A Tyler Harvey hat-trick gave Truro City a perfect start to December as the White Tigers ran out impressive 5-1 winners over Walton Casuals at Treyew Road, writes Cameron Weldon.

Three goals from Harvey, along with strikes either side of half time from fellow forwards Alex Battle and Niall Thompson gave Truro their 13th league win of the season, as they remain top of the pile in the Southern League.

After back to back wins on the road at Blackfield & Langley and Beaconsfield, Paul Wotton’s men returned to Treyew Road for the first time in three weeks, and their fine form continued as they started brightly.

Rio Garside picked out Niall Thompson at the back post who couldn’t direct his header on target before Garside again sent in an inviting ball which was this time latched onto by Harvey who made no mistake with a powerful header into the top corner to give the hosts the early lead.

A second followed within five minutes. Some lovely build up play was finished superbly by an exquisite Harrison Davis pass who found Harvey who slotted into the far bottom corner of the goal to double Truro’s advantage.

Niall Thompson forced a good save out of the keeper before they managed to get a third on the brink of half time.

Harvey turned provider this time as he played in Alex Battle who made no mistake, scoring his second goal in as many matches.

Going into the second half, the visitors from Surrey managed to pull one back one the hour mark through their skipper Rene Howe, as the former Torquay United hitman jumped highest to head home from a corner past James Hamon to give them some hope.

Howe then had a glorious opportunity to get a second as he was found unmarked in the Truro area but the striker sliced his shot horribly wide.

Although any hope of a dramatic comeback was soon extinguished as Niall Thompson produced a fabulous Truro fourth. The striker took the ball off the feet of the defender before back heeling the ball into the net to put the game to bed with 20 minutes to play.

Although Harvey wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity of a hat-trick. With just two minutes remaining Ed Palmer sent a long ball over the top which the striker took down and lobbed it over the keeper before tapping into an empty net to wrap up a fantastic afternoon for the White Tigers.

Truro remain top of the Southern League Premier South by one point but can open up a four point lead on second place Chesham United if they win their rearranged game against mid-table Merthyr Town on Tuesday night at Treyew Road.

Truro: Hamon, Davis, Dickson, Palmer, Mbayo, Gafaiti, Dean, Garside (Law 61), Thompson (L Rooney 75), Battle (Jephcott 61), Harvey (c).

Attendance: 312