IT may only have been a pre-season friendly, but this was an excellent result for Truro City.

Louis Rooney's second-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory for the White Tigers against a Plymouth Argyle side three divisions above them.

In isolation, you could say it was a bit of a freak result, but coupled with a 0-0 draw against Argyle's rivals Exeter City - also three divisions above them - on Friday, you can hardly deny that it has been a superb start to pre-season for Truro.

Those of an Argyle persuasion, who dominated the spectacular 1,766 crowd at Treyew Road last night, may have left the ground thinking to themselves: "Ah, it's only pre-season, it doesn't matter that much."

That may be true. It is, after all, only a pre-season friendly. It was also Ryan Lowe's first match in charge and the first time the players have attempted to play under his style of play as they look to rebuild after a relegation season.

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Truro's Harlain Mbayo (left) tussles with Plymouth's Scott Wootton (centre)

But all of that is true of Truro. It was Paul Wotton's second match in charge of the White Tigers as they look to rebuild after their own relegation last term.

Much of Truro's team is on a trial basis, too. One of them was Liskeard Athletic striker James Lorenz, who looked very promising in the first half as he harried the professional Argyle defenders and enjoyed a few shots on goal, including one effort that curled narrowly wide.

Lorenz, who scored more than 50 goals in the South West Peninsula League Division 1 West for Liskeard, looks set to join Truro for the season ahead.

Another trialist was goalkeeper Jordan Wright, formerly of Nottingham Forest, who had an excellent game between the sticks and kept the Plymouth attack quiet, as did his defence of Jamie Richards, Harlain Mbayo and James Ward, who looks just as assured as he did in his Falmouth Town days.

Their hard work meant that Truro had the better of the first half chances, which included a thunderous strike from distance by Noah Keats that was well saved by Michael Cooper, although Wright had to tip Joe Riley's shot on to the crossbar just before the break.

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Truro City trialist James Lorenz played the first 45 minutes

The second half saw an almost completely new Argyle side, as Lowe looked to give his entire squad a run-out in their first pre-season game.

Wotton did not do the same, nor did he have the numbers to do so, but one of the half-time subs was ex-Argyle man Rooney, who capitalised on a mix-up between defender Scott Wootton and trialist goalkeeper Jordan Holmes to slot home from six yards and silence the Argyle fans.

As expected, this woke the English Football League Two side up a bit and they began to trouble the home defence a bit more, with Calum Dyson, Alex Fletcher and Klaidi Lolos all getting shots away as the half wore on, but none could find a way past Wright.

Truro made a few subs as energy levels began to drop, allowing Niall Thompson, Bodmin's Max Gilbert and Ward's former Falmouth team-mate Tom Annear to enter the fray.

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Truro City trialist and former Falmouth Town and Porthleven man Tom Annear

After spending long periods of the game on top with their high pressing from the front, the tiring hosts began to drop back and soak up the mounting Plymouth pressure.

They didn't stop working, though, as Ward did well to clear one attack, before another white shirt managed a vital interception on Tafari Moore's cross that seemed destined for Ryan Law to head home, while Annear threw himself in front of another dangerous ball from Moore.

After around six minutes of added time, the final whistle blew. Truro had completed a victory that will offer little in terms of tangible reward, but it will do wonders to lift the mood around a club and fanbase that has had little to cheer in the last 12 months or so.

Truro: J Wright, J Ward, H Mbayo, J Richards, M Ndiaye, A Booth, N Keats, J Roberts, B Diau, R Garside, J Lorenz. Subs: L Rooney, N Thompson, C Harvey, R Keats, M Gilbert, T Mitchell, C McGhee, A Callejo, T Annear.

Plymouth: M Cooper, J Riley, M Peck, S Wootton, N Canavan, A Smith-Brown, A Randell, A Sarcevic, D Mayor, R Taylor, L Jephcott. Subs: J Holmes, G Sawyer, J Edwards, C Grant, J Grant, C Dyson, T Moore, C Sangster, R Law, A Fletcher, K Lolos, T Purrington.