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Truro City boss full of praise for team as they make their point

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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Arlesey Town 1 Truro City 1

Steve Massey was full of praise for his City team after they upset the odds to deny the in-form home team a fifth straight Calor League premier division win.

He said: “It was one of our better, if not best performances of the season, and goodness knows how we did not take all three points.

“I was really thrilled with our display and I cannot fault the players.

“We played some excellent football and battered them in the second half, but just could not get that second goal.”

Massey made two changes from the team that drew 0-0 at home to Corby Town, with Les Afful recalled in place of Liam Eddy and Neil Slateford in for Cody Cooke, as the City boss took the chance to rotate his squad.

And City began well, despite playing against the strong wind at the Armadillo Stadium, taking the lead after just nine minutes.

Good approach play ended with Jamie Lowry crossing for Les Afful to force the ball home for his third goal of the season.

And City held onto their lead until six minutes before the break when they were caught napping at the back allowing Jonny MacNamara to play in Christian Tavernier for the home equaliser.

After the interval it was virtually all City, though Grant Fisher did have to make one important save, early in the half.

The visitors used the wind well and were desperately unlucky on several occasions not to take the lead.

Paul Kendall hit the bar with a good header and had another effort was blocked by the home keeper.

Ben Watson, substitutes Liam Eddy and Cooke and Neil Slateford all came close ,but the home goal bore what Massey described as a “charmed life.”

So in the end City had to settle for a point which was the least they deserved for their efforts.

Massey added: “To give Arlesey credit they defended well and their keeper made a couple of great saves.

“But on another day we would have won the game. But we can take great heart from the performance going into the Boxing Day game at Bideford.”

City: Fisher; Tully, Kendall, Pugh, White; Afful (Cooke 55), Lowry, Broad, Green, Slateford (Eddy 75), Watson.

Subs (Not used): Copp, Brokenshire, Daw.

Crowd: 137.

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