TRURO City made a triumphant return to competitive action following the second national lockdown on Saturday with a 5-1 hammering of Hampshire side Moneyfields in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday.

Steve Hutchings gave the hosts, who sit 17th in the Southern League Division One South, an early lead onside two minutes, but it was all downhill from there for the club from Portsmouth.

Rocky Neal was on hand to head home Dan Rooney’s cross and level the scores only two minutes later, with the next goal coming in the 54th minute when Tyler Harvey put City in front with a fine finish.

Truro made it three with Neal grabbing his second of the game on 75 minutes before Harvey made sure of progression two minutes later, with Kieran Hayes completing the rout in the final few minutes.

Truro City will learn their opponents in the second round proper of the FA Trophy on Wednesday.

The draw will be made for both the second and third rounds of the tournament, with the second round scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 and the third on December 19.

Truro: Hamon, Thompson, Riley-Lowe (Garside 80), Palmer, White, Richards, Rooney, Brett (Dickson 61), Battle, Neal, Harvey (Hayes 77).

The FA Trophy tie is set to be City’s only scheduled competitive fixture for the time being after the Southern Football League, together with the Isthmian League and Northern Premier League, voted to continue the suspension of their 2020/21 season.

The three leagues issued a joint statement on Friday stating their intention to suspend the leagues until the next government review on the current tier allocations and restrictions on December 16, and again on December 30.

Truro are the only club at steps 3 and 4 of the National League System to be situated in a Tier 1 area, which permits both supporters and the opening of clubhouses. Clubs in Tier 2 can have supporters but cannot open their clubhouses, while clubs in Tier 3 cannot have supporters either.

There were 224 clubs voting across the three leagues and of these 172 agreed with the proposition to continue the pause in fixtures, 51 disagreed and there was one abstention.

In the Southern League itself, 68 clubs voted to agree with 14 disagreeing.

The leagues expressed concern in the statement that the leagues may not be able to conclude in their intended format should the tier restrictions not be eased by the end of December.

The statement said: “If no progress is made by the Government on the Tiers in either of the two December reviews, it is the intention of the Alliance Committee to circulate those concerned with a survey to gather the views of the clubs as how best to finish the season. Options will include an alternative format competition and extending the season possibly into June 2021.”