Truro City 2, St Albans City 1

A 91st minute Louis Rooney strike gave Truro City all three points on their return to their rightful home Treyew Road as they came from behind to beat play off hopefuls St Albans City 2-1, writes Cameron Weldon.

Coming off the back of a 5-3 away defeat to Welling United on Saturday, Truro struggled to make an early impression, in what was a lacklustre opening period.

The visitors dominated possession and had the majority of the action in the first half with a number of half chances that didn’t worry Truro keeper Harvey Rivers.

Top goal scorer Tyler Harvey came the closest for the White Tigers in the first half with a free kick that went just wide of the post before Jared Lewington had a header that was comfortably saved by keeper Dean Snedker.

Nick Hurst had a shot saved after some good interplay by Truro but again he was denied by Snedker, meaning the two teams went in level at the break.

Going into the second half it was St Albans who took the lead just before the hour mark. A lapse in concentration in the Truro defence, let Sam Merson in after mistakes from both Booth and Grimes and his strike was too strong for Rivers.

The White Tigers needed to respond quickly and that’s exactly what they did. After a handball in the St Albans box, Truro were awarded a penalty and Tyler Harvey stepped up and equalised with just over twenty minutes to play, netting his 16th league goal of the season, making him the joint top goal scorer in the National League South.

The home side then had two huge chances. Firstly, River Allen tried his luck from range, with his effort agonizingly rattling the cross bar before Lewington had a shot cleared off the line.

On loan Plymouth Argyle forward Alex Battle, making his first start for the club then played an inviting ball across goal after some good play from Hurst but Harvey was unable to get on the end of it.

With the teams still level, St Albans had a penalty appeal waved away before substitute Louis Rooney fired in a stoppage time winner for the White Tigers to give them all three points. This incidentally was Rooney’s first goal of the season after an injury hit campaign.

Truro: Rivers, Riley-Lowe, Grimes, J.Richards (c), Booth (L Rooney 63), Allen, D Rooney, Battle (Bentley 90), Hurst, Lewington, Harvey.

St Albans: Snedker, McLeod-Urquhart, Clark, Kiangebeni (Sambou 70), Knight, Bender, Wyatt, Kamdjo, Merson (Diedhiou 70), Moyo, Banton (Da Costa 81).

Attendance: 272