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Truro City's FA Trophy hopes ended as lights go out

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

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Farnborough 3 Truro City 2

Cash-strapped Truro's hopes of a lucrative FA  Trophy run were ended at the first hurdle as they were beaten by their Bklue Square Bet South league rivals in Hampshire.

But the biggest talking point after the game was likely to be the debut of former Plymouth Argyle keeper Luke McCormick in place of the injured regular No1 Tim Sandercombe.

The 29-year-old McCormick was jailed for  seven years  and four months in 2008 for killing two young brothers in a car crash, while drink driving.

McCormick, who played 138 times for Argyle,  was released from prison earlier this year and had a trial at Swindon but they decided not to sign him.

He was beaten after 22 minutes by Elvis Hammond, but Andy Watkins levelled with a spectacular effort 30-yard effort just before half time.

The home side went 2-1 up just after the hour through Dan Bennett when Truro failed to clear a corner.

For much of the second half there was  a problem with the floodlights, with the lights all down one side of the pitch not working.

However, despite's Truro continuing protests the referee allowed the game to continue and ten minutes from time, Farnborough went 3-1 up from the penalty spot through on-loan Aldershot Town striker Reece Connolly after Jake Ash had brought him down.

Although Ash pulled a goal back right on time, City were unable to grab an equaliser and with it a replay, as their chance of much needed £4,000 in prize money disappeared.

After the game manager Lee Hodges said they would be protesting to the FA about the referee's decision to continue with the game with half the lights out of action.

"All we are asking is that it is fair for both sides and it wasn't," he said.

"I am desperately disappointed we did not get anything from the game."

He did not want to comment on McCormick signing, but said the keeper, who was playing for nothing on a non contract basis, had played very well.

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  • zeroeight  |  November 11 2012, 7:34PM

    he served the time the judge gave him just let him be

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  • Calenickbus  |  November 11 2012, 1:09PM

    PRESS RELEASE Sunday 11th November 2012 – 12 Noon As we are all aware Truro City Football Club is trading in administration under the direction of the Administrator Kate Breeze. On 19th October 2012 following the very late decision on that day for the preferred bidder to withdraw from the purchase we that is L2 Nightclub and A2B Taxis provided the 50k Bond to ensure that the club remained in the Blue Square Conference South League. We have since become preferred bidder and now have an agreed deal in place which should be signed off hopefully this week. All decisions made during the administration at this time are made by others directly involved both on and off the field and ultimately signed off by the Administrator. We were made aware of Luke's engagement late Friday as a matter of courtesy and that Luke would possibly be playing at the Farnborough FA Trophy match on Saturday due to the injury sustained by the Clubs usual goalkeeper last week. Furthermore we are advised that the engagement will remain in place to the end of the season. Therefore on completion of the sale Luke will be Truro City Football Clubs responsibility as a player. We would emphasize that we had no control over that decision. Lee Hodges is and will remain the Manager of the Truro City Football Club and any future decisions on Luke will be made in conjunction with Lee and the board of directors in control at that time. Meanwhile we would ask everyone to reserve judgement at this stage until we are in a better place to act in the best interest of Truro City Football Club. _______________________________________________________________ L2 Nightclub & A2B Taxis

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  • Clive_Stevens  |  November 10 2012, 6:52PM

    Well after them signing him, I hope they are unable to sort their finances out and go totally bust. They may well be desperate but there is no excuse for signing a murdering *******

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