TRURO MISS CHANCE TO PULL CLEAR AT THE TOP:
Truro 1 Cheltenham A 2
After an impressive victory on Saturday, Truro missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of The Championship in the Davis Wood League game at Truro School on Sunday against the in-form visitors. to suffer their first home defeat of the season after seven straight wins.
In a tight opening, both sides jostled for supremacy and decent goal scoring opportunities were few and far between. Midfielders Adam Tatlow, David Chanter and Calum Westaway all made telling contributions defensively although Truro were struggling to find any fluidity with the ball. Perhaps this lack of quality was a result of both teams having had hard fought wins less than 24 hours earlier.
Both teams continued to misplace passes and lack precision in attack, until just before half time James Dunstan was sent to the sin -bin for what the umpire deemed to be a cynical foul.
From the resulting penalty corner Cheltenham took the lead in what was a well worked set play.
Into the second half and Truro continued to misfire until Dunstan returned from the sin-bin and joined Dan Round in the centre of defence.
The two of them were able to slow the game down and Truro started to enjoy some possession. J
ust as Truro looked like they might be getting back into the game Cheltenham scored again from a contentious penalty corner to double their lead.
Truro rallied and Sam Dunstan scored a spectacular solo effort from the top of the area, crashing the ball into the corner of the goal off the reverse of his stick to reduce the arrears.
Within minutes it should have been 2-2 after Sam Dunstan again made good progress down right wing, but Tom Haigh's finish went just wide of the left hand post.
Ed Varco and David Chanter also had chances to level, before with ten minutes remaining Truro believed they had scored only for the goal to be chalked off for dangerous play. There was still time for James Dunstan to crash a drag flick into the top of the upright direct from a penalty corner and by the end of the match Truro will have felt aggrieved not to at least taken a point.
With that win Cheltenham move up into second, three points behind Truro who will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they travel to Exeter University on Saturday (noon).
Truro 4 ISCA A 3
With both sides chasing the title this was always going to ba a tight match on Saturday.
The game started is familiar fashion for Truro who again conceded an early goal behind after a defensive mix up.
Truro struck back almost immediately however, with quick thinking from Ben eddy who played Sam Dunstan in on goal and he in turn rounded an advancing keeper and won a penalty when the keeper bought him down with an open goal begging.
James Dunstan, Truro's penalty flick taker stepped up and coolly dispatched the flick into the bottom corner.
Following a period of Truro pressure Isca caught the home side on the break and some magnificent skill and a finish to match meant Truro went into the break 2-1 down at half time. Following the interval, Truro started a lot better and continued pressure result with a well taken deflected finish by Ed Varco from a Tom Haigh strike on goal to make it 2-2.
Truro again piled on the pressure and shortly after their second they took the lead with a similar goal when great work from midfield trio Cal Westaway, Adam Tatlow and Dave Chanter created another opportunity for Ben Vddy who made no mistake from close range.
It was then 4-2 when James Westaway found himself with his back to goal and an inspired spin finish found the gap at the near post with ten minutes to go.
A change of formation invited Isca onto a compact Truro outfit who seemed to be defending excellently when a direct ball found a sliding Isca striker who expertly deflected the cross over the despairing Truro keeper. The home side though held on for a crucial win.
Bodmin 4 Truro 3
Truro Ladies found Bodmin a much different proposition than the team they beat 8-0 in their first Trelawney League One meeting back in October. The home side quickly took the lead but Elena Symes soon levelled.
With ten minutes left of the ha;f Bodmin won a short corner and although they had already had several but had been denied by Amie Tall.
However, this time Tall was beaten, giving the home side a 2-1 interval lead.
After the break Natalie Oliver made it 2-2 but after Billie Wood received a green card due to an alleged barge and Bodmin took full advantage to regain the lead.
But still Truro kept on fighting and Miranda Burton put some great balls through to Nat who linked well with Blythe Stedman and with about 5 minutes left in the game Oliver scored her second goal to make it 3-3.
From this point onwards Bodmin and charged forwards; this didn't phase the Truro players and great defending and clearances by Chantel Richards and Clara Husbands saw them denied.
But from a controversial short corner Tall made a great save and then Kelly cleared off the line but at the third attempt the home side forced the ball over in the line for a last gasp winner.
Player of the match: Kelly Jeffries.
Truro II 3 Plymouth Uni II 0
This Trewlaney 2 match started at a very fast pace with Tamar Hosking soon putting Truro ahead.
Good team work then gave Tamar Hosking another free run on the Plym Uni goal keeper and she made it 2-0 with some great skill beating the keeper in a "one on one".
The break gave Truro some time to regroup after some strong pressure from Plym Uni in the latter stages of the first half. An outstanding save from Truro's keeper Anoushka Kumar kept Truro 2-0 up before Hosking completed her hat trick.
AWARD FOR ST ERME:
St Erme Cricket Club has successfully completed its three yearly Clubmark re-accreditation and club chairman Martin Townsend has received the framed Clubmark Certificate from Chris Roberts, Cricket Development Officer at the Cornwall Cricket Board. Clubmark provides a framework to ensure that cricket clubs have in place suitable policies to ensure the safeguarding of children, the provision of a comprehensive programme of cricketing activities, that clubs engage with the communities that they serve to further involvement in cricket and that clubs are well managed.
In addition, St Erme is a Focus Club working closely with the Cornwall Cricket Board to develop its Junior Section and the facilities at the Club.
The club's winter indoor nets programme commences at the Cornwall Cricket Centre on the Truro College Campus for six weeks starting on Tuesday February 25 , from 8-10 pm weekly. Old and new members are all welcome to attend. Any new members should contact the Hon Secretary Nick Cole on 01872 270805 with any queries.