Heading west in search of another win
7:16am, Thu 27th Oct 2011
Truro City v Woking
3pm on Saturday 29 October 2011
The Cards make the long trip to Cornwall this weekend in search of three more points to extend their lead at the top of the Blue Square South, with all their promotion rivals except Welling engaged in Cup action. Woking’s six-point lead on Monday night, gained by their 4-1 defeat of Weston-super-Mare, was reduced to three points by an emphatic 5-0 win for Sutton on Tuesday evening. Truro recorded an even more eye-catching win the same evening, defeating Farnborough 8-2 – so Garry Hill’s side have been warned! For Steve Thompson the trip represents a return to a club he managed from December 2009 till March 2010.
Garry seems unlikely to make many changes to Monday’s line-up, although he has the option to recall either Alan Inns or Joe McNerney in central defence in order to allow Mark Ricketts to move back into midfield. Dale Binns was injured on Monday night and, if he is not fit, either Nathan Koranteng or Gez Sole could start. Wayne Gray hadn’t recovered sufficiently to make the substitutes’ bench that night but would be a very handy addition if he is now fit enough.
The White Tigers have rocketed up the non-League pyramid with five promotions in six seasons but the taxman is hot on their heels: a winding-up petition was issued by HMRC in late August and was due to be heard two days after this match. In addition, Truro’s Chairman, Kevin Heaney, who has masterminded the club’s ascent since his arrival in 2004, was recently involved in a bid to buy the ailing Plymouth Argyle.
Truro made a promising start to life in the BSBS, taking maximum points from their first three games: away to Chelmsford and then at home to Eastleigh and Dover. But – perhaps typifying their unpredictable form – they then lost the following four games: away at Salisbury and Havant and Waterlooville and at home to Dorchester and Maidenhead. Results since then have been mixed and, recently, bizarre! Their last four games have involved a 5-2 defeat at home by Basingstoke in the league, a shock 7-2 defeat at Gloucester City in the Cup, an impressive 2-1 win at Dartford in the league and, on Tuesday, their 8-2 demolition of Farnborough. Make of that lot what you will – but there isn’t usually any shortage of goals.
Truro now sit in 8th place in the table with 22 points from 14 games. At home they’ve won three league games and lost four, scoring 14 goals and conceding the same number.
Truro’s squad includes a couple of well-known former opponents in the veteran Barry Hayles, who plied his trade for Stevenage Borough before enjoying a very successful League career, and Les Afful, who has played for Exeter, Torquay and Forest Green Rovers. But Andy Watkins, Stewart Yetton and Scott Walker have also been amongst the goals. Many of the squad have League experience with West Country clubs.
Truro City FC
The coach can also pick fans up and drop them back to the Exeter services (on the M5, near where the A303 joins the M5) between 10.30am and 11am on Saturday. The cost for this will be £18 for Cards Trust members / £23 for non-members.
Those wishing to use this offer are asked to book their place in the normal manner with the Club Shop, saying that they would like to be picked up at Exeter. Phone or email the Club Shop (01483 772470 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your place.
From the A30 at Carland Cross roundabout take 2nd exit onto the A39 (signposted Truro). At the next roundabout take 1st exit onto the A39 entering Truro and at the traffic lights turn right onto Tregolls Road. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Morlaix Avenue - A39 (signposted Falmouth, Redruth (A390)) and then take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout passing Tesco on your left. Follow up the hill and go straight over the double mini-roundabout. Now simply continue (along Treyew Road) for approximately ½ mile and the ground will be on your left.
Nearest station: Truro
It is in fact possible to get there and back on the day by train. Cutting it fine, you could get the 09.25 from Woking to Guildford, arriving at 09.33, and then take the 09.44 to Reading, arriving at 10.19. There is then a train at 10.32, getting into Truro at 14.27. On the way back there is a train at 17.25 with changes at Exeter St David’s and Basingstoke, arriving at 23.31 or one at 18.24 with changes at Reading and Virginia Water, arriving at Woking at 00.19.
Check details on www.thetrainline.com
The ground is a 10-minute walk from the station.
Senior Citizens: £7
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. If you’re not travelling to Truro how about going along to Wey Court to see Godalming Town take on Maidenhead United, Woking’s nemesis, in the FA Cup? Alternatively, at Kingfield, Hayes and Yeading take on Cambridge United in another Cup tie.