Truro City 2, Hendon 1

TRURO City made it eight games unbeaten as the White Tigers fine form continued with a 2-1 win over Hendon at Treyew Road, writes Cameron Weldon.

Early goals from James Ward and Luke Jephcott put Truro in control and despite a late scare, they managed to secure their ninth league win of the season.

Paul Wotton’s men battled back from 0-3 down to draw 3-3 at home to Poole Town on Tuesday night, so confidence was sky high going into the encounter with the Kingsbury based outfit.

That confidence was evident from the get go and it wasn’t long before City opened the scoring. James Ward, making his first start since returning from injury jumped highest to head home a Will Dean cross with just four minutes on the clock.

A second was soon added as the returning Dan Rooney latched onto a mistake in the Hendon backline and squared the ball to Luke Jephcott who simply couldn’t miss as he tapped home from close range into an empty net.

Truro’s dominance continued as they tried to put the game out of sight. Rooney played in Tyler Harvey who turned in the box before firing over the bar while Niall Thompson forced Hendon keeper Chris Grace into save at his near post.

More opportunities arose before the first half was out. Firstly Jamie Richards headed just over the cross bar from a Dean corner. Jephcott then forced Grace into a smart stop from close range as the home side went into the break in complete control.

The second half started the way the first half ended with Truro looking for a third goal. Substitute Harrison Davis found himself one-on-one with the keeper but Grace did superbly well to halt his progress.

Dan Rooney then sliced a shot high and wide while his brother Louis came off the bench and appeared to have been tripped on the edge of the area but the referee waved play on.

There was then a big let off for Truro keeper James Hamon who tried to turn his man inside the box but lost out and luckily for him the ball went out of play.

A late Hendon goal from Francis Amartey made for a nervy ending as the striker fired low past James Hamon but despite some pressure Truro managed to see the game out and claim all three points.

The White Tigers remain second in the Southern League Premier South level on points with leaders Tiverton Town. They are next in action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Somerset to face play-off hopefuls Taunton Town.

Truro: Hamon, Thompson, Law (Davis 45), Ward, Gafaiti, Richards (c), Booth, Dean, D.Rooney (Garside 66), Jephcott (L Rooney 60), Harvey.

Attendance: 428