Football: Truro City v AFC Totton match report
WHAT a difference a win makes.
After all the disappointments in recent weeks, this Tuesday night victory was just the tonic City needed.
Two goals by top scorer Liam Eddy and a winning header from vice-captain Paul Kendall were enough to give City their first home league win in eight attempts and only their second in 2013.
The win was also enough to lift them a couple of places up the Calor League premier division table to 18th.
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Whether it will prove to be a turning point in City's fortunes, only time will tell of course, but psychologically it was a massive three points for Steve Massey's improving squad.
And even the stoppage time sending off of midfielder Joe Broad for a second bookable offence, when he kicked the ball away, did not detract from the relief felt around the ground at the win.
But of course being City, it was not straightforward, despite having the tremendous boost of a goal in less than two minutes, when Eddy latched onto Broad's ball down the left and beat stand-in Totton keeper Matt Fredericks with a fine finish after taking the ball past him.
They allowed the visitors to establish themselves back into the match and midway through the half the City defence stood off allowing George Branford to beat Ollie Chenoweth with a superb 25-yard strike.
And when poor City defending at a corner allowed Jamel Branker to put Totton 2-1 up after 63 minutes it looked as if it was going to be another night of gloom at Treyew Road.
But to their credit, the home side dug deep to chisel out the win with two quick goals from Eddy, whose shot squirmed under Fredericks, and Kendall with a header from Jamie Lowry's corner proved just enough to give City a priceless three points, after a couple of scary late moments.
And as City assistant manager Graeme Kirkup admitted after the game, it was all about the result as they completed the double over the Hampshire visitors, who they famously beat 3-1 at Wembley in the 2007 FA Vase final.
He said: "It is just a big relief for everyone to get a first league win at home.
"I don't think it was great and I don't think it was pretty but we showed character to come back from 2-1 down.
"I think the right team won but we should have done it more convincingly.
"We have had better performances at home, but we have won."
City boss Massey named an unchanged side for the first time this season as they looked to build on Saturday's improved performance in defeat against Cambridge City.
But after that great start, with Eddy's goal, the visitors started to get back into the game with Chenoweth bravely denying Liam Triggs before being beaten by Branford's piledriver.
Cody Cooke should have restored City's lead just before the break, but failed to put away a far post header from Lowry's cross with Fredericks stranded.
Totton started the second half the better with Chenoweth saving well from Luke Roberts, before the Hampshire side went 2-1 after Roberts flicked on a corner for Branker to score.
For a change, though, fortune favoured City, when, 17 minutes from time, Fredericks allowed Eddy's shot to go under him and into the net.
It was just the break City needed and two minutes later they were in front with Kendall powering home Lowry's corner.
City then lived dangerously at times, with Chenoweth saving well from Roberts and Shane White superbly blocking the follow up effort.
And in stoppage time there was a huge sigh of relief when a lob from substitute Taylor Edwards went just wide of the far post with Chenoweth out of position after making a save.
Broad then saw red, but it hardly seemed to matter on what could prove a crucial night in City's season.
Now they must build on the win, starting with Saturday's trip to play Hitchin Town and a trip to Frome on Wednesday.
Truro City 0 Cambridge City 1
AN 11th minute goal by Josh Dawkin condemned City to defeat against the promotion-chasing visitors on Saturday.
The midfielder's rather scuffed shot in the visitors' first serious attack proved enough to take the points, though City did enough to earn at least a share of the spoils but just could not find the net.
City boss Steve Massey said: "I thought we played really well against a top six side and showed what we are capable of.
"In the second half I honestly thought it was going to come."
Stand-in Cambridge keeper Enol Ordonez made several fine saves and City were also guilty of failing to take their chances on a frustrating afternoon.
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CITY: Chenoweth; Tully, Pugh, Kendall (capt), White (Sims 85); Lowry; Cooke (Slateford 77), Broad, Brokenshire (Evans 77); Afful, Eddy. Subs (not used): Copp, Watson.
CAMBRIDGE CITY: Ordonez; Ramm, Brighton, Lawton, Chaffey (capt), Farrell, Lewis, Beech, Marriott, Beasant, Dawkin (Allen 64). Subs (not used): Prada, Pepper, Midgley.
Yellow cards: Lewis.
Goals: Dawkin (11) 0-1.
City man of the match: Steve Tully, the experienced defender showed what an asset he will be to the team
Referee: Andrew Quin (Plymouth).