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Truro City manager Steve Massey's latest column

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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IT'S just not funny anymore; whoever has been doing all these rain dances, can you please stop now?

Another week rolls by and another week of pretty-much relentless monsoon-like rain, rendering pitches up and down the county waterlogged and unplayable.

Our away match with Redditch last Saturday was postponed; we were advised that their pitch was akin to a boggy swamp.

And so, as you know, that will be yet another weekend match that will need to be rearranged for a midweek slot.

At the start of the New Year we had only one scheduled mid-week game to the end of the season in April.

Of course, we knew that there would be a few long trips on the fixture list, but they were supposed to all be Saturdays.

As you might imagine, travelling on a weekend isn't as much of an issue as during the week. However, with a month of Saturdays now having to be rearranged, we have some huge mid-week trips to cope with.

I have never known a season be so affected for so long by adverse weather like this one has been.

This stop-start feel to matches has seemed particularly frustrating this week after quite a competitive game of football against Stourbridge.

Indeed, the game in question was a welcome return to the routine, banter and excitement of a league match.

After riding our luck in the first ten minutes or so, the game went very well. The lads played with an enthusiasm and cohesion that belied the fact that they hadn't played competitively for over three weeks.

Some of the individual performances were superb. Ollie Brokenshire is starting to maximise his potential game on game.

Dan Green is now playing with an assuredness regarding his fitness, and is forming a formidable partnership in midfield with Joe Broad. Steve Tully is looking like a 25-year-old again! And Ben Watson is displaying all his experience and looking like scoring every game now.

Ollie had put us one-up with a sublime goal after 30 minutes. If Sky TV had been televising the game, they would have shown his goal over and over.

Although Stourbridge drew level after the hour mark, we continued to dominate and, deservedly, went ahead again through Ben Watson.

I must admit, I thought we had all of the three points. However, with the game entering injury time, big Pughy, who had a great game and played with a gash down his shin from a knock in the first half, failed to clear the ball, allowing Stourbridge to capitalise on the error, and grab a very fortunate point.

With confidence high after another great performance against one of the top four sides, we were all looking forward to Saturday at Redditch

But once again down came the rain and washed the game out. Fortunately, the second team game was declared on.

The groundsmen, Tom and Titch, along with Ron and our very own Mr Chairman (getting his hands dirty, or wet as the case was!) deserve great credit for all their hard work in making the pitch playable.

This game was to be the Seconds' first match with their new management team. I eagerly drove down hoping to see the reserves romp away with another three points towards the team's promotion challenge.

Football, though, is never kind, or predictable. What with the gale force wind conditions, the team never ever really got going and had to settle, instead, for just the one point against a tough and hard-working Bude team.

Finally, on a lighter note, I wonder if any of you listen to the Johnnie Vaughan football show on Talk Sport each Saturday? It's absolutely hilarious.

If you've not heard it yet, then do try to tune in this weekend. His Leeds United supporter voice is superb…

Hopefully, however, you will be at a match, not listening to the radio.. And if you do manage to find a game on somewhere, enjoy it.

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