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HARVEY PENALTY GIVES CITY NARROW WIN

MATCH REPORT; TRURO CITY VS HARTLEY WINTNEY; NOVEMBER 16TH 2019

The White Tigers picked up their 10th league win of the season after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Hartley Wintney at Treyew Road.

Luke Jephcott put us ahead inside 62 seconds before the visitors from Hampshire equalised midway through the first half. We we awarded a penalty which Tyler Harvey kindly accepted to restore our lead and gift us the three points.

After successive cup ties and a number of postponements we returned to league action for the first time since October 23rd looking to bounce back from last weekends disappointing FA Trophy exit to Blackfield and Langely.

With Paul Wotton starting both our new signings Ed Palmer and Ryan Dickson, we started the game in impressive fashion. With barely a minute on the clock we had the lead. Palmer on his return sent a long ball forward which was knocked on by Harvey into the path of Luke Jephcott who made no mistake from close range, as he slotted past the keeper for 1-0.

More City chances followed. First, Harvey again set up Jephcott but this time the forward couln’t convert as he fired straight at the keeper. Jephcott then turned provider for Niall Thompson as he played his strike partner through but he fired his powerful effort just wide of the target.

Ed Palmer then saw his free kick rebound off the wall back to him before seeing his second bounce off the post to Luke Jephcott who was denied a second from close range.

Those chances came back to haunt City as the visitors managed to equalise on 34 minutes. We failed to clear our lines and Shane Hollamby managed to sneak a header past Hamon to level the scores.

Going into the second period we continued to see the lime light of possession and got our reward on 56 minutes. Man of the Match Dickson did superbly out wide to pick out Thompson who saw his effort blocked by the hand of Jack Ball who was sent his marching orders by the referee, and a a penalty awarded Truro’s way. Harvey stepped up and finished with ease to score his seventh of the season.

Alex Battle again looked lively off the bench and did superbly well out wide to pick out Jephcott but despite being at full stretch the striker couldn’t quite get on the end of his delivery.

We then joined our visitors in going down to 10 men as Adel Gafaiti was given a second yellow card.

The White Tigers remained defensively strong and despite being under the cosh a little with 5 minutes or so to play managed to see the game out and pick up another vital 3 points.

We now turn our attentions back to cup football as we travel to Taunton Town again on Wednesday evening in the Southern League Challenge Cup KO 7.45pm.

TRURO: Hamon, Davis, Dickson, Palmer, Mbayo, Gafaiti, Thompson (Battle 70), Dean, Booth (Richards 75), Jephcott, Harvey (C).
ATTENDANCE: 412
MOTM: Ryan Dickson
BOOKINGS: Gafaiti x2