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Truro City boss confident of top half finish

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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STEVE Massey is convinced his Truro City team will finish nearer the top of the Calor League premier division table than the bottom, despite their current lowly league position.

City languish 19th in the table after Saturday’s controversial 3-2 defeat at Corby Town and missed the chance to improve on their position when Tuesday evening’s home game with Weymouth was postponed, with 70 per cent of the pitch at Treyew Road unplayable.

And the City boss is well aware that only improved results will silence his, and his side’s critics, but he is sure his team will soon start to rise up the table, hopefully starting with a win at home to Arlesey Town on Saturday (3pm).

He said: “We have 15 games still left and that’s 45 points still to play for.

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“You will see us going to try and finish as high as possible and I am sure we will finish nearer to the top than the bottom.

“Where we are does not reflect of how we have played, but I have been in football long enough to know it is all about results and we have got to start and get the points and move up the table.

“Don’t think for minute we are happy where we are and it hurts but I have faith in the players.

“There is no question of our commitment and desire or our fitness levels, despite some comments from within the club.”

City are well clear of any relegation problems, being 16 points clear of the drop zone, but are 26 points off the fifth and final play-off place currently occupied by Stourbridge.

Massey added: “If Bideford had scored a couple less goals last season they would have been relegated. It took them a season to come to terms with the league and just look at where they are now and we will do the same.”

For Saturday’s match, City hope to have Les Afful fit after the chest infection which forced him to miss the Corby game while Steve Tully (ankle), Paul Kendall (dead leg), Joe Broad (hamstring) and Warren Daw (foot) shouldall be available.

Former City favourite Barry Hayles, who scored for Arlesey in their 3-1 defeat at St Neot’s Town on Tuesday evening, is expected to figure for the visitors.

It was their seventh defeat in nine league outings this year and a result which dropped the Bedfordshire side to tenth in the table.

Hayles scored 32 goals for City in 88 appearances and was part of the team that won the Southern League’s premier division under then manager Lee Hodges.

On Tuesday, City make the trip to play Burnham in another rearranged match.

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