disappointment. We all knew for the fourth time in five games that two points had been lost.

If anyone wanted to know the value of somebody who can stick the ball in the back of the net, we surely do here at Truro City.

Having played some of the best football during the season over this last month, the team is beginning to show its potential. However, those elusive goals really do emphasise the importance of a goal scorer in your side. I suppose all teams could look at and point to, if only this or only that.

But those four games should have realised another EIGHT points and that would have taken us high into the top half. It just shows the fine margins for success.

Our South West Peninsula side were on a great run, unbeaten and winning their last five games and they went to Porthleven full of confidence and looking to extend that run to six. Football, though, has a wonderful way of bringing you down to earth just when you think you are flying high.

After totally dominating the first half hour and missing at least three great chances to go ahead, the seconds in the final hour played like they hadn't seen each before. Losing in the end 5-1 it was a huge disappointment and setback to our outside promotion chances.

It was from this result that events then took a turn for the worse and, I am sad to say, Truro City lost a very good and honest man, in our manager Anthony Reynolds, who resigned later in the evening.

Anthony, who had his own reasons for stepping down, has done a magnificent job in managing our second team this season.

I spoke to him at length, but his mind had been made up and although it saddens me to lose an enthusiastic and hard working manager the club must now move on.

I would like to thank Anthony for all the excellent work this season and wish him and his family all the very best and hope he finds further success in whatever he does next.

Unfortunately, though, once again the rumour mill went into in overdrive. From conspiracy theories to just downright unbelievably made up clap-trap, the forums, websites and twitter went crazy. I was extremely pleased to see Anthony rightly rubbish the silly notion that some Mafia family connections (Masseys) had somehow been behind his resignation.

It was Anthony's decision to speak to and ask my brother Stuart to work with him. This was going to be a great partnership, but unfortunately things do happen in football, Anthony felt a particular issue was the last straw.

I totally understand where he was coming from. Working with our chairman, there is never a dull moment. He rightly asks for and demands success. He has every right to ask questions and express his disappointment when he feels things are not going right.

I have a fantastic working relationship with him. We have had many disagreements on the football side. Two or three really humdingers when the phones (and both our ears) were red hot. Though I believe that is healthy for a successful working partnership.

He asks questions, I give answers and we move on. Sometimes experience has taught me that to be a manager working with a chairman (particular one who quite rightly is has ambitious and demanding as ours) you have to have thick skin. Anthony will be back, a better and more experienced manager I am sure for his time here.

Finally, it was left to our superb Ladies' team to give us a win last weekend. Travelling to Weymouth on Sunday, Neil Phillips' team came back with three points.

They had to wait until the 70th minute for the first goal to go in, but then scored three more to end up winning 4-0 and cementing their place has favourites to take the title.

Football is never ever simple. If it was we would all be champions and cup winners.>

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  • celebrate123  |  January 16 2014, 10:46AM

    Nice piece and some good positive comments from Mr Massey however having watched the seconds game I still think it was not as bad as the result perhaps indicated, no we didn't take our chances in the first half but we were still in the game, we also had chances in the last twenty minutes even with Andy off the field. Two other points, I think we are being a little disrespectful to Porthleven, they turned out a well organised very young team, average age of 17 who raised their game to the challenge. We also should look at another positive, two 16 year old subs thrown on in the last 25 mins of a ill tempered match in a very hostile atmosphere (6 names given to the CCFA by their own club for abusive, foul and threatening behaviour rightly so and respect to them for having the balls to do it) Kyle was a pest up front and gave them something to think about and Kieran at right back seemed to stem the flow of attacks down the right whilst supplying some great passes and support to the attacking players playing a big part in Truros only goal. This second team needs support and encouragement and if criticism is to be levelled at them by the manager or the chairman it should be behind closed doors and not aired on social media, that privilege should be reserved for us fans and supporters ! lol... Let's get behind them this weekend when they have another big big test with two influential players injured and another leaving the club.

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