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Football: Truro City v Banbury United match report

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

  • TONGUE TWISTER: Les Afful on the ball against Banbury United. Picture by Colin Higgs.

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STEVE Tully couldn't have handpicked better opponents than Banbury for his first home game in charge of City.

The Oxfordshire side went into Saturday's match on the back of eight straight Calor League premier division defeats and ten losses in all on the bounce.

And in truth, there was never any likelihood that they would end that depressing run, as City cruised to only their fifth home league win of the season, winning much as they pleased to give Tully his first win in only his second game in charge.

The ninth successive league defeat for Banbury equalled an unwelcome club record for consecutive league losses, within a season, dating back to the 1964-65 season.

And as new City boss Tully was honest enough to admit after the game, Banbury were a team "we should beat every week," and said he and the players would not get carried away. He said: "It's three points, we scored some goals and a clean sheet, what more can you ask for? I was really pleased. It's only a start. It's three points and moves us up the table a little bit (from 19th to 17th), but it's just a stepping stone."

Goals by Cody Cooke, Monty Berrow and Paul Kendall eased City into a 3-0 interval lead and in the second half substitutes Liam Eddy and Jordan Copp also netted to equal the home side's biggest win of the season against Bashley.

The only minor disappointment, on a foul afternoon of hail and rain, was that City did not score more goals, such was their dominance against probably the poorest team to visit Treyew Road this season.


Tully added: "The first 20 minutes was all about the start. I played Cody down the middle as aerially he wins everything and we had two runners in Monty and Les, who gambled on everything and caused their back four all sorts of problems.

"The second half was just a matter of how many we scored."

Tully made two changes from the team that lost 1-0 at Poole Town last week, with Les Afful fit to replace the injured Ben Watson and Joe Broad resuming in midfield, with Jamie Lowry out after the death of his mother.

From the start City took the game to the visitors and went ahead after eight minutes, with a totally unmarked Cooke easily tucking away Joe Broad's cross from the right.

And it soon became 2-0 as Torquay United youngster Monty Berrow scored his first City goal, scrambling the ball at home at the far post from Afful's cross from the left.

It was all Truro with Cooke hitting the post and other chances not being accepted.

But they did not get their third until just before half time when skipper Kendall was left unmarked to headed home a Jordan Copp corner from the right after the midfielder had replaced hamstring victim Olly Brokenshire.

The second half was a similar story with City in almost total command, although keeper Grant Fisher did have to make an excellent save to turn over a firece strike from Adeyinka Talabi.

The only real surprise was that City only scored two more goals. Copp made it 4-0 at the start of the second period after Banbury keeper Scott Dutton had parried an Afful shot into his path and substitute Liam Eddy soon added a fifth picking up Cooke's through ball and lobbing the visitors' No1 for his 11th goal of the season, making him City's top scorer after being played in by Cooke.

Tully is already planning for next season after agreeing deals with keeper Grant Fisher and midfielder Dan Green.

The pair have signed up for the rest of this season and the 2014-15 campaign, with Shane White and Cody Cooke expected to follow suit shortly as well as Jamie Lowry.

With Jake Ash, Joe Broad and Ben Watson already contracted to the club for next season, Tully, who took over from the sacked Steve Massey earlier this month, is clearly building for the future, although at present he has only been given the job until the end of the season.

He said: "I am very grateful to the chairman (Pete Masters) for backing me and I think we have the nucleus of a good squad.

"It is no good leaving it until the end of the season, and the chairman agrees with me. Clubs have already been looking at our players."

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