Football: Bashley v Truro City match report
Bashley 2 Truro City 2
AFTER withstanding a second half battering, City looked to be heading for their first win of the season at Bashley on Tuesday night.
But, leading 2-1 and with the game into the final minute, former Torquay United striker Tim Sills was allowed to head home a Josh Casey corner from close range to deny City all three points.
And their misery was compounded moments later when full-back Warren Daw was the victim of a bad challenge.
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He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where it was confirmed that he had suffered a dislocated elbow. It was put back in place and his arm is now in a cast.
City boss Steve Massey said the defender could be out of action for at least a couple of months, if not longer.
He branded the challenge as an "assault".
"It was an horrific injury. Dawsy took the full force of the challenge. It is a real blow for him and us. He had an outstanding game."
City produced some impressive first half football, taking the lead after eight minutes when Shane White's driven cross from the bye-line was headed into his own net by Bashley defender Middleton.
And five minutes from half time, City doubled their lead when a shot from Jared Sims took a deflection on its way into the net.
This followed a ten minute delay when one of the referee's assistants suffered an injury, sparking a loudspeaker appeal for a replacement.
Eventually a jeans-clad volunteer came forward but Massey took exception when it looked as if he would be taking the Truro defensive end.
And after he went onto the pitch to protest, the newcomer was switched to the other end.
City needed to hold onto their lead until the break but right on the interval conceded when a long clearance put Jack Odam clear and he beat the Tigers' FA Vase winning keeper Dan Stevenson, who has been signed as cover from Launceston, because Ollie Chenoweth was unavailable because of work commitments.
It was a bad time to give a goal away and after the break the home side pummelled the City defence with high balls into the box.
But City, with one or two scares, stood firm, until that cruel finale.
Massey said: "We played some fine football in the first half but they battered us after half time with their route one tactics.
"We gave away too many silly free-kicks which put us under pressure. It was a case of what might have been but we are still unbeaten after two, though we could easily have taken all six points. It is a learning curve for many of the team."
City: Stevenson; White, Ash (capt), Evans, Daw; Afful, Sims (Swain 63), Cooke, Brokenshire, Copp (Broomfield 78); Eddy (Coombes 68). Subs (not used): Harper-Penman, Gwinnet.