St Albans City 1 Truro City 3
Two goals from man of the match Dan Green and one from Cody Cooke, saw Truro City stun third-placed St Albans and give the White Tigers three Calor League premier division wins in a row for the first time this season.
It must rank as one of their best performances of the season and further justified manager Steve Massey’s belief they will finish the campaign in the top half of the table. The win moved City up a place to 17th.
And the City boss was full of praise for his side’s performance at Clarence Park.
He said: “Make no mistake, we fully deserved the win and our supporters said it was one of our best performances they had seen for many years.”
With Arran Pugh suspended, Shane White switched to the centre of defence, while Warren Daw came in at left back.
Jordan Copp and Liam Eddy were rested, with Cooke and Les Afful returning in a 4-4-2 formation and there was a more than welcome return for club skipper Jake Ash on the bench.
He has been out of action for much of the season with a groin problem and his availability in the closing weeks of the season will be a tremendous boost, even though he did not get on today.
After Jamie Lowry missed an early chance for City, shooting over from from an Afful pull back, Truro took the lead with Cooke volleying home at the far post from a cross by Lowry.
It was his sixth goal of the season and second in successive match after scoring the midweek winner at Burnham.
Ben Watson missed a great chance to make it 2-0, as City gave an impressive performance against the Hertfordshire side who had previously lost just twice at home in the league all season.
And it looked as if could prove costly, as Elliot Bailey levelled for St Albans early in the second half with a volley.
City though regained the lead almost immediately, with Green scoring his first of the season, netting from the edge of the box after good work by Watson.
The visitors then had to dig deep as St Albans pushed forward in search of an equaliser and Ollie Chenoweth brought off several top notch saves as City defended superbly, with the home side also rattling the bar
And then in stoppage time Massey;’s sealed a famous win when a quick counter attack saw Green make it 3-1 to send the City boss down the touchline in celebration.
City (4-4-2): Chenoweth; Tully, White, Kendall (capt), Daw; Lowry, Broad, Green, Cooke; Afful, Watson.
Subs: Copp, Brokenshire, Ash, Eddy, Fisher (gk).
Goals: Cooke (15) 0-1, Bailey (54) 1-1, Green 56 (1-2), Green (90 +1) 1-3.
Referee: Jason Richardson (Northwood).
City man of the match: Dan Green.