Truro inflict late heartbreak on Rebels

Truro City

Truro City

Neal (pen 29, 65), Porter (89)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Goddard (85), George (87)
League Attendance: 116
Truro City secured a late victory as Slough Town left Gloucester City’s Meadow Park empty-handed, writes Joey Gargini.

David Ogbonna’s shot on target in the 17th minute was the first chance of the game for the Rebels. The Slough wide man took the ball from the left side of the Truro City area, smartly cut inside, and fired the ball at goalkeeper James Hamon, who pushed the ball behind for a corner.

Slough continued their strong start to the game with a powerful effort from captain, Josh Jackman in the 27th minute. Jackman found space on the edge of the area and unleashed a powerful strike, but Hamon blocked well.

Only two minutes later Truro City won themselves a fortunate penalty kick. Dan Sullivan crossed the ball in from the left wing and saw his cross hit the arm of the helpless Scott Davies, with a penalty kick harshly awarded. The subsequent spot kick from Andrew Neal sent Dan Lincoln the wrong way and into the bottom left corner to give the home side the lead.

Truro began to take control of the game as they won the majority of the midfield battles and halted the Rebels from creating any meaningful chances for the remainder of the first half.

The final chance of the half came in the 44th minute with a Truro free kick distributed down the left wing for Dan Sullivan. He squared the ball into the feet of Ed Palmer who failed to convert, sending his shot wide of the target.

Slough had the first chance of the second half from a close-range strike from Johnny Goddard. In the 49th minute, Matt Lench’s corner kick was poorly cleared by Truro’s defenders, with Lench redistributing the ball to Goddard. He curled an effort which looked destined for the top right corner of Truro’s net, but the shot was met by the fingers of Hamon, who tipped the ball over the bar.

Against the run of play, the home side doubled their lead in the 65th minute when Andrew Neal tapped the ball home from point-blank range from a low, driven cross from Josh Hinds across the face of the goal.

The Rebels had the majority of the ball late in the second half, with a flurry of attacking play unable to break down the organised City defence up until the 85th minute.

A low ball from Jackman found Goddard in the centre of the Truro box, who made no mistake with a low strike to put the Rebels back into contention.

Just two minutes later, the Rebels had clawed their way back into the game. A dangerous corner kick found the head of Leon Chambers-Parillon who nodded goalwards. The effort was poorly dealt with by Hamon who spilled the ball at the feet of the arriving Gabe George who had a simple task of finding the back of the net and scoring his first goal for the club to level the scores.

However, less than a minute from the restart, the home side reclaimed the lead, undoing the Rebels’ hard work in pulling level. Andrew Neal broke through Slough’s defence from a direct long ball. His initial strike came off the post, but rebounded back to him out wide. He excellently picked out Adam Porter in the middle who buried the ball to win it at the death for the Cornish side.

The Rebels are back in action on Easter Monday against playoff hopefuls St Albans City, as Scott Davies’ men look to bounce back and extend their unbeaten record at home to 21 games.

Truro City Lineup

Hamon, Melhado, Riley-Lowe (c), Palmer, Dean, Sullivan (Buse 69), Hinds (Porter 76), Neal, Munakandafa (Johnson-Fisher 69), Harrison, Law. Unused substitutes: Adelsbury, Kavanagh.


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