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Truro City manager Steve Massey's reflects on another frustrating week

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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FOR this week's Truro City FC news, why not just read last week's column. That's how it certainly feels at the moment regarding this last week of football, or rather no football.

Yes, after writing about the frustrations of match postponements due to poor weather, we had exactly the same situation again at the weekend. Rain, rain, oh, and a bit more rain. And a smattering of hail for good measure.

We don't so much have a pitch at the moment, rather a boggy swamp.

Peter (Masters) had kept me well informed about the state of the home pitch as the week progressed.

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On Thursday, he said it was extremely doubtful, particularly with the forecasted rain to come, that we would be playing on Saturday.

Hungerford though had different ideas, and decided to travel down on Friday afternoon.

I had spoken with their manager Bobby Wilkinson on Friday morning and told him that it was highly unlikely that the match would go ahead.

I suggested that they wait until the results of the early evening inspection and travel down the following morning. Bobby declined, preferring to travel down and hope for the best.

Predictably, the match day referee agreed that the pitch was a no-go. Cue text message from Bobby: 'Mass where is the best place to go out in Truro for the evening'?

Where else could you say? Bunters and L2, of course!

And, for our Chairman it was a little silver lining in the form of extra business, as a dozen or so players and management from the Hungerford club enjoyed his superb hospitality.

One piece of good news this weekend was the announcement of a new and exciting management team for our second team. Since the unfortunate resignation of former manager Anthony (Reynolds), we had been inundated with enquiries from across the county for the vacancy.

I had my eye on a particular possible team of three to step into the role. I had, in fact, spoken with the very same team early on during pre-season about managing our seconds.

At that time I was too late, as they had already confirmed a position with another club.

This time, I hoped it might be different, and so it proved. I requested permission from their club to speak with them.

The talks went very well, and we are pleased to say that Jon Peters, Robin Watt and Steve Flack will take charge of our second team as of this week.

Their remit from me for the rest of this season is to push for promotion. A tough ask, to be sure.

But JP, Robin and Steve are confident that, with a few quality additions, a little bit of luck and lots of hard work, a promotion place might not be that out of reach.

TCFC are thrilled about the trio joining us. Their input is a considerable boost for the club, and we are sure that they will build on the success that Anthony brought to the seconds.

With many games cancelled this week, I had the rare opportunity to watch a match on TV – and what a game it turned out to be. I, along with millions of other viewers no doubt, fully expected to see Manchester United overturn their second leg deficit and proceed to the final.

It didn't work out like that, though. The game ended with surely one of the worst shoot-outs ever in footballing history.

If you get chance to review their game against Sunderland, check out Phil Jones' penalty. His legs freeze, then his standing leg goes like jelly and his striking foot looks like a six-by-two plank of wood.

Clearly, his and the rest of penalty takers' mind sets were not right. They were only hoping to score, rather than thinking that they would.

Of course, we are all great experts sat in our armchairs shouting at the TV at this sort of situation.

As it happens, during my entire career to date, I've only ever won once when it's come down to the dreaded pens. And never as a manager.

Here's to a dry week for us all.

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