Truro City manager reflects on an 'extraordinary' weekend for the club in his latest exclusive column
IT CERTAINLY was another extraordinary weekend in the fortunes of Truro City football club – celebrations, disappointments, frustrations and resignations – it had it all.
We (Southern Premier team) gave a wonderful performance against a side favourites for a play-off spot, writes STEVE MASSEY.
Our display was excellent and we should have taken all three points. The feeling in the dressing room was one of real disappointment. We all knew for the fourth time in five games that two points had been lost.
If anyone wanted to know the value of somebody who can stick the ball in the back of the net, we surely do here at Truro City.
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Having played some of the best football during the season over this last month, the team is beginning to show its potential. However, those elusive goals really do emphasise the importance of a goal scorer in your side. I suppose all teams could look at and point to, if only this or only that.
But those four games should have realised another EIGHT points and that would have taken us high into the top half. It just shows the fine margins for success.
Our South West Peninsula side were on a great run, unbeaten and winning their last five games and they went to Porthleven full of confidence and looking to extend that run to six. Football, though, has a wonderful way of bringing you down to earth just when you think you are flying high.
After totally dominating the first half hour and missing at least three great chances to go ahead, the seconds in the final hour played like they hadn't seen each before. Losing in the end 5-1 it was a huge disappointment and setback to our outside promotion chances.
It was from this result that events then took a turn for the worse and, I am sad to say, Truro City lost a very good and honest man, in our manager Anthony Reynolds, who resigned later in the evening.
Anthony, who had his own reasons for stepping down, has done a magnificent job in managing our second team this season.
I spoke to him at length, but his mind had been made up and although it saddens me to lose an enthusiastic and hard working manager the club must now move on.
I would like to thank Anthony for all the excellent work this season and wish him and his family all the very best and hope he finds further success in whatever he does next.
Unfortunately, though, once again the rumour mill went into in overdrive. From conspiracy theories to just downright unbelievably made up clap-trap, the forums, websites and twitter went crazy. I was extremely pleased to see Anthony rightly rubbish the silly notion that some Mafia family connections (Masseys) had somehow been behind his resignation.
It was Anthony's decision to speak to and ask my brother Stuart to work with him. This was going to be a great partnership, but unfortunately things do happen in football, Anthony felt a particular issue was the last straw.
I totally understand where he was coming from. Working with our chairman, there is never a dull moment. He rightly asks for and demands success. He has every right to ask questions and express his disappointment when he feels things are not going right.
I have a fantastic working relationship with him. We have had many disagreements on the football side. Two or three really humdingers when the phones (and both our ears) were red hot. Though I believe that is healthy for a successful working partnership.
He asks questions, I give answers and we move on. Sometimes experience has taught me that to be a manager working with a chairman (particular one who quite rightly is has ambitious and demanding as ours) you have to have thick skin. Anthony will be back, a better and more experienced manager I am sure for his time here.
Finally, it was left to our superb Ladies' team to give us a win last weekend. Travelling to Weymouth on Sunday, Neil Phillips' team came back with three points.
They had to wait until the 70th minute for the first goal to go in, but then scored three more to end up winning 4-0 and cementing their place has favourites to take the title.
Football is never ever simple. If it was we would all be champions and cup winners.>